After living in NYC for the past ten years, one thing I've realized is that I should have moved here at an earlier age. If I could go back in time, my one regret would probably be not being able to go to college in this amazing city. Having majored in fashion merchandising, I would have loved to go to FIT or the Fashion Institute of Technology. In New York City, this school is pretty iconic in terms of credibility, programs, and networking, essentially the epitome of a fashion school. One of the most amazing things that FIT does that is free to the public is to curate these amazing exhibitions every year. This year's exhibit is absolutely relevant to the Global Garbs audience. Featuring historical and current top designers from all around the world, the exhibit displays the TOP GLOBAL FASHION CAPITALS. You can check out the full exhibition online, but here are a few highlights:
LONDONIn the 60's and 70's London was all about youth culture and vibrant designs from designers such as Mary Quant. Today the city is seen as a fashion capital due to amazing talent such as Alexander McQueen and John Galliano. The British Fashion Council also played large part in ensuring that London maintains it's avant-garde talent from an international standpoint. It's 2015 International Fashion Showcase featured more than 400 designers from over 50 countries.
images via FIT
MILANKnown for luxury ready to wear, and iconic brand such as Prada or Gucci have some amazing pieces on display as well. In 1975 the National Chamber of Italian Fashion began to hold Fashion week in this manufacturing hub. Florence and Rome have also been fashion cities but what started as a rivalry between the two cities ended up benefiting Milan.
NEW YORK In the beginning, New York City would copy Paris' top fashion designers. But during the Nazi occupation of Paris, they were forced to design independently. This is when New York's garment district began to become seen as more creative. The CFDA was then founded in 1962 to "help strengthen the influence and success of American designers in a global economy". In the next decade New York began to challenge Paris as the most prominent fashion city.
Now known for functional sportswear, and the originators of major fashion editorials such as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and Women's Wear Daily, New York is still on top in terms of begin recognized as the number one Fashion Capital.
Image of NYC designers Proenza Schouler and Alexander Wang via FIT
PARIS As the originators linked back to fashion since the 18th century, Paris has had a very evolved fashion system. Led by Englishman Charles Frederick Worth. Designers such as Chanel, and Christian Dior helped to establish business in Paris to be seen as as the couture capital. During the 60's and 70's, ready to wear became much more important and innovative. Today Paris remains the world’s leading fashion capital, supporting world-renowned brands and fostering new design talent.
You can read more about the top fashion capitals of the world here and view the entire exhibition online.