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Where Was the First Fashion Week?

Updated: Nov 26, 2019

What is the most exciting time of the year for fashion lovers?


Obviously the fashion week!


A long-awaited sacred moment for fashion addicts who cannot resist the temptation to discover the new collections and the best moments of each edition, this is held twice a year in the main fashion capitals, between January and February when fashion shows are held Fall/Winter collections and between September and October where their Spring/Summer collections are shown.

Held in all the world, only four are known as the "Big", namely Paris, Milan, London, and New York.

But let's go into more detail and see where fashion week is born and when!


Paris Fashion Show, 1945

The first fashion shows, held for the first time in Paris in 1945 in the atelier of the main stylists after the development of the Couture industry in 1850 thanks to the famous Parisian designer Charles Frederick Worth, considered the father of Haute Couture, in a very short period of time have involved the main European fashion capitals.



The importance of fashion week began to grow considerably in the post-war period, reaching even the United States. The first fashion week in New York, then called Press Week, was the first event in the world linked to fashion. Organized by Eleanor Lambert to show the work and new collections of American designers to journalists and to divert attention from French fashion during the IIWW, the event took place in 1943 and was an absolute success.


In 1962 the Council of Fashion Designers of America was founded, which favored the economic growth of the American fashion sector worldwide. It was precisely in the 1960s that the sector grew exponentially, numerous magazines, such as Vogue, began to include photos of models on the catwalk and the fashion shows became a highly recognized product, growing not only in popularity but also in size. The collections were presented twice a year, in September and February, this being a cyclical event, this event began to be recognized with the New York Fashion Week meaning.


The Battle of Versailles Fashion Show in Paris, 1973

It was only in 1973 that the Paris Fashion Week was inaugurated by the French Fashion Federation, while in Milan, the National Chamber of Fashion in 1958 founded Milan Fashion Week for the first time, but it was only in 1975 that the first Fashion Week took place. Finally, in 1984, the British Fashion Council promoted London Fashion Week.


Thierry Mugler Couture Show in Paris, 1984

Regarding the NYFW until 1994, the New York fashion shows were held in different places, such as hotels, galleries or lofts. From 1994 to 2009, the event was held in a tent at Bryant Park, introducing the concepts of exclusive invitations, lists of celebrities sitting in the front row, and big sponsors like Mercedes-Benz. Access was only possible by invitation. From 2010 to 2015, the event was moved to the Lincoln Center, after which it moved to Clarkson Square, Soho.


The Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Show at Lincoln Center, 2015

This year the event decided by the Council of Fashion Designers of America took place from 6 to 11 September. Unlike previous years, the fashion week was shorter, in fact, the new president of the Council of Fashion Tom Ford, given the severe crisis that involved the previous edition, decided to revolutionize it by committing to bring it back to the splendor of past years. Five days but still full of important events, hosted 82 fashion shows and presentations, with major brands such as Marc Jacobs in the huge space of five thousand square meters of Park Avenue Armory, with a front of models with tailored and colorful dresses that he walked towards the audience sitting on the chairs, Ralph Lauren who presented the collection for the current fall, with a performance by the jazz musician Janelle Monáe; Michael Kors in Brooklyn, particularly patriotic also for the soundtrack, from Don McLean's American Pie to Simon and Garfunkel's America, Oscar de la Renta, Proenza Schouler and Ford himself.

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