Provenance: Her grandfather Marshal Ye Jianying was one of Chairman Mao’s generals and later helped propel Deng Xiaoping to power. Deng ushered in China’s new era; Ye attended Central Saint Martins.
Known as: The Nina Garcia of China; she’s a judge on Creative Sky, China’s version of Project Runway.
Day job: Designs Studio Regal, a bridal- and evening-wear collection.
Royal wedding: In 2009, she married at the Forbidden City in what Chinese Vogue dubbed the “wedding of the century.”
Power prognosis: Off the charts: Ye’s family is reportedly close to Xi Jinping, who’s expected to become China’s next president.