Milan is one of fashion’s big four. Standing next to Paris, London and New York – Milan is a fashion capital of the world. Here’s how it earned that status, and why you need to visit

Florence rather than Milan was once the fashion capital Italy.

Rome, Florence and Milan were popular destinations for European painters and artists. As such, the Italian Renaissance had a great impact on European fashion. However, fashion declined in the 18th Century until the 20th Century – but when Italy remerged onto the fashion scene it was Florence that was more prominent than other Italian cities.

Italian fashion wasn’t born in Milan, but it did move here.

In the twentieth century, Florence led the way in Italian fashion. It was similar to Paris – specializing in couture but for the rich and famous. It wasn’t until the 1970s and 80s that Milan began to take over the position of being Italy’s fashion capital. Opinions and styles were changing – socially; people began to see fashion as something for everyone, not just creators of luxury couture for the rich.Milan was seen to be more accessible when it came to fashion and it capitalized on the assembly line boom in fashion production.

It’s also home to some of fashion’s biggest names.

Milan was leading the way in prêt-à-porter fashion. Its fashion houses were providing ready to wear fashion. Textile companies were employing designers to enhance their produce. These designers included the young Versace and Armani. They developed their skill here. Now, some of the world’s biggest fashion names come from Milan – as well as Versace and Armani – there’s Dolce, Gabbana, Prada, Etro. Establishing Milan further as a fashion capital is the fact that two of the best-known fashion schools stituto Marangoni and Accademia Koefia are based here. All in all – Milan is synonymous not only with fashion but with quality and craftsmanship too.

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Many of Milan’s big names are housed here at via Monte Napoleone.

Milan fashion week

Now, given Milan’s status in the world of fashion her fashion week is one of the biggest fashion events in the world. Each year Milan fashion week takes place in February and again in September. The next date is September 20 – 27, 2017.

But, it’s not all about fashion week or fashion royalty, you can enjoy Milan’s fashion heritage any time you visit, thanks to the fact it is home to some of the world’s most iconic shopping locations.

Via Monte Napoleone

Via Monte Napoleone is considered is one of the most prestigious streets in the world. Named after Napoleon, this street is full of amazing boutiques. It is worth a look, even if you don’t plan to spend.

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The stylish streets of Milan – this time, the golden rectangle.

Quadrilatero d’Oro- the golden rectangle

Similarly the golden rectangle is also home to some very prestigious fashion boutiques. It is so called because they are all housed in four streets, which are together synonymous with excellent quality and style. In this area you will find Chanel, Dior, Hermes, Burberry, Kenzo, Bottega Veneta and Ferretti.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Milan is also home to the infamous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – one of the oldest shopping arcades in the world. You’ll find boutiques by all the usual suspects, but in a beautiful old building – along with a mosaic of the coat of arms of Milan, Turin, Florence and Rome. Spin three times around on the testicles of the bull from Turin and you’re said to enjoy good luck!

Pegasus – one of the many beauties of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, one of the oldest shopping arcades in the world.

Via Tortona

Milan is known for its quality produce and craftsmanship, so if you want to escape the big names of fashion for a little while, you can head to Via Tortona where you will find lots of small boutiques and shops selling authentic Italian items- like bags, luggage, wallets and jewelry. There are some great finds here.

How can you tour Milan?

Venice Events is the Italian sightseeing expert – offering tours of many of Italy’s beautiful towns, cities and attractions – including Milan.Visit our website at veniceevents.com for full details, our professional guides would love to show you around our city. You’ll get a taste for our fashion heritage, but also the cosmopolitan air of the city, our beautiful cathedral and Teatro alla Scalla – our world famous opera house.

Check out our Facebook, TripAdvisor and Instagram pages for more information and inspiration for your trip to Italy.

Happy travels, from the team at Venice Events.

Why you need to visit Milan

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