It is January already and in Paris, it means Fashion Week! One of the most glamourous fashion event is taking over the French capital and we love it. Discover the history of this event here. Stay at our luxury boutique hotel on Haussmann boulevard for the Fashion Week.
A bit of history…
Although it is common to think that Paris was a pioneer in celebrating a Fashion Week, it was not like that. The United States took advantage of the crisis that the French country was going through during 1943 due to the war. It was a process during which the production was paralyzed and took the opportunity to celebrate in New York the “Press Week”, which was aimed at journalists and give visibility to American designers. This was the First Fashion Week, an idea that was later held in Milan (1957), London (1961) and Paris (1973).
Despite starting to celebrate Fashion Week 30 years later than New York, it quickly began to grow and gain importance. In the 80s, it was already the most mediatic and interesting event for the media that came expectantly to discover the new collections of the great French designers and also of the young creators. Year after year, great designers who made history follow each other on the catwalks: Yves Saint-Laurent, Givenchy, Christian Dior, Jean-Paul Gaultier …
Although it was not a pioneer in the Fashion Weeks, we can not forget that the concept of haute-couture was born in France in the 18th century. A century later, the fashion shows were born in the French capital thanks to Charles Frederick Worth, a French designer of English origin, known as “the father of Haute Couture “. Launches in 1858, the first collections that go one step ahead of anything ever done before, was presented in the Parisian salons, on models of flesh and bone.
Ten years later, in 1868, thanks to the impulse of Frederick Worth, the Trade Union Chamber of Haute Couture was created, predecessor of the Federation of Haute Couture and Fashion (Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode). At present, it is the organism that organizes the Paris Fashion Week. Its main mission is to develop the fashion industry in France, to keep a calendar and to organize collections presentations.
In the 20th century, parades began to take place as we know them today, incorporating music and sets that became increasingly sophisticated and spectacular.
Today, Paris is the main protagonist of the Fashion Weeks season. And this can be explained by the numbers that register: a total of 6 weeks of fashion throughout the year: high costural in January and July, men’s fashion in January and June and prêt-à-porter (ready-to-wear) in March and September.
Dates of the event:
- Men from Tuesday, January 15th to Sunday, January 20st, 2019
- Haute Couture from Monday, January 21st to Thursday, January 24th, 2019
- Women from Monday, February 25th to Tuesday, March 5th, 2019
- Men from Tuesday, June 18th to Sunday, June 23th, 2019
- Haute Couture from Sunday, June 30th to Thursday, July 4th, 2019
- Women from Monday, September 23rd to Tuesday, October 1st, 2019
Find the information
The Fashion Week 2019 places can be tricky to find, so ask informations to our concierge at our luxury boutique hotel on Boulevard Haussmann. You can also come and enjoy some luxury shopping surrounded by the greatest French designers.