NYFW | New York Makes the Fashion Map

With over 75 years worth of history, NYFW is still the reigning highlight of the year for designers and socialites within the fashion industry. From humble beginnings to being one of the largest and most important centers of fashion, New York Fashion Week dates back to 1943 when it was merely called “Press Week of New York.” This series of ritzy glam was brought to you by press director for the New York Dress Institute, Elenor Lambert.

When “Press Week” originated it’s focus was to attract attention to American designers as journalists had no access to French shows during World War II. Talk about, making a way out of no way. Magazines such as Vogue and Bazaar finally showed interest in American designers and inspiration.

Now notably Fashion Week in New York is known to be one of the “Big 4” most important centers of fashion -- Paris, London, Milan, and New York. The concept of fashion week is a semi-annual event that’s held every February and September of the year. It’s the first real look into the designer’s styles and trends that’ll be popular for the following season.

During the 60s and 70s the events became scattered throughout the city at various lofts, galleries, and nightclubs. In 1993, the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) consolidated the events and created New York Fashion Week.

NYFW peaked and included nearly 300 shows come 2010. Due to disagreements between the fashion industry and Bryant Park’s management over expansion, a new location was on the verge and the event was moved to white tents within the plazas of Lincoln Park.

In 2015 NYFW gave our men some attention and dedicated the first menswear show produced by the CFDA. Fall/Winter 2019 was notable for 9 of the 10 most booked models for NYFW were models of color. NYFW 2019 is booked with 45.8% people of color, which is a percent higher than last year and the highest in records.

The evolution of NYWF has evolved immensely and has thrived on vintage classics mingled with emerging designers. The fashion industry will forever have a creative outlet to indulge in within New York Fashion Week.


- Alexis Milton