The Secret History of Fashion Shows
Fashion shows weren't always this way. Before the supermodels, the over-the-top productions and the weird, wonderful quirks that make up modern runway experiences, there was a very different type of presentation.
In her new tome, The Mechanical Smile, Caroline Evans, a professor of fashion history and theory at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, examines the history of the fashion show from its Parisian beginnings through its more modern incarnation.
But it's more than just the clothes that have changed since fashion shows began more than a century ago. Here, Evans shares some of the most surprising tidbits about the sartorial spectacle's evolution.
Early fashion shows were secret.
"The very first fashions shows were for sales and for buyers, so the public didn't see fashion shows," Evans explains. But there weren't phalanxes of ye olde PR assistants keeping party crashers at bay-the confidentiality had more to do with trade secrets.
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