Catwalks and runways took a new turn due to Covid with many being virtual events or cancelled completely. This prompted me to think about the most iconic catwalk moments. Here are my top five:
Karlie Kloss – Alexander McQueen Autumn/Winter 2009
Karlie Kloss had an iconic moment during the Alexander McQueen show in 2009. Her large red gown was too long, as it followed her dragging on the floor. Kloss explained she felt worried about potentially tripping on her dress and the team told her if she did, to make it a moment! As she felt the dress getting caught up under her heel, she stopped, mid-catwalk pulled her dresses up and threw it back down. Runway shows tend to be seamless, they walk in a certain way, at a certain pace and a certain face. This moment disrupted the show but showed Kloss’ attitude and we LOVED it!
Thierry Mugler Spring/Summer 1995 The Venus Dress
Thierry Mugler has been known to push fashion with his creativity and unique style, but ‘The Venus Dres’s has been completely unforgettable. Inspired by Italian artist Botticelli’s ‘The Birth of Venus’, this dress saw model Simonetta Gianfelici blossom as she broke out of her shell. Draped with pearls and pink satin, this gown had the critics divided but wowed the audience without a doubt. Cardi B has recently seen remodelling this dress making it a timeless piece.
Alexander McQueen SS99 – Spring/ Summer Collection 1999
Not only is this a stand-out catwalk moment, but probably one of the biggest moments in Shalom Harlow’s career. During Alexander McQueen’s SS99 show, Harlow walked out with a simple strapless white dress on. The show seemed very typical until the dress was doused in paint by two spray gun robots! The robots covered her crisp white dress in green and lime coloured paint drawing huge applause from the audience. This image became one of the most iconic catwalk photos of all time after this, making it a show to remember.
Cara Delevingne – Burberry SS18
Burberry’s SS18 collection was all dedicated to LGBTQ+ youth with charities being supported by the line and runway shows. Delevingne has been a huge advocate for LGBTQ+ rights throughout her career, after coming out as pansexual in 2020. Cara had taken a break from the runway in 2016 (two years prior) in order to allow her more time to focus on her acting career. As “Don’t Leave Me This Way” blared through the speakers, Delevingne swished her floor-grazing rainbow fur coat. This was a huge comeback, for a great cause and executed perfectly by the iconic Delevingne herself. It ended this landmark show in the perfect tone.
Gisele Bundchen – Victoria’s Secret 2002
Back in 2002, Gisele Bundchen was ready to walk the annual Victoria’s Secret show, little did she know, she was about to become the subject of PETA’s latest anti-fur campaign. Before this catwalk, she had modelled for BlackGlama who famously make fur coats. The PETA protesters declared her as a ‘bloodsucker’ as they crashed her catwalk but Gisele continued and acted unphased by it. This moment prompted Gisele to stand with PETA as she agreed with their values, and continues to use her platform for animal abuse activism.