Russian Fashion Week (RFW) is the biggest international fashion event in Russia and Eastern Europe. The past several seasons have established RFW as a major player on the world’s fashion stage, next to the prestigious fashion weeks in Milan, Paris, London, and New York.
RFW showcases 55 shows seasonally, with 85% of all participants hail from Russia and ex-USSR. Each season, RFW also features top designers from all over the world. RFW is held under support of Ministry of Culture of Russia, Russian Fashion Foundation and Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs.
Russian Fashion Week was launched in 1999. RFW was held in especially erected tents in the city center including those on Red Square until it moved to the renovated World Trade Center in 2007. During the last 5 years RFW hosted British, Spanish, Italian and American days in respective cooperation with Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana (strategic partner), UK Trade & Investment, British Fashion Council, Spanish Embassy and other international governmental and fashion institutions.
Russian Fashion Week had been held in Moscow for the last ten years in early April and mid-October. During this period, RFW has discovered dozens of new designers and has presented over sixty international designers to the Russian market. From the very first day, RFW was aimed at supporting and promoting Russian fashion and has increased interest in Russian designers both at home and abroad. Partnerships and joint projects between RFW and fashion weeks in Milan, London, Beijing, Athens, Lisbon and other cities have turned Moscow into a major European fashion centre.