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The initiative for Intercolor came in 1963, when Fred Carlin (France), Milo Legnazzi (Switzerland), and Yasuo Inamura (Japan) met at the 7th International Color Conference in Padua, Italy. They felt that fashion colour should be discussed internationally and a consensus reached, and decided to set up a committee once a head office had been formally established at the CIC (Centre d’Information de la Couleur) in France.

Intercolor history Congress

From the wording in the Intercolor history, “For the purpose of seasonal coordination and standardization of colours in textile and fashion industry twice every year, it was decided that information would be constantly exchanged between each nation through discussions on the basic fashion trends and through activities of the standing secretariat”.

Major countries were quick to agree to take part. The first Intercolor session was held in Paris, on September 9th 1963 with eleven participating nations. Since then, many organizations have joined or withdrawn.
2013 was Intercolor’s 50th Anniversary.

Intercolor's head office has been based in different countries – it was in Austria for over ten years, before moving to Germany and Great Britain. In 2009, after the appointment Olivier Guillemin (Comite Francais de la Couleur, France) as General Secretary, Intercolor settled in Paris where it started.

For many years the Intercolor meetings were held in Paris to coincide with Expofil, which was at the time three months in advance of Premiere Vision.  When it came under the Premiere Vision Pluriel banner, the timing became too late for the Intercolor requirements, so from that time the meetings have been held each time in a different host country.

A selection of some emblematic colour ranges :




The world continues to face a difficult time financially, with complex economic systems developed that intertwine with our daily lives. The Virtual is now Real. Ecology issues have become global problems and we need to act. It's time to reset things and to reconstruct and renew our real life. 
"Make up - Clean up - Balance" shows the idea of designing colours on “Tabula Rasa”.




White in the centre of this colour card symbolises the new millennium and the beginning of a new era, while yellow represents the importance of light.
The contradictory attitude between energising and relaxing is the key concept of the colour card.




Ecology" color trends gained more power in the market. Natural motifs such as flowers, plants, water and sky inspired colors for fashion.
Tender ecological colors went well with colors borrowed from nature.





Black & White (especially Black) played an important role in the market in the mid 80s. Japanese "Zen" colors or blacks had strong influence through designers Yoji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo, which is clearly evident in this palette.
At the same time, the new "Ecology" concept began to cast its shadow on the palette, symbolized by the ranges of browns, beiges and greens.





Minimalism, Simplism and Health-conscious living gained ground in the late 70s. This palette shows it very clearly in the slightly tinted colors which symbolize the trend to these movements in the market.





This palette has the typical 60s vivid sporty atmosphere which was selected for 1968, the year of the Mexico Olympic Games. It shows the characteristic strong luminous colors which became popular in late 60s and peaked in 1968.