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What is Fashion Week?Edit

A fashion week is a fashion industry event, lasting approximately one week, that allows fashion designers or "houses" to display their latest collections. Fashion Shows are typically the highlight of fashion week. The most prominent fashion weeks are held in the fashion capitals like Milan, Paris, London and New York.[1] In the early and mid 2000s, fashion weeks sprang up around the globe to draw attention to designers elsewhere.[1]

CharacteristicsEdit

In the major fashion capitals, fashion weeks are semiannual events. "Autumn/(Fall)" fashion weeks, showcasing designers' fall collections, are held January through March, and "spring" fashion weeks, showcasing spring collections, are held September through November. Fashion weeks must be held several months in advance of the season to allow the press and buyers a chance to preview fashion designs for the following season. This is also to allow time for retailers to arrange to purchase or incorporate the designers into their retail marketing.

Fashion weeks are attended by buyers for major stores, editors of fashion magazines, the media, celebrities, and members of the entertainment industry. In years past, fashion weeks were predominantly for "the trade only"; however, today they are entertainment and media events. They may incorporate live musicians, celebrity guests, lavish galas and charity events, and a few allow the public to purchase special passes to see the runway shows or attend expositions which display handbags, jewelery, shoes, hats and cosmetics. Many important fashion design schools participate in the shows, as well.

Some fashion weeks can be genre-specific, such as a Miami Fashion Week (Swimwear), Prêt-a-Porter (ready-to-wear) Fashion Week, Couture (one-of-a-kind designer original) Fashion Week and Bridal Fashion Week, while Portland (Oregon, USA) Fashion Week has taken on a green hue to become the world's first sustainably produced fashion week showing eco-friendly designers from around the globe.

HistoryEdit

The earliest fashion week, held in New York City in 1943, was designed to attract attention away from French fashion during World War II, when fashion industry insiders were unable to travel to Paris to see French fashion shows.[2] Fashion publicist Eleanor Lamber organized an event she called "Press Week" to showcase American designers for fashion journalists, who had previously neglected their innovations.[2] (Buyers were not admitted to the shows and instead had to visit designers' showrooms.[2]) Press Week was a success, and fashion magazines like Vogue, which were normally filled with French designs, increasingly featured American fashion, However after the war, people returned to Paris, and to other fashion "superpowers" London and Milan, for the new fashion weeks that had emerged, at this point in time, these four cites and even to the present day, control the fashion calendar, which in the aspects of the buying side, and journalistic side, is good, as it means less travel and the ease of simply jetting from New York, to the next in line London, then to Milan and lastly Paris in the space of one month, for buyers abroad,

Cities with fashion weeksEdit

The following list includes fashion weeks that are internationally or nationally notable.

City Name Date established
Amsterdam Amsterdam International Fashion Week 2004[3]
Athens Moda Athena 2004[4]
Auckland New Zealand Fashion Week 2001[1]
Bangkok Bangkok Fashion Week 2005[5]
Barcelona Barcelona Fashion Week
Belgrade Belgrade Fashion Week 1996[6]
Berlin Fashion Week Berlin 2007[7]
Buenos Aires BAF Week 2001
Cape Town Cape Town Fashion Week 2003[8]
Copenhagen Copenhagen Fashion Week 1964 (Unknown in its current form) [9]
Hong Kong Hong Kong Fashion Week 1968[10]
Johannesburg Joburg Fashion Week 2007[8]
Kiev Ukrainian Fashion Week 1997[11]
Kuala Lumpur[12] Malaysia Fashion Week 2007-2008
Lahore Pakistan Fashion Week 2007
Lisbon Moda Lisboa/Lisbon Fashion Week
London London Fashion Week 1961 (1993 in its current form)
Los Angeles Los Angeles Fashion Week 2003[13]
Madrid Madrid Fashion Week 1984 (Known as Pasarela Cibeles until 2006)
Melbourne L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival
Mexico City Fashion Week Mexico 1998[14]
Milan Milan Fashion Week
Moscow Russian Fashion Week 1994 (2003 in its current form)[15]
New Delhi India Fashion Week 2000[16][17]
New York City New York Fashion Week 1943 (1993 in its current form)[2]
Oslo Oslo Fashion Week
Paris Paris Fashion Week 1973 in its current form
Portland Portland Fashion Week 2003[18]
Prague Prague Fashion Week 2002[19]
Reykjavík

Riga

Iceland Fashion Week

Riga Fashion Week

2000[1]

2004

Rio de Janeiro Fashion Rio
Rome[20] Rome Fashion Week
San Francisco San Francisco Fashion Week 2004[21]
Santiago Pasarela Santiago 2006
São Paulo[22] São Paulo Fashion Week 1995[23]
Singapore[24] Singapore Fashion Week
Sydney Australian Fashion Week 1995[8]
Tehran 2006[1]
Toronto L'Oreal Fashion Week 2001[25]
Tokyo Japan Fashion Week 1985 (2005 in its current form) [26]
Vancouver British Columbia Fashion Week 2004[27]
Zagreb Zagreb Fashion Week 2003

Glasgow Fashion Week- Glasgow Scotland

New Glasgow, Scotland Glasgow Fashion Week

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