Major luxury fashion houses are canceling or postponing shows amid the coronavirus outbreak


February’s fashion month went on with some hesitation, but now, the industry is taking more precautions when it comes to its cruise and resort shows.

As previously reported by Business Insider, many US-based fashion editors, influencers, models, and others who traveled to Milan for fashion week returned to find memos from their employers requesting they self-quarantine. On March 11, Condé Nast CEO Roger Lynch advised those who can work from home to do so until at least the end of March, as a staffer in the company’s Style division was suspected of having COVID-19.

Now, fashion houses are canceling or postponing upcoming shows en masse. Giorgio Armani postponed its April cruise show to November. Versace and Gucci each canceled US shows planned for May, while Prada has canceled its May resort show, which was set to take place in Japan, Business Insider previously reported.

In addition to fashion shows, numerous fashion weeks have also been canceled, including those in Shanghai, Melbourne, Beijing, Seoul, Moscow and Tokyo. And on Monday, Anna Wintour and the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum confirmed that this year’s Met Gala would be postponed indefinitely.

Here is a list of all the major runway shows canceled or postponed so far.

Burberry was scheduled to have a show in Shanghai on April 23, but it has since been postponed.

As Business Insider previously reported, in January, when the coronavirus was still spreading throughout China, Burberry predicted that COVID-19 would have a worse impact on its bottom line than the Hong Kong protests, which cut sales in half in its last fiscal quarter.

Armani has postponed its cruise show, which was originally set to take place in April in Dubai. As of now, the show has been pushed to November, as previously reported by Business Insider.

In a statement given to The Hollywood Reporter, Armani said that because of the COVID-19 outbreak, “the decision has been taken as a precautionary measure in order to protect all the industry stakeholders, employees, and guests who would be involved in the trip.”

Armani’s headquarters is located in Milan, which is, along with the rest of Italy, on lockdown.

Originally scheduled for May 18 in San Francisco, Gucci is postponing its cruise 2021 fashion show to an as-yet-undetermined future date. In a statement given to The Hollywood Reporter, Gucci’s rep said the decision to cancel was due to the COVID-19 outbreak and was made “as a precautionary measure.”

“A decision on the new timing and location of the show will be announced at a later date once the situation becomes clearer,” Gucci told THR. “At this time, our thoughts are with all of those affected around the world.”

Gucci’s headquarters are in Florence, Italy.

Dior has indefinitely postponed its cruse show, which was originally scheduled to take place in Lecce, Italy, on May 9. In a statement given to WWD, Dior said that this was “a preventive measure” to “ensure the safety of all its employees, collaborators and guests.”