Lyon has a special place in the history of French fashion. In the 18th century, the city was the capital of silk in Europe, thanks to its monopoly on the trade in France. Lyon’s fashion credentials continue as the city’s Croix-Rousse area is home to an amazing vintage market for a few days each year. Lucie Goulet reports.
In 2002, students from the Université de la Mode, a fashion college, decided to organise the first Marché de la Mode Vintage, a vintage fashion market. The market’s creator, Nadine Gelas, wanted to “to create a vintage fashion event in France which would gather all vintage enthusiasts to an exchange market place”.
The first market had 30 stalls and 800 visitors. It was sponsored by Didier Ludot, a well known and highly respected French vintage expert. Held once a year, the market has since gathered interest from fashion industry professionals, fashionistas, vintage lovers, as well as local, national and specialist press. In 2008 over 300 exhibitors attracted more than 20 000 visitors, and the event now counts French fashion magazinesL’Officiel and Jalouse among its sponsors.
The Market has all the characteristics of your normal vintage market: you can buy, sell, or just wander around and look for inspiration. However, each year the market has a different theme.
Exhibitors, both major dealers and private collectors, focus on three decades which current designers still turn to for ideas: the 50s, 60s and 70s. In addition to original vintage, the event also has a vintage-inspired design section
This year, the Marché’s theme is music. The organisers have set up a music contest for local groups with the best ones playing on the opening night.
The Marché is free and open to all. So head to Lyon for the 30 & 31 May 2009!