Sunday, 13 March 2011

La mode francais (French fashion)

Today, Paris, along with London, New York and Milan is considered one of the world's fashion capitals. Modern "haute couture" originated in Paris in the 1860s by designers like Charles Frederick Worth who dominated the industry from 1858-1895 but is not very well known in today's fashion world. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century some of today's most prestigious fashion brands were founded such as Chanel (founded by Coco Chanel, it first came to large spread fame in 1925) and Balenciaga (founded by Spanish man Cristobal Balenciaga in 1937). France has been thought of  as a fashionable county for centuries and is thought to have originated from the reign of King Louis XIV. During his reign he started to wear immense wigs of curled hair. Although it was really because he was going bald the so-called trend for large wigs caught on and during his reign more extravagant, luxurious if not slightly eccentric fashions were worn by the French Royal Court. 

Vogue magazine was brought to France soon after it was founded in 1892 and the wealthier French started to focus more on what they wore as they were being surrounded by fashion press. 

Paris Fashion Week takes place twice a year, in March for the Spring/Summer shows and in October for the Autumn/Winter shows. In both seasons it is always the last after New York, London and Milan Fashion Week.    

French Fashion

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