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New York Fashion Week: A Beautiful Nostalgic Look At The Early Stages Of NY Fashion

09/09/2015 15:30 BST | Updated 09/09/2015 15:59 BST

Fashion week nowadays is quite the spectacle. But it wasn't always such a ridiculous affair.

Nowadays, if we're not ogling Kim and North West's matching outfits then we're watching, jaws on the floor, as big-name designers showcase their fashionable wears in life-size train stations or supermarkets stocked with branded products (all eyes on you, Louis Vuitton and Chanel).

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Louis Vuitton's train

While the world of entertainment and fashion have well and truly fused in recent times, back in the olden days, things were a little more pared-back and demure. In other words, the clothes did most of the talking.

History Of Fashion Week

Fashion week originally started out in Paris, where it was the norm for designers to host presentations of their collections.

In 1858, Charles Fredrick Worth showcased his original designs using live models (much to the gasps of his audience) - and the idea stuck. Before long, fashion presentations in France involved models, music and staging sets. It was fast becoming a thing.

From there, fashion week in France grew and grew up until World War II. According to Savoir Flair, when the Nazis occupied France, fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert jumped at the chance to move the focus to America instead. She spearheaded the transition by arranging the shows, inviting journalists to New York and dubbed the event Press Week. Hey presto, New York Fashion Week was born.

Seeing as another fashion week is upon us, it seems only right to look back at women's style from past decades and dribble at just how sophisticated they were. Forget some of the outlandish sartorial choices you see nowadays, here's what New York fashion used to look like...

New York Fashion: Then

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