The idea of the fashion show came to existence in France in 1858 at a Parisian fashion house, otherwise known as the House of Worth. Charles Frederick Worth presented a “parade,” or défilé, of models wearing his designs to his wealthiest clients, inventing the idea of both the fashion show and the live model. The first official American fashion show occurred in 1903 in a New York City shop called Ehrich Brothers. In 1943, during the German occupation of France, Eleanor Lambert of New York City organized the fashion shows of numerous designers under a single period of time, calling the shows “Press Week.” In 1945, the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture established a time during which each designer exhibited a minimum of 35 looks, establishing a time of “haute couture,” or “high fashion.” In 1958, the National Chamber for Italian Fashion established “Settimana Della Moda” in Milan; however, many individual designers such as Dolce & Gabbana exhibited and continue to exhibit their models without the interference of the National Chamber for Italian Fashion. In 1973, the French Fashion Federation organized “Paris Fashion Week,” presenting many “prêt-à-porter,” or “ready-to-wear,” designs at the Versailles Palace. In 1984, the British Fashion Council founded “London Fashion Week.” The shows in New York City were simply called “7th on Sixth,” in honor of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, until 2004 when Olympus, a camera company, renamed the series of shows “Olympus Fashion Week.”
A Look into the Prêt-à-Porter Paris Fashion Week of 2017
In the Prêt-à-Porter Paris Fashion Week from September 25 to October 3, designers presented the spring and summer looks of 2018 to crowds in numerous locations across Paris. Below are numerous designs exhibited at the show.