- 1943 – Fashion Publicist, Eleanor Lambert, creates the first New York Fashion Week, at that time known as Press Week, because of the cancellation of Paris fashion shows due to Nazi occupation.
- 1944 – Ruth Finley launches her famous fashion calendar.
- 1953 – Claire McCardell (credited for inventing the American look) introduces “soft parts and pieces” which is a casual and comfortable approach to fashion design.
- 1965 – Anne Klein starts the invention of separate tops and bottoms.
- 1969 – Oscar de la Renta shows his first collection to the public.
- 1972 – Calvin Klein launches his first underwear
- 1973 – Eleanor Lambert takes five American designers to Paris to be showcased along with the leading European designers such as Chanel and Dior.
- 1975 – Iman arrives in America. She becomes an international model and breaks down a great race barrier.
- 1985 – Donna Karan shows her seven easy pieces line, which is practical separates in jersey and flannel.
- 1988 – Anna Wintour, newly editor of American Vogue, makes her first appearance at New York Fashion Week.
- The 90’s became the decade of the supermodels: Claudia Schiffer, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Kate Moss, and Naomi Campbell
- 1993 – New York fashion week, which was previously scattered all over the city in apartments and warehouses, moves to Bryant Park under the famous white tents.
- The generation of photography and celebrities in the front row. Famous faces all gather in Bryant Park for fashion week.
- 2001 – The first day of New York fashion week 2001 was September 11. Fashion week was cancelled.
- 2002 – New York and London fashion week exchange dates so that New York doesn’t fall on the first anniversary of 9/11
- 2003 – Founder Eleanor Lambert makes her last appearance at fashion week, one month after her 100th birthday.
- 2010 – New York fashion week is moved to the Lincoln Center.