taste·​mak·​er | \ ˈtāst-ˌmā-kər How to pronounce tastemaker (audio) \

Definition of tastemaker

: one who sets the standards of what is currently popular or fashionable

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She is one of the most powerful tastemakers in the fashion world.
Recent Examples on the Web And some of its finest practitioners were regional bands who — whether thanks to snobbery or geography — couldn’t win over tastemakers in London or Los Angeles. Brian Raftery, New York Times, "12 Essential Lesser-Known Power-Pop Songs," 13 May 2020 The longtime tastemaker, brand consultant and stylist to A-list clientele such as Michelle Obama, Lupita Nyong'o, Constance Wu, Hilary Swank, Winona Ryder, and Michelle Dockery is launching a new arm to her business: bridal styling. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Celebrity Stylist Micaela Erlanger Is Now Styling Brides," 3 Dec. 2019 Coachella, which is promoted by Goldenvoice, a division of AEG Presents, holds a special position in the touring market as a tastemaker, and is closely watched in the industry for its bookings, its fashions, its hashtags. Ben Sisario, New York Times, "Concert Giants Live Nation and AEG Suspend Tours as Virus Spreads," 12 Mar. 2020 After reigning in 2017 and 2018, ABC's Grey's Anatomy rules the top shows list yet again, maintaining its reputation as a tastemaker for music discovery on television. Kevin Rutherford, Billboard, "Tunefind's Top TV/Film Syncs of 2019: 'Grey's Anatomy' On Top for Third Year, Billie Eilish Rules Artists List," 20 Dec. 2019 Helping to distinguish The Farewell was A24, an indie distributor that's earned an unusually avid fan following through branding itself as Hollywood's premier tastemaker. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "Could A24’s ‘The Farewell’ Be This Summer’s Biggest Indie Success Story?," 17 July 2019 Of course, stars like Christina Hendricks, Ellen Pompeo, Jaime King, and tastemakers such as Claiborne Swanson Frank and Sophia Amoruso managed to have a great time without me. Amy Preiser, ELLE Decor, "The Website Design-Loving Celebrities Can't Get Enough Of," 18 Mar. 2014 In recent years social media has helped Muslim fashion designers, photographers and amateur tastemakers definitively prove to the rest of the world that religious modesty and creative personal style can coexist. New York Times, "18 Art Exhibitions (and 1 Architectural Wonder) in N.Y.C. Right Now," 12 Mar. 2020 Founded in 2012, the company has quickly become the industry’s most reliable tastemaker. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "In an era of franchise clones, A24’s original indie films continue to stand out," 13 Feb. 2020

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1954, in the meaning defined above

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“Tastemaker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tastemaker. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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: a person whose judgments about what is good, fashionable, etc., are accepted and followed by many other people

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