A fashion capital is a city which is a major centre for the fashion industry and in which activities including the design, production and retailing of fashion products, fashion events (such as fashion weeks and awards) and fashion-related trade fairs generate significant economic output. Fashion capitals generally have a strong subculture capable of inspiring not only fashion professionals, but also the citizens of the city, and of turning their street style and street culture into essential characteristics. They also usually have a broad mix of business, entertainment, culture, and leisure activities and are internationally recognised for having a unique and strong identity.
There are currently widely regarded as being four principal fashion capitals in the world, known as the "big four": London, Milan, New York and Paris. An annual ranking of the leading fashion capitals is produced by Global Language Monitor.
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