Coronavirus Impact: How the Epidemic Has Impacted the Fashion Industry

As the coronavirus continues to spread, so too has its impact on the industry. The world has been on edge since news of the virus’ outbreak began in late January in Wuhan City in the Hubei Province of China. The virus has quickly spread globally, with cases popping up in the U.S., the U.K., Italy, Japan, Egypt and Iran, as well as in about 30 other nations, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The coronavirus is increasingly having a negative impact on the fashion industry specifically, especially the fall 2020 fashion month season. Reports of the coronavirus hitting Italy coincided with the end of Milan Fashion Week, leading to the cancellation of a number of runway shows and events. Here, WWD breaks down the ways that the epidemic — which has amassed a total of 77,150 cases and 2,592 deaths worldwide as of Feb. 24, according to The Washington Post — has impacted the fashion industry. Fashion Shows: Giorgio Armani, and models wearing his fall 2020 collection.  Courtesy Photo The coronavirus has led to the postponement or cancellation of a number of fashion shows for the fall 2020 and resort seasons, including the following: Armani: Giorgio Armani revealed on Feb. 22 that he would no longer be

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