2016 was a hard year all around. It was the year we lost both David Bowie and Prince. It was also the year we lost groundbreaking fashion designers like Sonia Rykiel, the queen of knitwear, and André Courrèges, the master of fashion futurism. Richard Avedon muse China Machado, America's first non-white supermodel, left us well. The fashion press said goodbye to both Bill Cunningham, the father of street style photography, Franca Sozzani, the iconic and ever forward-looking editor of Italian Vogue, and Aileen Mehle, the sharp-tongued gossip columnist known as "Suzy."

Under regular circumstances, the world of fashion is one that always looks forward to what's next, but it is not without sentiment, especially when it loses one of its own. Here we remember the designers, models, photographers and journalists and others–each an icon in their own right–who made their mark in the world of fashion and style before they left us this year.