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Author: London Fashion Week
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Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2010 10:29:04
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With London fashion week starting last week and everyone going on about just how much money the fashion industry is worth I thought I would mention a little about it here.

London Fashion Week takes place in London, England twice each year, in February and September. Organised by the British Fashion Council (BFC) for the London Development Agency with help from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills , it first took place in 1984 and currently ranks alongside New York , Paris and Milan as one of the ‘Big Four’ fashion weeks . It presents itself to funders as a trade event that also attracts significant press attention and benefit to taxpayers. It states that it is attended by over 5,000 press and buyers, and has estimated orders of £40m or £100m. A retail -focused event, London Fashion Weekend, takes place immediately afterwards at the same venue and is open to the general public.
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, while an exhibition, housed within Somerset House itself, shows over 150 designers. However, many “off-schedule” events, such as On|Off and Vauxhall Fashion Scout, are organised by other public-funded groups and take place at other venues in central London. The event was born in 1984 in a West London car park, with vibrant catwalk shows, exhibitions combining the strong industry focus that it has maintained to this day.
It saw the debut of fashion icons such as Betty Jackson, Ghost, David Fielden and the unforgettable John Galliano. The event continued to prosper until the nineties, when the recession meant that only a handful of designers were chosen to show off their collections in a few rooms at the Ritz, in 1992.

But in 1993, LFW regained its trademark vigour when Naomi Campbell strutted topless down the catwalk for the Philip Treacy collection. Later on in the decade student designer Stella McCartney hit success with her entire collection selling out after the 1995 Spring/Summer show.

The late nineties saw debate over the fashion industry and anorexia, when a size 14 Sophie Dahl proudly walked down the runway and sparked controversy. It has taken until August 2010 for a fashion house to act upon the issue, Marc Jacobs is now in the early stages of producing a plus-size range, marking a step in the right direction towards fashion for ‘real women’.

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