London Fashion Week

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London Fashion Week
Genre fashion catwalk shows and surrounding events
Frequency biannually
Location(s) London, United Kingdom
Inaugurated 1984
Attendance over 5,000 press and buyers
Organised by British Fashion Council for the London Development Agency with help from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

London Fashion Week is a clothing trade show held in London twice each year, in February and September. It is one of the "Big Four" fashion weeks, along with the New York, Milan and Paris.[1][2]

History and organisation[edit]

Organised by the British Fashion Council (BFC) for the London Development Agency with help from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, London Fashion Week first took place in 1984. It currently ranks alongside New York, Paris and Milan as one of the 'Big Four' fashion weeks.[3] It presents itself to funders[4] as a trade event that also attracts significant press attention and benefit to taxpayers. Currently, it is sponsored by Mercedes-Benz,[5] and Toni & Guy. It states that it is attended by over 5,000 press and buyers, and has estimated orders of £40 million[6] or £100 million.[7] A retail-focused event, London Fashion Weekend, takes place immediately afterwards at the same venue and is open to the general public.[8]

The current venue for most of the "on-schedule" events is Somerset House in central London, where a large marquee in the central courtyard hosts a series of catwalk shows by top designers and fashion houses,[9] while an exhibition, housed within Somerset House itself, shows over 150 designers.[10] However, many "off-schedule" events, such as Vauxhall Fashion Scout and On|Off, are organised by other private-funded groups and take place at other venues in central London.[11]

London is the first city to host Fashion Week in the World.

Manish Arora catwalk show at LFW 2006

Live video stream[edit]

In Spring 2010, London Fashion Week became the first of the Big 4 fashion week's to offer designers showing collections on the catwalk at Somerset House the opportunity to broadcast their shows live on the Internet.[12]

Models at the Ozwald Boateng show, 2010

London Collections Men[edit]

In Summer 2012, London introduced London Collections: Men, in addition to the collections shows in spring / summer and autumn / winter. Since its first instalment, the showcase has grown by 67% and will include 77 separate designers in June 2015.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bradford, Julie (2014). Fashion Journalism. Routledge. p. 129. 
  2. ^ Dillon, Susan (2011). The Fundamentals of Fashion Management. A&C Black. p. 115. 
  3. ^ "British Fashion Council website". Retrieved 2010-03-10. 
  4. ^ "Agreement for Funding Relative to Creative Sector Support - Designer Fashion. Parties: LDA/BFC website". Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  5. ^ "London Fashion Week Official Sponsors". Voices of Fashion. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  6. ^ Caroline Rush. "Record Figures for London Fashion Week". Crush Communications. Retrieved 2010-03-10. 
  7. ^ "London Fashion Week factsheet" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-03-10. 
  8. ^ "London Fashion Weekend website". London Fashion Weekend. Retrieved 2010-03-10. 
  9. ^ "London Evening Standard article". Retrieved 2010-03-10. 
  10. ^ "Designers". London Fashion Week. Retrieved 2010-03-10. 
  11. ^ "Arts London website". Retrieved 2010-03-10. 
  12. ^ Rice, Simon (2010-02-19). "Independent newspaper article". The Independent. London. Retrieved 2010-03-10. 
  13. ^ Doig, Stephen (5 June 2015). "LCM and London's menswear renaissance". Telegraph. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 

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