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- n. A person who creates or promotes high fashion, i.e. a fashion designer or fashion editor.
- n. A person who dresses according to the trends of fashion, or one who closely follows those trends.
Coined by Stephen Fried in Thing of Beauty: The Tragedy of the Supermodel Gia in 1993. It is a combination of fashion and the Italian, Spanish or Portuguese suffix: -ista. Compares to other -ista neologisms such as Sandinista, Peronista, Guardianista. (Wiktionary)