1943 - The First American Fashion Show

Fashion week

I don't know about you, but I love fashion week! I love seeing what the designers have been working on - it's like waiting for a masterpiece to be unveiled. I think that it must be an exhilarating feeling for a fashion designer to see their hard work on public display for the first time.

In 1943, Eleanor Lambert, a fashion publicist, created the first American Fashion Week in New York City to showcase American designers for fashion journalists, and give them the opportunity to compete against the more established and elite European fashion designers. It was called "Press Week" - and it was a success! Eleanor lived to see this event become a semi-annual tradition in the fashion world, held every February and September. She passed away in 2003.

Thank you, Eleanor, for believing in the American fashion designers!

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