Every year, 83 international trade shows take place in 8 specialised areas of the fashion industry, with a total of 178 editions in 4 of the 5 continents (Figure 1).
Fashion trade shows continue to have a huge effect on the international field. They are a space in which the main players of the fashion industry meet each other. Trade shows and fashion shows form an integral part in the communication of fashion. Entering into this horizon in 2017 is a real pleasure.
The type and high number of types of trade shows worldwide means that this is on a global scale – fashion retailing produces $1.1 biliion dollars annually (€0.9 billion) according to Statista’s facts of 2014 taken from the report “Observatorio de la Moda Española” (Observation of Spanish Fashion) (2016), written by ISEM Business School and ACME (Association of Fashion Producers in Spain).
|Type of Trade Show||Number of Trade Shows of this type in the world||Number of Trade Shows of this type in Spain|
|Fabric and Spinning||19||0|
|Lingerie and Swimwear||3||1|
|Footwear and acccesories||10||0|
On a global level, Europe’s influence is unrivalled with 67% of the trade shows taking place here, followed by the continent of America with 17% and Asia with 15%. This shows the important work that remains to be done in the African continent and above all in Oceania, which is underdeveloped in this area.
With regards to the host cities of the trade shows, Paris stands out as the epicentre of the fashion and luxury industries as organiser of 32 shows, followed by New York (14), Milan (12), Madrid (11), Shanghai (10) and London (8).
Trade shows enable us to experience fashion in its most industrial and commercial form. They are places where we encounter raw materials, manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers, designers, entrepreneurs and press, which altogether form the system that is the fashion industry today.
Next, we are suggesting two sources that can walk you through the journey of the trade shows of the five continents. Firstly, the calendar of trade shows and fashion shows edited by Modaes.es.
Guide to trades shows and runways of Fashion 2016/2017 (Modaes,es, 2016).
This guide is a magnificent tool to get to know the fast form and characteristics of the trade shows that attribute to our objectives. It contributes facts about the type of trade shows, dates that they are on, contact details for the exhibitors and visitors, and the website of the show.
It shows the journey of the development of the shows and the audience they are directed at, who are the target market of each of them, and describes the characteristics of the exhibitors. It also gives concrete facts about the last edition of each show.
Photo: Taken from www.tofairs.com with informed uses.
We can also use the website www.tofairs.com as a tool, through which once can search about all of the world’s trade shows, by sector, country and region. It gives information about the shows coming up soonest. It enables contact with the organisation and key dates.
The most recent stage of the history of trade shows and fashion shows has been marked by a tendency to fuse or overlap them, with the aim of gaining synergies of infrastructure and communication. Diverse efforts have been made aiming to discover ways that benefit the running of the trade show as a fashion show. The fashion show, nowadays, has a higher significance, from the point of view of the fashion press from the businesses. Therefore, the trade shows have to take on the attraction of the fashion shows as a tool to include them as well as the exhibitors and visitors.
An example of this is the transformation that has been produced in the financing of the worldwide fashion shows, all of which now are in the hands of an automobile conglomerate. This indicates once again its transformation in communication and marketing. This is like a window into the ways of fashion and its lifestyle.
What benefit does a visitor get out of a fashion trade show? In essence, they get an experience. It is possible that they could come across the newest trend, but what is certain is that they will see what is available in the market.
What benefit does an exhibitor get out of a fashion trade show? If in another time, trade shows were at the forefront, today they are essentially an opportunity to see the buying/selling in the industry. It is highly recommended to attend these events above all if we are looking for a market, or want to open a door to an international market. Trade shows are a place to meet professionals in the sector. However, now with virtual reality, the demand for attending in person isn’t as high, the popularity of multi-channel practices continues to emerge.
The importance of trade shows and fashion shows continues to attribute to the market. If we Google “fashion trade shows 2017” we get about 2,790,000 results (0.44 seconds) , and if we search “fashion shows 2017” we get about 2,980,000 results (0.53 seconds) . The facts speak for themselves, from the point of view of the business the public appeal of fashion shows is higher than that of trade shows, none the less the searches are very similar.
Go trade shows!
(Translated by Clare Hill)
LuxStyle Consulting www.luxstyleconsulting.com , Fashion & Luxury Consulting in Dublin, Madrid & Marbella, organises meeting points at trade shows and will attend in several of them during 2017. Do you want to join us?
Contact us for more information at [email protected]
|Main European Trade Shows (a)||Specialty||Date||Place|
|Interfiliere||Fabric and Accessories for lingerie and swimwear||21-23 January 2017|
8-10 July 2017
|Première Vision Designs||Fabric||7 February – 9 February 2017||Paris|
|Filo Milan||Fibres and spinning||22-23 February 2017-|
|Kingpins||Accesories’ fabric y finsihed products||April 2017||Amsterdam|
|Milano Unica||Fabric||1 -3 de feb 2017||Milano|
|Munich Fabric Star||Fabric and Accessories||31 January - 2 February 2017||Munich|
|Modstissimo||Fabric and clothing||Feb 2017||Porto|
|Pitti filati||Knitting||25-27 Jan 2017||Firenze|
|Spinexpo||Asian fibres and spinning||3-5 April 2017||Paris|
|Stib||Fabrics||20-22 Feb 2017/ Sep 2017||Barcelona|
|Texworld||Fabric, Needlework material and accessories||6-9 Feb 2017/ Sep 2017||Paris|
|Tissu Premiere||Fabric||May 2017||Lille|
|Apparel sourcing||Confección||3-6 Feb 2017||Paris|
|Bestim||Supply||22-23 Feb 2017||Igualada|
|Futurmoda||Footwear components||22-23 Mar 2017/Oct 2017||Elche|
|Co-shoes accessories||Footwear and leather supplies||Oct 2017||Elche|
|Lineapelle||Using footwear and accessories||27 Jan 2017||Londres|
|Itma||Textile machinery||20-26 Jun 2019||Barcelona|
|Techtextil+Techprocess||Technical textiles and machinery for the industry||9-12 May 2017||Frankfurt|
|The sourcing connection||Clothing||Sepember 2017||Paris|
|Capsule||Mens Fashion||20-22 Jan 2017||Paris|
|Capsule||Womens Fashion||2-5 March 2017||Paris|
|CPM Moscú||Fashion||20-23 Feb 2017||Moscow|
|Ethical Fashion Show||Ethical Fashion||17-19 Jan 2017||Berlin|
|Ispo||Clothing, footwear and sports material||5-8 Feb 2017||Munich|
|Modefabriek||Womens Fashion||22-23 Jan 2017||Amsterdam|
|Pitti uomo||Mens Fashion||Jun 2017||Firenze|
|Momad||Fashion, footwear and accessories||3-5 Feb 2017||Madríd|
|Madrid shoes||Footwear||4-6 March 2017||Madrid|
|Panorama||Footwear and accessories fashion||17-19 Jan 2017||Berlín|
|Baselworld||Watches and jewellery||23-30 March 2017||Basilea|
|Expo Riva schuc||Footwear||June 2017||Riva di Garda|
|Barcelona Bridal||Wedding Fashion||26-30 Apr 2017||Barcelona|
|London Bridal Show||Wedding Fashion||5-7 March 2017||London|
|Gran Canaria Moda Cálida||Swimwear||June 2017||Canary Island|
[a] Search done on 14th January 2017 at 13:12.
 Search done on 14th January 2017 at 13:12.
ISEM/ACME. (2016). Report: El Sector de la Moda en España (2015/2016): Retos y desafíos. Accessed on 14 January 2017, via http://observatoriomodaespañola.com/resumen-informe/
Modaes.es. (2016). Guías de ferias y pasarelas de moda 2016/2017. Barcelona. Accessed via http://www.modaes.es/visor-online.php?id=52#0