One of our biggest scoops of 2015 was our exclusive interview with leading trend forecaster Li Edelkoort, who announced that "fashion is dead". The provocative interview, in which she described fashion as "a ridiculous and pathetic parody of what it has been," was widely reported by other publications and generated a slew of comments.
Edelkoort followed up with an "anti-fashion" manifesto explaining why she felt the industry was "obsolete" and then continued in iconoclastic mode, announcing a new interdisciplinary design course at Parsons School of Design in New York, which she hoped would "loosen things up".
This year the Dutch soothsayer proved she was not interested in a quiet life by launching New York Textile Month, a four-week celebration of fabric.
Born in the Netherlands in 1950, Edelkoort advises fashion companies and consumer brands around the world. In 2003, Time magazine named her one of the 25 most influential people in fashion.