Every February and September, New York Fashion Week (NYFW), a semi-annual series of events in Manhattan, presents worldwide fashion collections to buyers, the media, and the general public. Typically lasting seven to nine days, NYFW is held in Manhattan(Nyfw). It is one of the four major fashion weeks in the world, collectively known as the “Big Four”, along with those in Paris, London, and Milan. The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) created the modern concept of “New York Fashion Week” in 1993, although cities such as London were already using their city’s name in conjunction with the lyrics of Fashion Week in the eighties. An older series of events called “Press Week”, was founded in 1943. Globally, most commercial shows, sales, and some haute couture shows are held in New York City(Nyfw).
The opening day of the New York fashion show, seen in Harpers Bazaar magazine from the early twentieth century, a prelude to modern New York Fashion Week
The first New York Fashion Week was created in 1943 by Eleanor Lambert, press director of the first promotional organization in the American fashion industry, the New York Fashion Foundation(Nyfw).
Internationally, most business and sales shows and some haute couture shows have been held in New York City since 2010. However, the focus has always been on finances. The LGBT fashion design community in New York contributes significantly to spreading fashion trends, and celebrities have developed a profound impact on New York Fashion Week.
The main location of New York Fashion Week is Spring Studios at 50 Varick Street in Lower Manhattan. Sites included a waterfront carnival, converted railway stations, and a former post office.
Admission to shows at New York Fashion Week is usually in the form of accreditation, with events determined by invitation only. Most of the attendees are designers, celebrities, and other social media influencers(Nyfw).