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While now may not be the best time for travel, today our contributor provides us with some ideas for the future, some global destinations that are a must-visit for the aspiring designer. 

Fashion is as much about its canvas as it is about the thread, look and feel, but there are some countries that provide the ultimate canvas. If you’re an aspiring designer looking to get your feet wet in an environment that honors high fashion above all else, then there are 5 global destinations that you need to visit to get your stylish start or simply be inspired but creators in other parts of the world.

  1. Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne has been recognized as The World’s Most Livable City seven times, with its edgy style, iconic architecture and cool climate culminating in a fashion haven. The best part about Melbourne is that there are pockets all over the city which cater to different styles and trends, distinguished in their own right. Whatever type of designer you are, you will find your flavor in Melbourne, and there are a number of unique hotels and Melbourne serviced apartments from Q Squared to accommodate you through this reconnaissance mission and keep you rested and inspired.

  1. Milan, Italy

One can’t discuss global fashion without a mention of Milan. Milan is the epitome of sophistication, and here you will get a new understanding of high fashion, and how it comes to life in this chic city. If you own any luxury items, chances are the fabrics and textiles have come from Milan, or at least their creation was planned there. Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, and many more high-end labels have originated in this city, and some of the first retail stores were introduced in this city from as early as the 1800s. 

  1. Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo is well and truly an assault on the senses, with the bold colors and bolder designs appealing to adventurous fashionistas looking to carve out their edge. Japanese fashion extends beyond the Harajuku street-style that you may know it for, designing gender-neutral fashion lines that are worn and celebrated all over the world. If you are drawn to the wilder types of fashions, Japan might be the place to start your experience and work under a designer that challenges your creativity and convention. It’s also a great place to seek inspiration for your own designs and styles. 

  1. Paris, France

Ah, Paris. Is there a place more beautifully appointed and luxurious? Paris has seen some momentous chapters in history, but it has also been the scene of many designers getting their start, like Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Hermes. There are also a number of prestigious fashion schools in Paris, such as the International Fashion Academy (IFA) and Esmod International. Whether you are starting your career here or looking to visit the classic sights, you will find that Paris uses every inch of its architecture and landmarks for fashion parades and shoots. Even the Louvre is home to an iconic outfit or two if your inspiration comes from the archives.

  1. New York, United States

We couldn’t mention the most fashion-forward destinations without calling out the ‘concrete jungle where dreams are made of’. Wandering around New York City, you will quickly see that anything goes on the Fashion front, in fact, the wilder approaches are the new norm in this diverse population. Grunge and high-end fashion seem to blend with one another seamlessly here. Home to the Met Gala and New York Fashion Week, you will find that the best fashion designers live in New York and continue to innovate and nurture global rising stars. 

These 5 destinations are a fabulous place to start your fashion career, and you may even call one of these places home in years to come with a fashion line that reflects your influence and the style that has been inspired by Melbourne, Milan, Tokyo, Paris or New York.