Paris ready-to-wear 50th anniversary looms

14th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 14 (AFP) - The Paris ready-to-wear salon will celebrate its 50th anniversary in September as well as its 100th show, organisers said Tuesday.

 PARIS, June 14 (AFP) - The Paris ready-to-wear salon will celebrate its 50th anniversary in September as well as its 100th show, organisers said Tuesday.  

The first salon organised in Paris in June 1956 brought together 20 fashion houses in a space which was just 200 square metres (2,100 square feet).  

Now the salon, which takes place twice a year at Porte Versailles in the south of Paris has grown to some 60,000 square metres (654,600 sq. feet), and includes some 1,500 labels of which 60 percent come from abroad.  

Every year some 42,000 visitors flock to the salon, which the president of the French ready-to-wear federation, Jean-Pierre Mocho, said was aimed at "feeding the thoughts and reflections of the buyers, journalists, stylists and all those curious trend-seekers."   "Our role is to represent French fashion while also opening it up to competition from abroad," added Mocho.  

For the 100th edition of the salon, a book called "World Briefs" written by fashion historian Lydia Kamitsis is to be published outlining the major fashion movements of the past half century.  

September's salon will organise a host of special events, including a major exhibition of Hanbok, traditional Korean costumes, as well as fashion parades.

© AFP

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