Paris Couture Moments That Made Us Gasp (Literally)

Paris Couture Week kicks off today and we couldn’t be more excited to see what the shows will hold, so – in anticipation – we have rounded up the top five moments that have seriously wowed us in couture history.

John Galliano for Dior, Spring/Summer 1999:

In one of Galliano’s most spectacular moments, he created his very own fashion opera against the backdrop of the grand Palais Garnier opera house. The show has been remembered as one of the best fashion shows of all time – and we think it says it all. Tears. 

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> John Galliano For Christian Dior At The Opera Garnier Du Paris, 1998



Elie Saab, Spring/Summer 2015:

Perhaps the biggest dress that ever was. We were bowled over by this epic creation which, even by Elie Saab’s usual standards, was one dream wedding dress. We cannot cope. 

> Ellie Saab’s Magical Bride At The Couture Spring Summer 2015 Show


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Giambattista Valli, Spring/Summer 2014:

The supersized, candy floss frocks that rocked our world last year had to be Giambattista Valli’s colourful creations. Styled with crisp, tucked-in shirts and vintage headscarves, the only feeling these gowns evoke is one of pure, unadulterated joy. 

> Stunning Ruffles At The Giambattista Valli Couture Autumn Winter 2014 Show


Oscar De La Renta for Balmain, Spring/Summer 2002

A defining moment for the brand right before it adopted a whole new look with a whole new designer. But Oscar will forever be one of our favourites, thanks to his almost inimitable ability to create some of the most romantic dresses we’ve ever seen, while somehow still making his models look completely kick-ass and empowered. Sigh. 

> Oscar De La Renta For Balmain’s Autumn Winter 2002 Collection


Balmain, 2014

Not a show exactly, but a now infamous part of Paris Couture Fashion Week, this Balmain army represents what the brand has now become. Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner? A world away from where Balmain once was but becoming just as, if not more, iconic. Olivier Rousteing, we salute you. 

> The Balmain Army Came Into Full Effect With Kim And Kendall, 2014



Don’t forget to check out TheFashionDrop for everything amazing that’s hitting the high street today. You know, just in case you’re not in the market for couture. 

By Amy de Klerk