EDGE Fast Fact – How Big is Fashion Week Worldwide?

Did you know  Wikipedia list over 75 countries that produce fashion events?

Here’s a little context of how big the fashion show industry is:

Are you familiar with the Big Four?  The four fashion capitals and most prominent fashion weeks are held in New York, London, Milan, and Paris.  The first New York Fashion Week [NYFW] was held in 1943 and is based on a much older series of events called “Press Week”, founded in 1942.

According to CFDA, over 230,000 people attend New York Fashion Week per year.  NYFW’s annual September and February events generate close to $900 million in total economic impact.  The number of NYFW runway shows, presentations, and events is 256, reports FashionCalendar.com.

Phoenix Fashion Week before the guests

The fashion scene has become more multi-polar with other cities of fashion weeks in Los Angeles, Berlin, Tokyo, Shanghai, and Madrid.  Beyond that, there are independents and producers in just about every key city across the globe that produce fashion shows.  Hmm. . . so how many does that add up to in a year?  Wikipedia list over 75 countries that produce fashion events.  Let’s start adding . . there are a number of cities in each of those countries, fashion weeks generally are at least twice a year, plus all the local and regional independent producers.  You do the math! 1000’s of yearly fashion events, worldwide!  I project there could be 5,000 to 10,000 shows per year. That’s a lot of fashion.  The next question to ask, how necessary is it.

Feature Image:  David Tupaz, Courtesy of Style Fashion Week LA

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