The womenswear shows will run from September 28 to October 6.

By Balthazar Malevolent


Following the cancellation of men's fashion week earlier this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic, regular scheduling is set to start again in September. Paris Fashion Week will return in September for the Spring/Summer 2021 women's shows, according to a statement issued by the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode.

Paris Fashion Week.

No other details have been released re the schedule or its participants but the shows shall take place between September 28th and October 6th. The statement of the Federation goes on to add that the event "will comply with the recommendations of public authorities for its implementation." The physical fashion week will run alongside a specially created online platform.

The Coronavirus crisis has led brands to search for new and innovative ways of showing their fashion weeks collections. London staged an online-only event earlier this month, while Burberry has announced their plans for a show in the "British outdoors" in September. Also in September both Pitti Uomo and Milan Fashion Week are set to go ahead.

Interesting fact:

Although New York hosted the first Fashion week, the event itself derives from "salon shows" ("défilés de mode" in French, literally "fashion parades") in couture salons in Paris.

A fashion week consists of events showing collections of multiple designers. Before this event has been recognized in New York City, fashion showings were held in Paris as early as the 1700s. These early collections have been shown on mannequins only to customers purchasing products. Showings began to change during the 1800s. Charles Frederick Worth, noted for haute couture, started to show many pieces together with a higher style. Jeanne Paquin was the first designer to publicize her shows, and after her events, Paul Poiret was the first to host parties.

In the mid-1800s, an Austrian princess and wife to the Paris Ambassador, Mme Pauline von Metternich, saw one of Worth's sketches and employed him to make her a gown. Through his powerful clients he gained much recognition and in 1858 he opened his own haute couture house in Paris which would sell luxury fashion to women of the upper class.

In September, we will be publishing footage from Rick Owens, Mugler, Courreges Parisian shows to name but a few. Stay tuned!

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