New York Fashion Week is here! And while there’s certainly a lot of fashion going on, there’s also a lot of math involved in the biggest celebration of fashion in North America.
Models, sketches, outfits, prep-work, and even the number of bobby pins needed to successfully run a single show, are all things that organizers have to consider before a single step is taken down the catwalk. Luckily, Entertainment Tonight spoke with a bevy of fashionistas to grab the raw numbers that go into New York Fashion Week.
First off, the obvious, and that’s the dates. Running from February 5th to February 14th, the 9-day fashion bonanza brings a total of 162 runway shows to New York City. Of those shows, 107 are for womenswear, 34 are for menswear, 17 are co-ed, and 4 are unisex/non-binary.
The next big number to consider is six. That’s the number of months some fashion designers need to prepare for their show in New York. "With two collections per year, six months of work—tears and anxiety and triumph and temporary defeat—culminate in a presentation. That's roughly 180 days and about 4,320 hours," explained Kirk Pickersgill, one-half of the duo behind Toronto-based Greta Constantine.
Next are 200 models answering a single casting call, a number which gets whittled down to 20-40 models per show. However, the process of casting can be difficult, time-consuming, and expensive, especially if the model doesn’t show.
But models are worth nothing if they have nothing to wear. That brings us to our next number of 100. That’s the number of pieces designers prepare for their show, although much like a casting call, that number quickly shrinks to 30-40 by the time of the show.
"We show anywhere from 30-40 looks and usually a look has two-to-three items included in it, plus shoes!" explained said Stacey Bendet, Creative Director of Alice + Olivia. "So we are making a lot of clothing!"
With those 20-40 models showcasing 30-40 looks comes an army of makeup artist and hair stylists backstage. The usual ratio is 2 models for every one makeup artist or stylist, so expect to see 10-20 of each at every show.
And one last number: $887 million. That’s the amount of money the Council of Fashion Designers of America says Fashion Week brings New York every year.