The top 10 cities have each made notable contributions to the field of design, but fashion specifically, as the list reflects the idea that fashion plays a leading role in any city's cultural evolution and identity. (Fashion is also firmly ingrained in modern, urban culture, as evidenced by reality television competition series Project Runway, soon to make its fifth-season debut on Lifetime Television, as well as big-box retailer Target's ( TGT - news - people ) Go International apparel collections.) The four top cities on the list host the four most important fashion weeks in the world. The other six cities each host their own runway shows that showcase local talent not necessarily ready for a global presence.
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