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Seven of the Most Iconic Fashion Shows of All Time

Even the most rudimentary of fashion disciples understand that art, spectacular, and design go hand in hand when it comes to creating the most magnificent fashion lines. The shows meant to exhibit said lines are nothing short of arresting themselves. Here are some of our favorite, and most iconic fashions shows of all time.

Marc Jacobs Fall/Winter 2012

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Photo from The Sartorialist

With a set like an oragami dream, the Marc Jacobs Fall/Winter 2012 show was nothing short of spectacular. The curving and careening paper mache like towers were reminiscent of Spanish architect, Antoni Gaudi’s buildings and perfectly balanced the harder silhouettes of the season’s line.

Chanel Fall/Winter 2014 Ready-to-Wear

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Photo by Yannis Vlamos taken from Vogue

Who says fashion can’t be functional and also help you look unbelievably stylish as you pick out the perfect apple at the supermarket? Chanel’s 2014 Ready-to-Wear show had just that in mind. Models perused a fully built out grocery store as audiences marveled at the designs and the set itself. It is a beautiful thing when the larger fashion houses dabble in the intricacies of domesticity and make us all feel a little better about heading to the grocery store after work.

Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2018

A giant, glittering grotto filled with tiny pieces of reflective material made this show one to watch over and over again. Maybe if you watch it four times you’ll catch a leggy Barbarella gliding down the runway or an Unidentified Fly Design to inspire your outfit this week. Regardless, this show is one for the books.

Rick Owens Spring/Summer 2014

Lest us not forget this show-stopping event filled with not models, but step-dancers breaking it down in the middle of Paris Fashion Week. Rick Owens’ utilitarian inspired line was executed flawlessly and the dancer’s moves perfectly echoed the sharp lines of the silhouettes. It was truly a show to remember.

Savage X Fenty Fall/Winter 2018

Robyn Rihanna Fenty has been killing a lot of avenues lately and her lingerie line is no exception. The Savage X Fenty show was a fantastical dreamland filled with women of all sizes in glass boxes, surrounded by plants and lab equipment. And to top it all off, one of the very pregnant models, Slick Woods, went into labor at the show. If that isn’t iconic I don’t know what is.

Chanel Spring/Summer 2019

They literally built a beach. A beach! Complete with a boardwalk and lifeguard stand. This show was the perfect example of how playful and fun high fashion can be and how inspiring the smaller moments in life truly are. Also, they built a beach!

Viktor and Rolf Fall/Winter 1999

A single model with layer upon layer upon layer added by the designers themselves. While the show seems incredibly simple, the logistics of adding piece after piece on a lone model is utterly complex and was completely groundbreaking. This show questioned what it meant to present a fashion show. It stepped out of the box, threw it all away, and added it back piece after beautiful piece. What a breathtaking show.

By Mikala Everett
Cover Photo: Getty Images/Brian Ach