23 Women Shaping Fashion, Art, and Design Today

On the occasion of International Women's Day, we resurface some of our favorite recent profiles on influential women in often male-dominated industries.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we take a look back at a few of the kick-ass women in the worlds of art and design we’ve profiled over the past couple years. From architects like Jeanne Gang and Odile Decq to fashion designers such as Gabriela Hearst and Emily Adams Bode, these women have claimed their place in history—and have no signs of slowing down. Here, 23 of our favorite stories on these movers, shakers, and industry shapers.

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Rossana Orlandi

Rossana Orlandi is the design world’s most influential people you’ve probably never heard of. Read more about the Milan gallerist »


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Jeanne Gang

Fusing engineering and ecology together, this Chicago-based architect takes projects to new heights. Read more about her city-shaping »


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Gabriela Hearst

This designer runs a sophisticated fashion label and grew up on a sheep ranch. Read more on her two lives »


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Elena Marquina

Since founding her brand, Nanimarquina, in 1987, the Spanish rug designer has embraced the unknown to become a leader in her industry over the past three decades. Read more »


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Stephanie Goto

The Japanese architect and designer has a wide-ranging portfolio, with a specialization in thoughtful hospitality and restaurant projects. Read more »


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Anna Rabinowicz

The creator of Anna by Radlabs, a geology-inspired housewares brand, she’s also spent time working on developing medical prosthetics, teaching industrial design at Parsons, and continuing her natural science studies. Read more »


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Emily Adams Bode

The New York–based designer draws on history and antique fabrics to inform her contemporary menswear collections. Read more » 


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Rebecca Rudolph and Catherine Johnson

Operating under the name Design, Bitches, this Los Angeles–based duo of architects has an agenda to create safe spaces and influence people along the way. Read more »


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Kinjil Mathur

A first-generation Indian-American, Mathur is breaking barriers in the predominantly white, male-dominated, tech world. Read more »


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Anda Andrei

Having spent almost 30 years as the head of design for Ian Schrager, Andrei opened her first solo project, The Asbury in Asbury Park, New Jersey, two summers ago. Read more on the designer and her hotel that’s transforming a city»


Yolande Milan Batteau

This designer’s bespoke wall coverings line some of the world’s greatest fashion houses. Read more about Batteau’s upcoming creative frontiers »

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Esperanza Spalding

This multi talented composer, vocalist, and bassist has deep roots in Portland. Read about the places that shaped her growing up »


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Kate and Laura Mulleavy, with Catherine Opie

The Mulleavys, who founded the fashion label Rodarte, join artist Catherine Opie in conversation. The three speak about the sisters’ first feature film, a psychological drama that premiered last September at the Venice Film Festival. Read more »


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Solange Knowles 

As she charts the next course of her career, the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter of “A Seat at the Table” fame trades pop stardom for performance art. Read more »


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Sarah Williams Goldhagen

Author and architecture critic Sarah Williams Goldhagen explores the parallels between the world of design, the environment, and how this affects our health. Read more on her philosophies, and latest book Welcome To Your World (Harper)»


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Stephanie Beamer, Crystal Ellis, and Hillary Petrie

Last summer, the trio behind the New York studio Egg Collective curated the exhibition “Designing Women,” composed of works from female designers, including Lindsey Adelman, Dana Barnes, Maria Moyer, Natalie Herrera, and more. See the show »


Paula Scher

Pentagram’s legendary partner has worked on major projects for the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Ballet, the High Line, the Public Theater, and, perhaps most importantly, Shake Shack. Read about her advice for surviving in the business »

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Odile Decq

The 2016 recipient of the Jane Drew Prize, this edgy French architect has become an advocate for women in the field and the next generation of practitioners. Read more »


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