Vintage Photos from Fashion Shows and Catwalks


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In the age of Instagram, we’ve all gotten used to what Fashion Week looks like, whether you’re physically on the runway or not. But long before the front row was filled with iPhones, the parades were very different. From the very first New York Fashion Week in 1943, to small shows held in designer studios, to the golden age of modeling in the 80s and 90s, we look back at the evolution of Fashion Week over the of the past six decades. Here’s what the track looked like before social media took over.

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1943

A model wears a slit evening dress by Jo Copeland during the first-ever New York Fashion Week.

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1944

With the end of World War II in sight, service girls get a taste of their peacetime fashion with a Spooner and Co. Ltd. show. filled with wedding dresses and evening wear.

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[1945

Models parade in a mix of evening dresses and tailored daywear as a room of fashion buyers looks on.

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1946

A woman models a mink coat as a group of buyers and fashion editors look on.

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1947

A model walks the runway in a two-piece skirt suit, a pair of gloves and a sleek hat at the Pierre Balmain show in Sydney, Australia.

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1948

A model parades on the Christian Dior catwalk wearing a belted evening dress.

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1949

A model poses backstage showing off a floral hairpiece before hitting the runway.

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1950

Christian Dior poses with a group of models after his couture show in Paris.

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1951

At a Balmain show, a model wears a poodle on the catwalk that matches her blouse and tailored pants.

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1952

Models walk the runway wearing ball gowns and long gloves during the third Italian Haute Couture show in Florence, Italy.

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1953

A crowd of fashion editors and buyers throng into a Seventh Avenue showroom for a Samuel Winston fashion show.

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1954

A model parades wearing a one-piece swimsuit with pockets.

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1955

Christian Dior flew 172 dresses, eight mannequins and three chests of drawers from Paris to Scotland for a 1955 fashion show at a ballroom in Gleneagles which raised money for the charity Friends of France.

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1956

It was a tight crowd of buyers, editors and photographers who packed into the Maison Christian Dior in Paris for the designer’s 1956 collection.

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1957

Coco Chanel gives one of her creations a final look before presenting it in a fashion show in Paris in 1957.

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1958

A trio of models wear swimsuits for a fashion show in Paris.

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1959

A model demonstrates how to make an entrance while walking the runway at the WF Adlmueller fashion show in Vienna.

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1960

A Chanel model dons the fashion house’s signature tweed suit and matching cap for a runway show in Paris.

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1961

A model poses on the catwalk wearing a suit and an animal print newsboy cap in France.

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1962

A model walks the runway at the Mary Quant show in London. The designer, who invented the mini-skirt, went on to shape the Youthquake fashion of the 60s.

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1963

Pierre Cardin has chosen to present his collection on models from the 50th Paris Motor Show.

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1964

Two models wear Yves Saint Laurent evening dresses at the designer’s show in Paris.

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1965

In the midst of fashion’s mod era, a model wears a halter mini dress and white boots during a fashion show at a Paris hotel.

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1966

A British model shows off the latest London mod fashions to a crowd on the streets of New York.

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1967

Twiggy presents a runway show for her own eponymous fashion label featuring colorful designs from the 60s.

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1968

The space age takes over in a galactic and futuristic parade by Pierre Cardin.

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1969

A parade of models marches through the streets of London.

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1970

Twiggy leads a group of models in matching outfits at a fashion show.

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1971

Naked dresses hit the catwalk: Model Kalio walks the Zandra Rhodes show in a see-through dress.

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1972

Anjelica Huston strikes a pose on the catwalk during a fashion show in the 1970s.

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