When you think of global fashion capitals certain fashionable cities spring to mind. The influence of designs from Paris, New York, and London are undeniable. These cities continue to be the benchmark for the fashion industry. In the wake of the globalization of fashion new fashion designers and new fashion capitals are on the rise. Each new city’s political, economic and social conditions, and cultural identity bring something new and exciting to the fashion industry.  With that in mind we explore the historical, current and emerging Fashion Capitals of the World.

This list was created from a host of sources including Global Language Monitor‘s list of global fashion capitals and major fashion week sponsor, Mercedes-Benz    The list will continue to be updated as I research for The Grand Tour – Cloth+Culture.

Global Fashion Capitals by Region

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Accra, Ghana

Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Lagos, Nigeria

Cape Town, South Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa


Shanghai, China

Hong Kong, China

Jakarta, Indonesia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tokyo, Japan


Seoul, South Korea






Montreal, Quebec


Vancouver, British Columbia


Vienna, Austria

Antwerp, Belgium

Prague, Czech Republic

Copenhagen, Denmark

London, England

Paris, France

Frankfurt, Germany

Florence, Italy

Milan, Italy

Rome, Italy


Amsterdam, Netherlands

Warsaw, Poland

Krakow, Poland

Lisbon, Portugal

Sibiu, Transylvania, Romania

Moscow, Russia

St Petersburg, Russia

Barcelona, Spain

Belgrade, Serbia

Barcelona, Spain

Madrid, Spain

Stockholm, Sweden

Zurich, Sweden

Istanbul, Turkey

Kiev, Ukraine



New Delhi

Middle East

Dubai, UAE

Abu Dhabi, UAE

Beirut, Lebanon

South America

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Rio de Janerio, Brazil

Santiago, Chile

Mexico City, Mexico

Caracas, Venezuela

United States

Washington, DC

Los Angeles, California

San Francisco, California

Atlanta, Georgia

Miami, Florida

Chicago, Illinois

Boston, Massachusetts

Nashville, TN

New York, NY

Las Vegas, Nevada

Austin, Texas

Dallas, Texas

Houston, Texas

Global Fashion Capitals