What to expect from Metaverse Fashion Week 2023, Adidas to Vivienne Westwood

Running from 28-31 March, Metaverse Fashion Week 2023 promises an expanded schedule and plenty of digital innovation for both brands and users

A still from Metaverse Fashion Week 2023
A still from Metaverse Fashion Week 2022, the first edition of the event which took place last year
(Image credit: Courtesy of Decentraland)

In March 2022, Decentraland – a virtual social world powered by Ethereum blockchain – launched the very first Metaverse Fashion Week, with ‘attendees’ able to take part in a packed roster of digital events on the platform. These spanned presentations from Etro, Dolce & Gabbana, Tommy Hilfiger and more, a space by British department store Selfridges in which NFTs could be viewed in a gallery-like setting (a collaboration with Paco Rabanne), and various ‘parties‘, opportunities to purchase NFTs and wearable outfits, and even a musical performance by Grimes. All traversed using the platform’s customisable digital avatars and open to anyone with an internet browser (in all, 108,000 people logged into the four-day event, which was run in association with UNXD, which creates ‘crypto-narratives’ for luxury fashion houses). 

This past weekend, Decentraland revealed the full line-up for the second Metaverse Fashion Week, which begins today. Running from 28-31 March 2023, the expanded programme sees Decentraland collaborate with Spatial and OVER metaverses promising ‘the global community [a chance] to experience the latest advancements in metaversal interoperability and digital fashion’. Running with the theme ‘Future Heritage’, the organisers task designers and brands to explore the ‘potential of fashion to bridge realities and worlds’ and weave together digital and material innovations.

Metaverse Fashion Week 2023

Digital runway show

Dolce & Gabbana runway show at Metaverse Fashion 2022

(Image credit: Courtesy of Decentraland)

‘I cannot wait to show the world what has developed since the last time we showcased the fashion revolution in the metaverse on a grand stage,’ says Dr Giovanna Graziosi Casimiro, head of Metaverse Fashion Week. ’Within one year, we have shown the world one of the strongest and most obvious use cases for the metaverse yet – digital fashion. After all, we don’t all want to look like dull copies of the same avatar in our digital lives. Just like in the real world, we all want to individualise and curate the personal aesthetics that we are recognised for.’

So what can users expect from the second Metaverse Fashion Week? There will be digital fashion shows from Dundas, Adidas, and Vivienne Westwood, among others (the latter, titled ‘Dear Vivienne’, will showcase the most 'anti-fashion' wearables), while events and parties will be hosted by Diesel, Coach and wearables start up Gaian. A special exhibition will celebrate the work of Spanish couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga, drawing inspiration from Lorenzo Riva’s collection of over 9,000 drawings created by the designer, which will then be translated into a number of wearables, while a series of panel talks will also take place across the platform.

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Selfridges at Metaverse Fashion Week 2022

(Image credit: Courtesy of Decentraland)

Miami Fashion Week will have a digital iteration in Decentraland, marking the first time a CFDA (The Council of Fashion Designers of America) recognised event will take place in the Metaverse. Elsewhere, DRESSX, the largest ‘metacloset’ for digital clothing and fashion NFTs will become a partner, Metaverse Fashion Week Lux will showcase luxury fashion houses in a new digital space in Decentraland’s ‘Luxury Fashion District’ (including shows, immersive experiences, and pop-up stores), and Metaverse Fashion Week Neo will celebrate a new generation of digital designers. A new digital supermodel, ‘Tangpoko’, will also be debuted at the event.

’Metaverse Fashion Week is a tentpole moment for digital fashion where both brands and consumers can experience the future of fashion,’ adds Shashi Menon, co-Founder and CEO of UNXD. ‘It is a direct extension of UNXD’s mission to bridge luxury between the real world and the metaverse. After our successful first season with Decentraland, we’re thrilled to be expanding the Metaverse Fashion Week platform together to encompass additional metaverses.’

The full Metaverse Fashion Week schedule can be found here.


Fashion Features Editor

Jack Moss is the Fashion Features Editor at Wallpaper*, joining the team in 2022. Having previously been the digital features editor at AnOther and digital editor at 10 and 10 Men magazines, he has also contributed to titles including i-D, Dazed, 10 Magazine, Mr Porter’s The Journal and more, while also featuring in Dazed: 32 Years Confused: The Covers, published by Rizzoli. He is particularly interested in the moments when fashion intersects with other creative disciplines – notably art and design – as well as championing a new generation of international talent and reporting from international fashion weeks. Across his career, he has interviewed the fashion industry’s leading figures, including Rick Owens, Pieter Mulier, Jonathan Anderson, Grace Wales Bonner, Christian Lacroix, Kate Moss and Manolo Blahnik.