The concept of fashion week originated in Paris During the first half of the 20th Century, Council of Fashion Designers of America organized “New York Press Week” by clustering fashion shows into a particular time frame. This was viewed as the predecessor of New York Fashion Week. Italy followed by holding a fashion week exclusively for Italian fashion in old town Florence. London Fashion Week started in 1970s. Eventually, these international fashion weeks became regular events. In recent years, numerous cities all over the world started to organize their own fashion week. Cases in point include Tokyo and Seoul. These fashion weeks have evolved with individualistic styles. As Taipei Fashion Weeks enters its third year, the wide variety of events and richness of the program within the frame of the fashion week and special events and programs with vibrant local personalities make Taipei Fashion Week a spectacular must-go fashion event. Extending with this concept, the theme shows have become the element that best reflects the current state, energy and future outlook of Taiwan’s garment industry.
For Taipei Fashion Week SS21, although Taiwan is affected by global COVID-19 pandemic, we are fortunate to be able to go around with our normal routines. All precautions have been taken to ensure the safety of the event. It is still a good time to ask ourselves: what can we do for this land we walk upon? What kind of future do we envision for this land? The changes we went through forced us to reexamine the relationship between Taiwan’s garment industry with human, time, and the land. With that in mind, the two theme shows selected for Taipei Fashion Week are Primitive Sense and Virtual Escape.