The globalisation of fashion has given rise to new fashion cities that now annually host hundreds of fashion weeks around the world. Each city’s cultural identity and particular economic, political, and social circumstances combine to elevate its designers to international attention.

From June 2 to November 14 2015, the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) presents, at its Fashion and Textile History Gallery, an exhibition devoted to the Global Fashion Capitals. This exhibition is organised by Ariele Elia, assistant curator of costume and textiles, and Elizabeth Way, curatorial assistant, the musuem at FIT.

Global Fashion Capitals explores the history of the established fashion capitals—Paris, New York, Milan, and London—and the emergence of 16 new fashion cities: Tokyo, Antwerp, Stockholm, Berlin, St. Petersburg/Moscow, Madrid, Sydney, Melbourne, Mexico City, São Paulo, Istanbul, Lagos, Seoul, Kiev and Mumbai.

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