Travel to Fashion Capitals Around the World in an Exhibition at the Museum at FIT

For the “Global Fashion Capitals” exhibition, on view at the Museum at FIT in New York, curators Ariele Elia and Elizabeth Way searched the world for fashion-forward cities, looking at local designers who were making a big mark on the industry. While the established meccas of Paris, New York, Milan, and London were shoe-ins, the pair found 16 other cities that are rising in fashion power. On display in the show are both vintage and fresh-off-the-runway designs that demonstrate the prowess of these stylish hotspots.

The major fashion capitals have well-known representatives, such as Coco Chanel for Paris, Mary Quant for London, Ralph Lauren for New York, and Versace for Milan. But the newer cities show a diverse range of both emerging and midcareer designers. A fall 2013 Delpozo gown highlights the revival of Madrid fashion, while a Marina Hoermanseder ensemble of leather, fiberglass, and mohair nods to the avant-garde art scene in Berlin. Inspired by village life and storytelling traditions in her home country of Nigeria, designer Amaka Osakwe has created a fashion label called Maki Oh, based in Lagos. Carla Fernandez, working from Mexico City, created a suit inspired by the Mexican Revolution and Aztec aesthetics. With modernity as a guiding principle, these designers go beyond traditional folk dress to capture a global aesthetic, finding success in both international and local markets.

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