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New York Leads a Fashionable Nation

by Amelia Gray
FashionCareerCenter Columnist

New York City is home to some of the world's biggest designers. For any upstart designer dreaming of a place to create or showcase, the diversity, size, and spirit of New York is as big as it gets.

The city is home to fashion icons and upstarts, established billion-dollar design houses and independent labels. Ever since the city's days serving as a port of entry for fashion from Paris and Milan, New York has been on the cutting edge. The city hosted the nation's first runway shows; an event that has evolved to inspire new designers as it showcases the established giants.

Fashion's Biggest Week
New York's fashion elite kick into high gear for Olympus Fashion Week, a fashion showcase featuring the nation's biggest and best designers. Every September, New York's Bryant Park hosts the event, where established designers place their bets on style in the coming year. Iconic houses like Calvin Klein and DKNY are a must-see, along with outrageous shows by Anna Sui and Betsey Johnson.

The only downside to Fashion Week? It's closed to the public. Only invited guests, media, and department store buyers are allowed to the actual shows. That doesn't stop fashion design school students and fans of all things ready-to-wear from getting videos, pictures, and reviews of the show from the Web and New York's fashion trade magazines.

Couture Tourism in the Big Apple
Fashion Week makes waves once a year, but there's always something fashionable happening in New York. Fashion design school students can get inspired by window shopping on Fashion Avenue, or by hunting through the eclectic shops in the Garment District. Walking tours are available for students and tourists alike.

New York's size and diversity make it an ideal fashion hub for any young designer. After graduating from a fashion design school, former students might find work with a national-circulation trade magazine, in a designer's flagship store, or even interning or working in a design house. In the competitive fashion world, it helps to live in a city that never sleeps.

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Olympus Fashion Week

About the Author
Amelia Gray is a teacher and freelance writer in San Marcos, TX. Amelia earned a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature from Arizona State University.