Would you like to know what are the best fashion events in 2020? Well, you are in the right place! From Milan to Shanghai, Paris to New York, we handpicked for you the best fashion events.
If you are passionate about fashion, you have to follow what happens in the world’s top fashion events – they are the best place to find new fashion trends.
A fashion show is an event organized by fashion designers or stylists to showcase their upcoming line of clothing and/or accessories.
The shows debut every season, particularly in the Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter seasons. This is where the latest fashion trends are made.
The display of the clothes on the runway is often an intellectual and artistic construction of the designer’s ideas. The public has the task of interpreting them, while appreciating the details and workmanship of every single item.
Many of the contemporary designers tend to produce their own shows as if they were theatrical performances, with additional elements such as live music and technology components.
Here is our list of the world’s most famous fashion events of 2020:
- Pitti Uomo, Italy
- Paris Haute Couture Week, France
- New York Fashion Week, U.S.
- London Fashion Week, U.K.
- Milan Fashion Week, Italy
- Paris Fashion Week, France
- Tokyo Fashion Week, Japan
- Shanghai Fashion Week, China
- Met Gala, U.S.
- CFDA Fashion Awards, U.S.
- Green Carpet Fashion Awards, Italy
- Website: Pitti Uomo
- Location: Florence, Italy
- Dates: January 7-10, 2020 and July 16 – October 30, 2020
The first fashion event to mark on the calendar is Pitti Uomo. Pitti Immagine Uomo presents the men’s clothing and accessories collections from the best international designers twice a year.
The event is the meeting point par excellence for buyers from all over the world who focus on the quality of Made in Italy of famous and emerging international brands.
Its origins date back to the 1950s, when the success of Florentine artisan tailors began to grow on the international scene. More precisely, the origins of Pitti Uomo date back to 12 February 1952, with an event called First Italian High Fashion Show, and originally dedicated to women’s fashion.
This year the Fortezza da Basso in Florence hosted the 97th edition of Pitti Uomo and the fashion shows took place from 7 to 10 January 2020. As every year, Pitti Uomo chooses a different theme and that of this year was: “Show your flags”.
The second edition of the physical fairs was postponed to January 2021, but Pitti Connect, Pitti’s innovative and revolutionary digital platform that will host special events and fashion projects, is taking place from July 16 and will run until October 30.
Paris Haute Couture Week
- Website: Paris Haute Couture
- Location: Paris, France
- Dates: January 20-23, 2020 and July 6-8, 2020
By definition, Haute Couture is the creation of exclusive custom-fit clothing which is meticulously crafted by the industry’s most skilled artisans. Its origins are attributed to Charles Frederick Worth who founded the first true Couture House in 1858.
The Haute Couture collections are presented twice a year, in January and in July. This year, the Spring/Summer Collection was presented from 20 to 23 January 2020, while the Autumn/Winter one from 6 to 8 July.
New York Fashion Week
- Website: New York Fashion Week
- Location: New York, U.S.
- Dates: February 4-12, 2020; September 11-16, 2020 and December 6-10, 2020
Although there are many famous fashion weeks around the world, only four are known as the “Big Four“: New York, London, Milan and Paris.
The New York Fashion Week is the first to kick off the Fashion Week season twice a year, taking place at the beginning of February.
The first New York Fashion Week was created in 1943 by Eleanor Lambert, press director of the New York Dress Institute, the American fashion industry’s first promotional organization.
This year, the event was held from 4 to 12 February and from 11 to 16 September, 2020. From 6 to 10 December 2020, instead, the New York Fashion Week will present the Pre-Fall and Fall/Winter collections.
London Fashion Week
- Website: London Fashion Week
- Location: London, U.K.
- Dates: February 14-18, 2020 and September 17-22, 2020
The London Fashion Week is the shortest and the youngest of the Big 4 fashion weeks, lasting just 5 days, and quickly following the New York Fashion Week.
The first official London Fashion Week took place in October 1983 and its location was a car park.
This year, the London FW took place from 14 to 18 February and from 17 to 22 September. The participating designers were 34, along with 34 retailers, 23 media and 6 advertising partners.
Milan Fashion Week
- Website: Milan Fashion Week
- Location: Milan, Italy
- Dates: February 18-24, 2020 and September 22-28, 2020
The Milan Fashion Week is held twice a year in Milan, Italy. The Spring/Summer Show Event is held in September/October, while the Fall/Winter one is held in February/March.
The Italian fashion week owes its origin to Giovanni Battista Giorgini who, inspired by Eleanor Lambert, the mother of fashion week, organized a series of shows at Palazzo Pitti in Florence.
Thanks to him, Italian fashion gained international legitimacy, but due to problems of overcrowding in the city of Florence, fashion shows were moved to Milan where, in 1975, the first Fashion Week took place.
The Milan Fashion Week lasts exactly 7 days. This year, the first fashion week took place from 18 to 24 February and the other one from 22 to 28 September.
Paris Fashion Week
- Website: Paris Fashion Week
- Location: Paris, France
- Dates: February 24 – March 4, 2020 and September 28 – October 6, 2020
Finally, the Paris Fashion Week is the last of the year of the Big 4 and the longest one lasting 9 days.
The first Paris fashion week was conceived in 1973 by the Fédération Française de la Couture and it was held at the palace of Versailles, while in recent years it has been held in the Carrousel du Louvre.
In general, the first week is held at the end of September until the beginning of October and the second one at the beginning of March. This year, it took place from February 24 to March 4 and from September 28 to October 6.
Tokyo Fashion Week
- Website: Tokyo Fashion Week
- Location: Tokyo, Japan
- Dates: March 16-26, 2020 and October 12-17, 2020
Hosted by the Japan Fashion Week Organization, the Tokyo Fashion Week is held biannually with the Autumn/Winter collection in March and the Spring/Summer one in October.
This year, the Japan Fashion Week organization decided to present the Tokyo Fashion Week in live streaming. On the dedicated platform, until March 26, it was possible to follow the official schedule and view the lines of the designers who have joined the fashion show via web.
Shanghai Fashion Week
- Website: Shanghai Fashion Week
- Location: Shanghai, China
- Dates: March 24-30, 2020
The Shanghai Fashion Week is held two times every year in Shanghai and it is part of the Shanghai International Fashion Culture Festival which usually lasts for a month.
The first edition of the Shanghai Fashion Week was in 2001. Supported by the Ministry of Commerce, it is a business and cultural event hosted by the Shanghai Municipal Government.
For the 2020 edition, even the Shanghai Fashion Week organizers decided to move the event online. Therefore, all fashion shows were broadcast from March 24-30 via Tmall, Alibaba Group’s e-commerce platform.
- Website: Met Gala
- Location: New York, U.S.
- Dates: May 4-5, 2020
Another famous fashion event is the Met Gala. Also known as the “Met Ball”, it is an annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City.
The first edition of the Met Gala took place in 1948 and was aimed at raising funds for the new Costume Institute. Nowadays, all exhibitions serve to place fashion within the context of contemporary culture.
This year, the theme was “About Time: Fashion and Duration”, but due to the Coronavirus, but the physical event was canceled and became digital.
However, many celebrities contributed to the online programming of the event which was broadcast on the Vogue America Youtube channel on 4 and 5 May.
CFDA Fashion Awards
- Website: CFDA Fashion Awards
- Location: New York, U.S.
- Dates: September 14, 2020
The CFDA Fashion Awards is an event organized by the Council of Fashion Designers of America, which honors excellence in fashion design in America. For this reason, it has been called “the Oscars of fashion“.
The first awards issued by the Association were in 1984 with a Lifetime Achievement Award to the stylist James Galanos. Subsequently, different award categories were defined which were then standardized at the end of the 1990s.
The 2020 edition was the first in digital mode and was broadcast through the Runway360 online platform on September 14. The winners were announced by Tom Ford in a video posted on the digital platform of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
Green Carpet Fashion Awards
- Website: Green Carpet Fashion Awards
- Location: Milan, Italy
- Dates: October 10, 2020
In conclusion, the Green Carpet Fashion Awards is an innovative event that was created to promote and reward fashion houses and emerging designers who are committed to making their products sustainable and ethical.
Since 2017, the National Chamber of Italian Fashion and Eco-Age, a sustainability consultancy agency founded by Livia Firth, annually confer an award to stylists, entrepreneurs and artisans who have encouraged sustainability in the fashion sector.
This year, the fourth edition of the GCFAs will be broadcast on Saturday 10 October on Sky Uno. They will also be broadcast during Shanghai Fashion Week where a special event will be held to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the relationship between Italy and China.
As Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana states, “the show combines cinematic footage with a combination of augmented reality and visual effects, with the world’s best talents and commentators appearing as holograms”.
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