ESC: NYFW by the Numbers

How do you quantify the work that goes into a NYFW show?

Putting on a reputable event can cost anywhere from $200,000 to seven digits—in 2011, Marc Jacobs set a new record, spending at least a million (or $1,750 per second), according to The New York Times. But what does that mean in terms of creative and physical output? There are thousands of details that make a show great, from the sketches, to the models, to hair and makeup. Each component in itself is made of bits and bolts, from tools to the experts needed. A fashion show is one complicated moving machine. 

"It is really so hard to quantify [the sweat and tears that go into a show]. There are detailed beaded dresses and skirts that can take up to a month to do," said Stacey Bendet, Creative Director of Alice + Olivia. "Our installations are so detailed we begin working on the renderings for the sets months in advance. Each show is truly a passion project!"

Still, we're going to try...just so you can get an idea what really goes into fashion week. We rounded up estimations from runway veterans below!

ESC: NYFW by the Numbers, 162 Shows and Presentations

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ESC: NYFW by the Numbers, Kirk Pickersgill, Stephen Wong

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ESC: NYFW by the Numbers, 200 Models Audition

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ESC: NYFW by the Numbers, 200 Models Audition

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ESC: NYFW by the Numbers, 104 Pieces of Clothing

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ESC: NYFW by the Numbers, 1 Rose to Celebrate

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ESC: NYFW by the Numbers, 30 Mins Per Model

ESC: NYFW by the Numbers, 5 to 7 makeup products

ESC: NYFW by the Numbers, 18 Hair Stylists

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ESC: NYFW by the Numbers, 20 Mins Per Look

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ESC: NYFW by the Numbers, 1 Can of Hairspray

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ESC: NYFW by the Numbers, 300 Bobby Pins

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