Sunday, June 7, 2015


Global Fashion Capitals at the Museum at FIT opens with Instanbul; (R) Arzu Kaprol

Thoughts of fashion week stir memories of London, Milan, Paris and New York. As new designers emerge, new empires of style continue to globalize the fashion landscape. Within 2014's  premier fashion capital (as named by Global Fashion Monitor), The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology opens a new exhibit, Global Fashion Capitals. Organized by Ariele Ella, assistant curator of textiles, 80 items from emerging talent appear alongside established greats in one of 2015's best curated fashion exhibits yet. Keep reading for more...

(L) Manish Aurora/New Delhi (Spring 2006), (M)

Though selectively succinct, the excellent edit highlights current and historically significant designers, starkly representative in each city's fashion scene. 16 cities to watch--including Kiev, Sao Paolo, Seoul and Berlin--are presented, rising in fashion prominence and producing designers of trend-worthy talent. Shanghai, a center of commerce for China, and Sao Paulo, whose fashion week is the largest in Latin America, vie for the next spot following NY, London, Paris and Milan as preeminite global fashion capitals. Despite political and economic unrest, Kiev and Johannesburg have found fancy with fashion editors through Nkhensani Nkosi (Stoned Cherrie), who re-invented post-apartheid fashion and Anton Belinskiy, who staged a fashion shoot amid protests during the Ukrainian Revolution. Government support in Copenhagen and Seoul help fuel their foray in fashion.

(L) Lie Sang Bong/Seoul (Fall 2006), Big Park / (R) Seoul (Spring 2015)

"When selecting which emerging fashion capitals to include in the exhibition, the curators considered a number of indicators to show that a city's fashion scene is growing. All the featured cities are home to forward-thinking designers who have achieved domestic success and attracted international interest. They also hold fashion weeks attended by international press and fashion buyers." 
[source: FIT Museum]

(L) Back/Stockholm (Spring 2015), (LM) Herik Vibskov/Copehagen, (RM) Marina Hoermanseder

Milan and London

Sao Paolo: (L) Alexandre Herchcovitch (Spring 2007), (M) Patricia Bonaldi (Spring 2015)

(M) Agatha Ruiz de la Prada / Madrid (S/S 2014)

Edgy styles!

Mexico City, Sao Paolo, Johannesburg

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