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Most Creative People 2018

Telfar Clemens

Designer, Telfar | New York

For making fashion sizzle
The Most Creative People in business 2018

In 2005, Telfar Clemens, a son of Liberian immigrants, launched a clothing collection specifically designed to transcend traditional categories. The clothes are unisex, mixing traditionally feminine features (like cowl necks) with masculine features (like football jerseys). In 2017, he suddenly found himself at the helm of the fashion world after winning the CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund. The same year, he landed a contract to make all 15,000 uniforms for White Castle employees. The shirts were also sold for hundreds of dollars at chic stores like Opening Ceremony, which is all part of Clemens's strategy to undermine socioeconomic categories about who is allowed to wear designer fashion. 

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