French Fashion and Pop Culture

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Paris is often called the Fashion Capital of the world. This is partly from its famous Paris Fashion Week and famous designers, such as Coco Chanel.

France is home to many luxury fashion districts. Among these are Lyon, Marseille, and Toulouse. Fashion is known as an important part of France’s cultural life, as it is the leading fashion industry. Home to the fashion headquarters of Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Dior, and Lacroix, Paris also operates many international fashion companies, such as Burberry. The Avenue des Champs-Elysées is the famous avenue for luxury brands in France. It is the 5th Avenue of NYC!

The Paris Fashion week is twice a year, and takes place after the Milan Fashion Week. It is part of the “Big 4” fashion weeks or industries. The French Fashion Federation decides the dates for the Fashion Week every year–it is the French governing industry for clothing.

The French value  media and art that is independent, or their own. The French movie industry is the 3rd largest in the market. in 2010, a record breaking 261 films were made in France. Other nations are not nearly as established, and often watch dubbed TV shows and movies from the United States or the UK. And of course, France is famous for the Nice International Film Festival. Every year, famous movie producers and actors travel to South France in the summer for this major event.

France is the 5th largest music industry in the world. France is famous internationally for electronic artists–a popular music genre in most of Europe. Rock and pop music has been the most prominent, but hip hop was introduced in the 1990s. French hip hop was mostly underground in the beginning. It was popular in poor areas of large cities. However, hip hop has boomed in recent years and now France is the 2nd largest country in the rap industry. French rappers and DJs, such as David Guetta, have gained major popularity internationally.

 The Louvre is a popular tourist attraction. As one of the world’s largest museums, it is a major historic monument. The Louvre is owned by the government with a staff of 2,000 employees.  The Louvre is home to luxury shops and vast museum, including the famous Mona Lisa.

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