about 7 years ago
In a West London car park in 1984 London Fashion Week was born. With its catwalk shows and exhibitions drawing in the industries top names, it has become one of the world’s biggest fashion events.
The first Designer of the Year Award was awarded to Katherine Hammet by the British Fashion Council and the following year sponsorship was received by the British government thanks to prompting by the editor of the UK’s Vogue and a group of established designers.
In 1989 Kate Moss made her catwalk debut, walking for Galliano. She was at the mere age of 15 and the show catapulted her career into fashion stardom. Over the next few years London Fashion week expanded and attracted attention from all over the world. The British Fashion Council began to welcome new and upcoming designers. Alexander McQueen was one of the first to participate in the programme.
In the early 1990’s the event suffered set backs due to the recession and in the mid 90’s designers were criticized for using near anorexic models, this spiked a worldwide debate in promoting a healthier body image throughout the industry.
After several venue changes, In 2009 London Fashion Week made Somerset House its new home, the event is still held there today. The event draws in excess of 5000 industry visitors and its shows are available to view live online all over the world.
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