FashionTelevision celebrates 25 years as an international icon of style

It was 1985, and Betsey Johnson, Bob Mackie and Oscar de la Renta were top designers. Monika Schnarre was on the verge of supermodel stardom. Shoulder pads and big hair were de rigueur. Madonna and Princess Di were fast becoming fashionplates, and MIAMI VICE and DYNASTY were arbiters of style.

Making sense of it all was a new concept in fashion reporting: Canada’s own FASHIONTELEVISION (FT).

A quarter of a century later, and now licensed in 140 countries, CTV’s FASHIONTELEVISION celebrates 25 historic years as one of the world’s longest-running fashion series with the release of a commemorative magazine, a star-studded birthday bash, and the premiere of its 25TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL, airing Sunday, September 12 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV (check local listings).

“This is an incredible moment for the series – a milestone that could not pass without celebrating in style,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “FASHIONTELEVISION is an icon. Over the years it has set the bar for fashion producing and reporting, making fashion accessible to audiences worldwide.”

Jeanne Beker has been hosting since Day 1 and has gone on to become one of the international fashion scene’s most respected journalists, and a fashion icon herself. Within the first year, she was interviewing the likes of Linda Evangelista, Donna Karan and Gianni Versace, beginning to lay the ground work for their inevitable iconic status. By its second year, FT was travelling to the fashion capitals of the world and, in its unique and trailblazing format, rubbing shoulders backstage with Oscar de la Renta, Calvin Klein, and Naomi Campbell.

A quarter century later, FASHIONTELEVISION’s raw style of fashion reporting and commitment to its audience, has made it a legend in the industry, and allowed its team to develop close relationships with the world’s top designers, including Karl Lagerfeld, Valentino, Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford. 

“The only constant in this arena is change, and witnessing the way the industry has grown – and the way we’ve grown along with it – has been exhilarating,” said Jeanne Beker, host of FASHIONTELEVISION. “I never would have imagined that a quarter century later, I’d still be enthusiastically pursuing designers in my stilettos, but the thrill of the chase, coupled with the fact that we’ve managed to influence and edify an entire generation of fashion fans, continues to excite and inspire me. My passion for what we do hasn’t waned a bit in all these years. And I know our faithful viewers share that passion.” 

Thousands of international profiles later, FASHIONTELEVISION has covered everything from street fashion to haute couture, unequivocally becoming a homegrown success story as Canada’s longest running fashion series. The series’ extensive style coverage remains at the forefront of the industry and a cut above all others.

FT’s outstanding 25th season kicks off with the premiere of the one-hour commemorative 25TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL. The special digs deep into FT’s archives to tell the story of a pivotal time in fashion. It was an explosive era that created the first supermodel, the celebrity designer, and a boundary-pushing sexuality in fashion advertising.

Here, FT revisits all the innovators, troublemakers and risk-takers that have helped make the fashion scene so vital and fascinating. The special premieres on CTV Sunday, September 12 at 7 p.m. ET/PT, with encore presentations on CTV Monday, September 13 at 10 a.m. ET/PT, on Star! Sunday, September 12 at 8 p.m ET / 5 p.m. PT, and Saturday September 18 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT; and on FashionTelevisionChannel Sunday, September 12 at 9 p.m ET / 6 p.m. PT and Monday, September 13 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

“On the occasion of our 25th anniversary, we’ve dug deep into our archives to tell the story of a pivotal era in fashion, and to revisit the colourful characters we’ve met along the way,” said Jay Levine, Supervising Producer of FASHIONTELEVISION. “They’re the people behind the story, those who make the fashion world so vital and fascinating.” 

The catwalk meets the sidewalk at the legendary corner of Toronto’s Queen and John Streets for FT’s 25th anniversary celebration event, which gathers Canada’s fashion elite and glitterati together to toast the series’ 25 years of excellence in fashion reporting. The event launches FT’s limited edition 25th anniversary magazine, a 208-page commemorative glossy that chronicles the many milestones and defining moments of FT’s global iconic success.

This collectors’ edition captures the essence of the finest TV moments in fashion, design and architecture, along with people and places that excited, inspired and entertained viewers around the world. A visual scrapbook, the cover features Canadian supermodel Coco Rocha. Produced by FASHIONTELEVISION in association with Geoffrey Dawe & Co and Mamone & Partners, the magazine is available mid-September at select retailers in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. 

For more FT programming information and up-to-the minute updates surrounding FT’s 25th anniversary season including exclusive photos and videos, log onto www.fashiontelevision.com. 

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