Below are a few pivotal moments from Paris Fashion Week throughout the years.

 —–1858—–

Haute Couture inventor Charles Frederick Worth opens his first house in Paris, selling his luxury fashion designs to upper-class women.

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Portrait of Charles Frederick Worth

—–1921—–

The French press creates L’Association de Protection des Industries Artistiques Saisonnieres, or PAIS to protect the copyright of the designers. Outfits were photographed on a model or mannequin from all sides to catalog the design.

 —–1945—–

Le Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture establishes another set of rules to regulate and set apart Haute Couture houses. The new regulations required each house to show a collection of at least 35 looks with both daytime and evening wear.

 —–1973—–

The Fédération Française de la Couture holds the first recognized Paris fashion week, including Haute Couture, Ready-to-Wear and Men’s Fashion. The show was a fundraiser held at the Palace of Versailles to restore the estate. It was overseen byEleanor Lambert, founder of New York Fashion Week, along with Gerald Van der Kemp, the Versailles curator at the time. Designers included Anna Klein, Bill Blass, Oscar de la Renta, Hubert de Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent and more. Immortalized as “The Battle of Versailles Fashion Show,” American and French designers set aside their differences in the name of fashion.versailles

 —–1997—–

John Galliano makes his Dior debut surrounded by famed supermodels Naomi Campbell, Eva Herzigová and more.

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 —–2010—–

Jean Paul Gaultier ended his seven years at the helm of Hermès in true equestrian form. The show was set in an authentic riding arena as models stampeded the runway in leather capes, riding boots and hats from the Seville riding school.

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 —–September 2014—–

Chanel reinvents the catwalk with a full on feminist protest for its Spring/Summer 2015 collection. Cara Delevingne leads a band of models with Karl Lagerfeld by her side.

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We can’t wait to see what’s in store for this PFW!