Friday, 4 September 2015

Style: Fashion Week Magic Moments

A's pick of the best fashion shows of all time.

As the fashion world gears itself up for its busiest month, we take a look at some of the most amazing fashion shows ever staged; from the ground-breaking to the breath-taking.

The Battle of Versailles, a huge charity catwalk event in 1973, was a defining moment in fashion history. Five American designers were pitted against five French designers, widely acknowledged as the best in the world. The traditional, refined catwalk of the French met by the loud, fun, colourful fashion of the Americans. This single day is credited with winning America a place in the fashion world, and since then we have seen America fashion not only copy French, but produce it's own innovative and unique designs, designers and trends.

Dior saw its 100th anniversary back in 2005 and John Galliano made sure they saw it in with style. He created a magical abandoned Edwardian garden and a host of romantically ruined gowns inspired by the era that birthed the house of Christian Dior.

Alexander McQueen created sensational show after sensational show, but possibly the piece de resistance was his hologram of Kate Moss in the autumn-winter show of 2006. 
McQueen continued to push the boundaries of fashion and technology until his very last show in 2010, which featured his now famous armadillo shoes and was the first fashion week show to be live-streamed on the internet.
2009: Alexander McQueen's Last Ever Show
Alexander McQueen always pushed the boundaries in fashion and his SS10 show, 'Plato’s Atlantis', was typically avant-garde. McQueen delivered his now iconic Armadillo shoes, some out-of-this-world digital prints and the first-ever fashion week live stream, all in a single show. We didn't know at the time that this collection would be his last which, in hindsight, makes it even more special

In the running for most exotic fashion show ever is Pierre Cardin's spring summer 2008 show which took place in the desert, alongside the ancient silk road route in China.

Fendi scoured a coup in 2008 by showing their spring summer collection on, actually on, the Great Wall of China.

Not content with the Great Wall of China, Karl Lagerfeld created a working carousel for the Chanel autumn-winter 2008 show. This huge, verging on the kitsch, novelty catwalk perfectly sums up the Chanel confidence in it's own brand.

For Marc Jacobs' autumn-winter 2012 show,artist Rachel Feinstein, created a fairytale wonderland of cut paper for the models to inhabit.

Marc Jacobs did Louis Vuitton proud for spring summer 2013. The escalators and chess-board flooring was simple, elegant and one of the most high-impact catwalk sets ever. It perfectly housed the collection, and the concept was beautifully transitioned into the print campaign.

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