About FGI

The Fashion Group is a global non-profit organization of executives, designers and entrepreneurs in more than 30 chapters around the world. The Fashion Group provides a high-profile forum to promote the fashion, beauty and interior design industries.

To do this, Fashion Group hosts events that educate and inform our members, promoting the exchange of ideas and common resources within the industry.

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Our History

Fashion Group International is a global non-profit association of more than 7,000 members representing all areas of the fashion and related industries including beauty and the home.

It all began in 1928 when 17 women, invited by Edna Wooman Chase, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue, met for lunch in a modest midtown New York Restaurant. They shared three things: each held a job in the business of fashion, each held all other in high regard and believed fashion needed a forum to express and enhance a widening awareness of the American fashion business and women’s roles in that business. The Fashion Group was born.

Some of the Founding and Charter members include Elizabeth Arden, Eleanor Roosevelt, Helena Rubinstein and Edith Head. Many decades later the names have changed, but the energy, talent and commitment remains the same. Read more about the Fashion Group’s early days here.

In November 1956, the Toronto Chapter of The Fashion Group International began with a luncheon of high-profile women in the fashion industry, at the home of Dora Matthews, from Eaton’s fashion bureau. The following March, the Toronto Chapter launched with a show and exhibit of couture fashion illustrating period styles and great dressmaking. The pieces were subsequently donated to the Royal Ontario Museum as a resource for Canadian designers.