New York Fashion Week is held at the beginning of February and the beginning of September every year. Check out www.mbfashionweek.com for the latest dates and an event schedule for this year’s event.
How to Get Tickets to Fashion Week in New York
Unfortunately, Fashion Week is not open to the public. You can only get tickets if you’re a buyer, designer, or member of the press. Even then, you still have to be invited to attend an event. Of course, you might be able to pull a few strings to get into one of the bigger shows if you have celebrity status… yeah right!
You can always buy tickets to Couture Fashion Week to see up-and-upcoming designers. It will give you a small feel for New York Fashion Week. Couture Fashion Week is typically held during the same time as the official Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, but it doesn’t get as much attention. Tickets start at $70 and go as high as $5,000 for a 3-day, VIP pass.
However, just because you can’t attend any of the runway shows in New York in person doesn’t mean you can’t see them. You can watch most of them live on the Internet. Just go to Fashion Week Online and watch for free.
How Did New York Fashion Week Get Started?
The first New York Fashion Week was held in 1943, but it was called “Press Week” back then. Now, it’s called Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. It was organized because designers were unable to travel to Paris and Milan because of World War II. In 1994, the event was moved to Bryant Park where the runway shows are held in a series of white tents. This still happens today, but there are rumors that it may move to Hudson Yards. According to The Guardian, 232,000 people attend Fashion Week each year.
The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York is one of four major fashion shows around the world. The others include Milan, Paris, and London. An estimated $20 million is pumped into New York’s economy during Fashion Week alone each year because of the event. As you can tell, New York Fashion week is a pretty big deal.