The History of Fashion Week

The History of


Since 1943, fashion week has assembled the world's most famous and innovative designers to show their Fall or Spring collections to press, buyers and admirers. Here is a look at the beginnings of fashion week and the trends it helped to set.

Fashion Week Timeline

1943 First Fashion Week

The first fashion week was held in 1943 by

publicist Eleanor Lambert in New York. It was

originally titled 'Press Week' and was assembled

to showcase American designers.

1958 Milan Fashion Week

In 1958, Camera Nazionale del Moda Italiana

set up the first fashion week showcasing

Italian designers.

1961 London Fashion Week

The British Fashion Council orchestrated the

first London fashion show in 1961 featuring the

new avant-garde movement Mod.

1963 Madrid Fashion Week

1963 Copenhagen Fashion Week

1973 Paris Fashion Week

Moves to Carrousel du Louvre.

1985 Japan Fashion Week

2007 Over 40 Different

Fashion Weeks Established

By 2007, over 40 different fashion weeks have

been established including: Hong Kong, Barcelona,

Stockholm, Morocco, Mumbai, Los Angeles and


1993 New York Fashion

Week Moves to Bryant Park

2010 New York Fashion Week

Moves to Lincoln Center

1943 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010

Revival: 1980s Revival: Late 80s Revival: Mid 90s Revival: 2002

Little Black Dress

Created by Coco Chanel in

1926, the little black dress

became a staple of American

women's wardrobes after

World WarII.

Stiletto Heels

Heeled shoes had existed

since the 1800s but Roger

Vivier revived the opulent

style of a tall heel using a

thin steel rod.

Sack Dress

First exhibited by Hubert

Givenchy in 1957. This

waistless shift dress

changed dress silhouettes

for the next 20 years.


Mary Quant

developed the first

mini skirt in 1965.

It became an iconic

symbol of swinging


Maxi Dress

In 1968, Oscar de La

Renta created a lace

variation of the now

popular maxi dress. It

fell out of fashion in

the late 70s, only to

be revived in 2008.

Designer Jeans

Calvin Klein is credited

for the first pair of

designer label jeans.

Jeans had been popular

prior to the late 70s but

never considered high



Fashion shows begin to

show latex, neon and

'cyber' inspired pieces.


Leggings have been in

use since the 17th

century, but modern

leggings for women

were reintroduced by

Patricia Fields in 1979

and became hugely

popularized during the

1980s aerobics craze.

New York Fashion Week

Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week is considered the

most famous of all the fashion weeks, requiring a massive

amount of resources and money.

=1,000 cups

26,000 cups

Cups of Espresso drunk

during fashion week.

= 1 bull elephant

87,200 lbs

The collective weight of all 800

female runway models. That is

equivalent to 6 bull elephants.

=100 interns

500 interns

Number of fashion interns

abused backstage at the

runway shows.

=10 bottles

240 bottles

Average amount of Moet

Champagne imbibed at

after parties.

=1,000 bags

200,000 gift bags

Over 200,000 gift bags will be

distributed at runway shows to guests

and press.

Top WTF Fashion Week Moments

Fashion week isn't always champagne wishes

and caviar dreams. Here are a few bizarre,

ridiculous or scandalous trends and moments

that came from fashion week.


Viktor and Rolf

Viktor and Rolf's 2007 Fall/Winter

collection featured individual lighting rigs

and backdrop curtains for the school

portrait connoisseur on the go.


Double Umbrella

Alexander McQueen and Philip Treacy put

forward a collection of hats for Fall 2010,

including the double umbrella hat which

doubles as a mini water tower.


Aliens: The Fashion Victim

Alexander McQueen's Summer 2010

Collection featured shoes straight from

Sigourney Weaver's nightmares.


Stop Hammertime

The 2008 runways saw a resurgence in the

harem or 'Hammer' pants, popular in the

late 1980s. The modern revival resembles

satin adult diapers.


Frog Legs

Jean-Charles de Castelbajac designed a

whole line of dead Muppet attire for his

2009 Spring Summer Collection.



In 2002, PETA jumped on the runway of the

Victoria's Secret fashion show to protest

Gisele's use of fur.

The History of Fashion Week

shared by judithgold on Jan 24
Fashion Week has been reigning the fashion world since 1943. This infographic provides a short history and timeline of fashion week and highlights the most important moments.




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