#1888 Paris Menswear – the invitations

Few things excite me more than arriving at my apartment in Paris, walking in the door, throwing my stuff down, running to the table and tearing through the envelopes that lie waiting with my name on them. I am obsessed with show invitations – mainly because they save you having to sneak in, but also because they often give a hint of what’s to come. Plus they’re hugely collectible. Fun fact: I have never thrown away a show invitation – in my storage box back home there’s a giant shopping bag filled with hundreds of them (one day I’ll hold an exhibition or something). This season’s haul has been a particularly good one – so far I’ve received JPG, Kris Van Assche, Mugler, Damir Doma, Thom Browne, Margiela, Lanvin, Dries Van Noten and Raf Simons. Best in show goes to Margiela – the invitation is a used Paris Metro ticket. Genius. Honourable mentions: JPG, Dries van Noten and Raf Simons. See below.


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  1. says

    Thanks for this post! As a graphic designer (without PFW invitations of my own…) it’s really nice to see these invites and how they relate to the aesthetic of the shows themselves. I think a big post of your entire invitation collection would be great!

  2. says

    I went to the fashion museum in Paris years ago and they had an exhibition dedicated to the catwalk show – including a large section devoted to invitations. It was terrific. Margiela had one that was on a plate!

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