Kim Kardashian Credits Her Fashion Awakening to Kanye West: 'He Introduced Me to Everyone'

Kim Kardashian gives husband Kanye West credit for her trendsetting approach to style

After spending more than a decade in the public eye, Kim Kardashian West has solidified her place as one of the most trendsetting stars in Hollywood. Her love of high-fashion first started at a young age, thanks to mom Kris Jenner‘s “amazing” closet.

“When I was 16 whenever the time was coming for prom, I would go through my mom’s closet — it was always Mugler, Alaïa, Versace, Chanel — she had the best wardrobe,” Kardashian West, 38, tells PEOPLE exclusively in this week’s issue. “She would always be really generous and share her things with us, like I always wore her Alaïa dresses to parties.”

The reality star adds, “To this day she saved so much of it and she’s given some really cool pieces to me and my sisters. That was such a fun time.”

But her true fashion awakening came later in life after she first began dating now-husband Kanye West.

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“My style has definitely evolved,” she says. “When I met Kanye and he really started to bring me to Paris he introduced me to a bunch of people. I think one of the first people I met were [designers] Riccardo Tisci and Alber Elbaz.”

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Kardashian West’s conversations with the industry leaders opened her eyes to the fashion world.

“When I went to Montreal to the Mugler exhibit [in February] or when I went to the Alaïa exhibit with Mr. Alaïa [in 2014], I learned so much along the way from so many of the best people in the world,” she says, adding, “So my appreciation has changed enormously.”

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Kardashian West previously called her husband her biggest style influence when she was named one of the most stylish women of 2018 in PEOPLE’s annual Best Dressed issue.

“I really do get all of my inspiration from my husband,” the star told us “He makes my life so easy.”

  • For more on Kim’s style influence, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE on newsstands everywhere Friday, April 12.

It helps being the wife of a designer when it comes to putting ensembles together. “I literally just wear all of the Yeezy samples,” she admitted. “They have a team of stylists and they put it all together,” she says. “I’m totally inspired by Kanye and the Yeezy team — and listen to the advice of everyone over there who is making all the clothes.”

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