Top Global Fashion Capitals

2018 Fashion Capital Ranking (Interactive)

Annual fashion capital rankings

An annual ranking of the leading fashion capitals is produced by Global Language Monitor, a US-based company that tracks trends through language use worldwide. The 2018 top-sixty three fashion capitals, according to its rankings, are listed below.[26]

Current (2018)CityPrevious (2017)Rank
1 New York City2Increase 1
2 Paris1Decrease 1
3 Barcelona7Increase 4
4 Milan6Increase 2
5 Rome5Steady
6 London3Decrease 3
7 Amsterdam23Increase 15
8 Berlin8Steady
9 Las Vegas26Increase 14
10 Dubai17Increase 7
11 Singapore14Increase 3
12 Hong Kong12Steady
13 Florence11Decrease 2
14 Los Angeles4Decrease 10
15 Madrid9Decrease 6
16 Bali40Increase 24
17 Seoul56Increase 39
18 Prague33Increase 15
19 Rio de Janeiro18Decrease 1
20 Buenos Aires29Increase 9
21 Washington, D.C.54Increase 33
22 Moscow22Steady
23 Tokyo10Decrease 13
24 Santiago43Increase 19
25 Vienna34Increase 9
26 Shanghai15Decrease 11
27 Mumbai38Increase 11
28 Melbourne49Increase 21
29 Stockholm46Increase 23
30 Bangkok50Increase 20
31 Warsaw42Increase 11
32 Copenhagen36Increase 4
33 San Francisco37Increase 4
34 Sydney13Decrease 21
35 São Paulo16Decrease 19
36 Antwerpen25Decrease 11
37 Johannesburg48Increase 11
38 Dallas20Decrease 18
39 Austin45Increase 6
40 Abu DhabiDebutSteady
41 St Petersburg35Decrease 6
42 Cape Town41Decrease 1
43 Mexico City53Increase 10
44 Portland, OregonDebutSteady
45 Frankfurt51Increase 6
46 Boston24Decrease 18
47 Kuala LumpurDebutSteady
48 Johannesburg37Decrease 11
49 Monaco21Decrease 28
50 Atlanta47Decrease 3
51 New Delhi39Decrease 12
52 Vancouver52Steady
53 Chicago, Illinois27Decrease 26
54 Houston, Texas30Decrease 24
55 Montreal47Decrease 8
56 DakarDebutSteady
57 BeirutDebutSteady
58 Kraków44Decrease 14
59 Toronto28Decrease 31
60 LagosDebutSteady
61 ColumbusDebutSteady
62 AccraDebutSteady
63 CaracasHiatusSteady

Commentary from Global Language Monitor about the 2017 edition of its annual fashion capital rankings

The current 2017 rankings now include 63 fashion capitals. There are three new fashion capitals from West Africa: Accra, Ghana; Dakar, Senegal; and Lagos, Nigeria. There is one new fashion capital from East Asia: Kuala Lumpur. There is one new fashion capital from the Middle East: Beirut, Lebanon. Before the various insurgencies in the region, Beirut was known as the Paris of the Middle East. There are two new fashion capitals from North America: Portland, Oregon known for its ‘weird’ culture, much like Austin, Texas and Columbus, Ohio known in the fashion world as the manufacturing headquarters of Henri Bendel, Victoria’s Secret, the Bath & Body Works, Abercrombie & Fitch (A&F), and others.

Commentary from Global Language Monitor individual cities in the 2017 edition

No. 3 Barcelona — Moving into Big Four Territory is Big News by definition.

No. 4 Milano — Reclaiming its Big Four status; hmm, perhaps all that re-thinking and revamping just might be having an impact (we’ll see in 2018).

No. 6 London — Had a great run earlier in the decade, but not so great lately (If you consider the No. 6 spot not so great).

No. 7 Amsterdam — Moving up 15 spots is quite a move.

No. 9 Vegas — Back in the Top Ten, more evidence that the Red Carpet experience does indeed have an impact.

No. 10 Dubai — More evidence that billions of dollars Do, indeed, have an impact.

No. 17 Seoul — Finally making the move in Asia, not No. 1, but a respectable No. 3 regionally.

No. 21 Washington, DC — A move into respectability!?

No. 28 Melbourne and No. 34 Sydney — Trading Places

No. 44 Portland, OR — A very nice debut.

No. 47 Kuala Lumpur — Another solid debut.

No. 46 Boston, No. 48 Miami, No.53 Chicago, No. 54 Houston, and No. 59 Toronto — All down by twenty spots, or more.

No. 63 Caracas — On Hiatus due to Insurrection.

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