With Fashion Week just around the corner, the streets of New York, London, Milan, and Paris will be filled with hurried models, rushing to and from fittings and catwalks. Twice a year, the fashion capitals showcase the newest collections for buyers and press—the tastemakers, determining the fate for all the rest—in an event that began in 1943. But clothing has long been a declaration of identity and status, depicted by artists throughout the ages. These works paint a picture of changing styles of dress, ignited by factors such as war, economics, religion, and industrial advancements. Explore the gene
to see—regardless of the era—the consistent importance placed on dressing up.