Paris Fashion Week 2023, a dazzling spectacle of style, is set to grace the capital from Monday, September 25, to Tuesday, October 3, 2023. Dive into the essence of this grand event as you embark on an exclusive journey through the fashion capital with our specialized Paris Fashion Tour.
Unraveling the Origins: A Stroll Through Fashion Week History
Pioneers of Elegance: Poiret and Worth
Fashion Week finds its roots in the 19th century, amidst the Industrial Revolution. Visionaries Paul Poiret and Charles Frederick Worth, prominent fashion designers in Paris, conceived the event. Their innovative approach involved presenting creations on live mannequins during social gatherings, transforming them into captivating performances.
Birth of an Institution: Chambre Syndicale de Haute Couture
The success of these events led to the establishment of the Chambre Syndicale de Haute Couture in 1868, now known as the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode. Its primary goal was to foster the growth of the fashion industry.
American Influence: The Emergence of Press Week
During World War II, the United States played a pivotal role in promoting American fashion. The precursor to Fashion Week emerged in New York in 1943, known as Press Week. Eleanor Lambert, a trailblazing fashionand contemporary art journalist, orchestrated the event, which was institutionalized in 1950.
Global Expansion: The “Big Four”
Following American success, Italy launched its fashion week in 1958, initially in Florence and later in Milan. London joined the league in 1984, forming the renowned “Big Four” alongside Paris, New York, and Milan.
Renaissance in Paris: 1973 and Beyond
The modern Paris Fashion Week, as we recognize it today, debuted in 1973. Iconic Haute Couture houses like Givenchy, Dior, Cardin, Saint-Laurent, and Ungaro graced the inaugural event.
Cultural Revival: The 1980s and French Artistry
In the 1980s, President François Mitterrand aimed to restore France’s prominence internationally. Minister of Culture Jack Lang utilized fashion to showcase the French art of living, revitalizing Paris as the fashion capital. Fashion Week gained official support, providing a platform for young designers and fostering collaboration between fashion and art.
Venues of Elegance: From Louvre Courtyard to Iconic Parisian Landmarks
For a decade, the Louvre’s square courtyard hosted Paris fashion shows. As time progressed, Haute Couture brands embraced the most iconic venues in Paris for their showcases.
Unveiling the Glamorous Stages: Where Paris Fashion Week Takes Center Stage
Prestigious Venues: A Glimpse into Fashion Week Locations
Fashion Week unfolds in prestigious locales across Paris, tailored to the preferences of brands and designers. The Grand Palais hosts Chanel’s spectacular showcase, while the Rodin Museum transforms into Christian Dior Couture’s runway. The Louvre serves as the playground for Louis Vuitton’s captivating display.
Decoding the Calendar: When Paris Fashion Week Steals the Spotlight
Triptych of Elegance: Three Categories, Six Shows
Paris Fashion Week is divided into three categories, each featuring two shows annually—one for spring/summer collections and one for autumn/winter collections:
Menswear: January and June
Womenswear: March and September
Haute Couture Week: January and July
The official calendar, orchestrated by the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, sets the stage for womenswear spring/summer 2024, scheduled from Monday, September 25, to Tuesday, October 3, 2023.
Explore Paris in Vogue: A Fashionable Stroll with Tootwalk
Continue your exploration of Paris, viewed through the prism of fashion, with our one-hour guided walking tour, “Paris, the capital of fashion.” Immerse yourself in the experience, featuring the Tootwalk feature, available on the Tootbus app. Step into the heart of Parisian elegance and style, where every step tells a story of fashion’s grandeur.