In a dazzling unveiling of fashion’s most influential figures, The Business of Fashion presented the Class of 2023 for The BoF 500 in Paris.

This prestigious roster pays homage to the trailblazers, visionaries, and catalyzers who are leaving an indelible mark on the world of fashion.

Imran Amed, Founder and CEO of The Business of Fashion, shares his thoughts on this milestone: “Ten years ago, we set out to identify the people shaping the global fashion industry, recognizing those who are driving exceptional innovation, change, and creativity. Starting with those 500 names, we have grown our index to include exciting talents representing more than 70 nationalities. The combined experience, tenacity, and drive of The BoF 500 Class of 2023 is truly inspiring and illustrates how fashion, business, culture, and technology all intersect. We are delighted to welcome them all into our global community.” The future of fashion, it seems, is in capable hands.

Now in its remarkable 10th year, The BoF 500 Class of 2023 boasts members representing 44 nationalities, residing in 26 different countries across the globe.

Among the luminaries who have joined this illustrious group are Pharrell Williams, reggaeton sensation Karol G, and Gucci’s innovative Creative Director, Sabato de Sarno. Notably, the Middle East has contributed its own heavy-weights to this constellation of talent.

Amy Roko

Amy Roko is a multifaceted talent from Saudi Arabia – she is known for her work as comedian, rapper, and content creator. Her ascent as a social media influencer has opened doors to regional modeling campaigns with renowned fashion and beauty brands. What sets Amy apart is her unapologetic, extroverted personality, challenging preconceived notions while proudly donning the niqab (face veil) as a Saudi Arabian woman.

Khadija Al Bastaki

Khadija Al Bastaki, Senior Vice President of Dubai Design District (D3), deserves accolades for her role in unifying and streamlining the often-fragmented landscape of fashion events in Dubai. Al Bastaki’s endorsement of Arab Fashion Week, now rebranded as Dubai Fashion Week, under the auspices of D3, has brought cohesion to the industry.

Mohammed Ashi


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Mohammed Ashi, the trailblazing Saudi Arabian couturier and founder of Ashi Studio, has etched his name in history by becoming the first couturier from the Gulf region to join the esteemed Fédération de la Haute Couture in Paris as a guest member in 2023. Ashi’s journey began with studies in fashion design and patternmaking at Esmod, followed by a stint at Givenchy. Eventually, he embarked on his own venture, establishing Ashi Studio in Saudi Arabia in 2007 before relocating to France in 2018.

Rami Al Ali


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Rami Al Ali, the eponymous designer behind his label, stands as a beacon of sophisticated couture adored by socialites and celebrities alike. Born in Syria, Al Ali embarked on his fashion journey in Dubai after graduating from the art college of Damascus University in 1995. In 2001, he established his couture line in Dubai, captivating the Gulf region with his creative brilliance and meticulous craftsmanship.

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