Milan, Italy – The World’s Fashion Capital and Much More

With a 2009 population of 1,301,000 and located in the northern part of Italy, Milan has by far the largest metropolitan area in Italy. Milan is renowned for being the true fashion capital of the world, serving as headquarters for fashion houses such as Prada, Gucci, Versace, Armani, Dolce & Gabbana and many more. Milan is also a major financial, industrial center that has become one of Europe’s richest cities.

Milan features many great sights and museums; chief among them is the majestic Duomo Cathedral, which is a massive Gothic structure that is second in size in Italy only to St. Peter’s, and is the fourth largest Cathedral in the world. This magnificent structure was started in the late 14th century and finally completed in the 19th. Contained within is the world’s largest collection of marble statues.

There are many fine museums in Milan – to view some great masterpieces be sure to visit the galleries at the Pinacoteca di Brera in the Brera Palace and at the Balgetti Valsecchi Museum. The Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie is the home of DaVinci’s most famous painting, The Last Supper, and if you want to see it you’ll have to book it four weeks in advance.

Milan is also home to one of the world’s most famous opera houses, the Teatro alla Scala, which was opened in 1778. The Scala Museum is annexed and contains many great pieces of art related to opera.

Other monuments not to miss include the lofty double arcade completed in 1877 called Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle II, featuring a glass roof and central dome. Also be sure to visit the 15th century Sforza Castle which is now an art gallery that houses Michelangelo’s last sculpture.

There is so much heritage and culture in Milan that we could easily fill an entire book describing it all – the city is a fast-moving, ahead-of-the-curve metropolis that sets the pace not only in the fashion world but in many other areas as well.

The Biggest Fashion Industry Events in the World

The five fashion capitals of the world hold the most anticipated annual industry events known as fashion week. The latest creations from top designers and brands are showcased in these presentations. Runway shows are the highlight of any fashion week, and this is the venue where fashion enthusiasts, buyers, and members of the world media can participate in the unveiling of the latest offerings of the creative geniuses behind the fashion industry. In these cities fashion week is held twice a year and ahead of the advent of the new season so that buyers and the media are given a preview of what the fashion houses have in line for the upcoming season. The schedule is also set as such so that retailers have ample time to incorporate the designs into their own marketing and arrange purchases ahead. The autumn and winter collections are showcased in the months of January to April, while the spring and summer collections are unveiled in the months of September to November.

The locations of the most important clothing trade shows are held in the cities of Paris in France, Milan in Italy, London in the United Kingdom, Berlin in Germany, and New York City in the United States of America.

London Fashion Week

This event has made history in 2010 when all the events happening on the catwalk at were broadcast on the Internet via live streaming. It was the first time that any major fashion event took advantage of digital technology. London Fashion Week is held in the capital city of the UK in September and February. It is one of the “Big Four” clothing trade shows in the world, the other three being the events held in Milan, Paris, and New York. Toni & Guy, a prominent hairdressing company and the famous automobile brand, Mercedes-Benz, officially sponsor this program. Reports indicate that orders made in the London Fashion Show amount to anywhere between £40 million to £100 million. On-schedule events are typically held at central London in Somerset House. Off-schedule events are also organized and held elsewhere.

A West London car park was the birthplace of the event. That year, 1984, fashion icons such as John Galliano, David Fielden, Ghost, and Betty Jackson debuted their creations on the catwalk. The event had the support of the British government and Vogue UK.

Paris Fashion Week

This is held twice a year as well primarily at the Carrousel du Louvre and additional venues in Paris. The French Fashion Federation determines the specific dates for the fashion week, but it usually comes after Milan. The fashion week in New York City starts out the “Big Four” followed by London, and then Milan, ending in Paris. Major fashion houses based in France are the main features of Paris Fashion Week, with names such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Dior, Guy Laroche, and Comme des Garçons headlining the impressive lineup. The event usually features haute couture events and men’s fashion shows in addition to shows featuring ready-to-wear garments.

The first Paris Fashion Week was held in 1973.

Which Is The Capital Of Fashion?

Fashion is all around us and no matter if we like watching the fashion shows on TV or simply look in glossy magazines, we are surrounded by it. In many capitals of the world fashion is an important subject and one of the major concerns for young girls (and not only them!). But where exactly is the capital of Fashion?

This is an ongoing battle between the most famous capitals that also hold some of the famous Fashion Weeks. If last year the top places in the chart where occupied by Milan, New York, Paris, Rome and London, this year according to the Global Language Monitor’s annual global survey things have changed dramatically. The state of the financial environment has also affected the fashion industry just like anything else. The fashion shows were still abundant, the catwalks were still crowded but the fashion buzz was a lot dimmer.

This year’s top ten fashion capitals of the world include (1 through 10):

Milano – The city that managed to overtake New York but also some other important cities on the fashion radar such as Rome and Paris.

New York – After five years when it occupied the first position, being the world’s capital of fashion, NY was overtaken by Milano this year.

Paris – Even if most fashionistas consider Paris to be the all time capital of fashion, the media has another opinion this is why the city only occupies a decent number 3.

Rome – The city where fashion meets the Italian beauty and the place where women don’t go outside without make-up, Rome still hold strong at number 4.

London – Despite the bad weather and bad food, London still remains in Top 5 fashion capitals of the world. The British fashion icons put a strong fight so that is remains here.

Los Angeles – The place where the sun shines all year long and where girls have fashion contests to see which one is better dressed, The city of Angels is situated this year at number 6.

Hong Kong – With a different culture, that we sometimes have difficulties understanding, Hong Kong is the number one fashion capital in the Asia/Pacific ( leaping over Tokyo ) and number 7 in the World Wide chart.

Sao Paolo – The beauty of the Brazilian girls and the fashion tastes has made Sao Paolo rise remarkably and take the lead in the Latin-American scene.

Sydney – The Australian delicate beauty surely helped as Sydney is still in Top Ten while Melbourne sinks dramatically.

Las Vegas – The hot dessert, the celebrities and the continuous media spotlight makes Las Vegas occupy the tenth position in this fashion chart.