When it comes to haute couture, the traditional fashion rules fly out the window.
While stunning, over-the-top dresses are common fare at Haute Couture Week, some designers take things a step further with fantastical creations that seem unrealistic for life off the runway.
One of the first designers to take things to such an extreme was the late Alexander McQueen. Designing for Givenchy’s fall ’97 couture show, McQueen came up with a look that felt completely outside the realms of reality. He showed a furry dress that featured high shoulders and a gold-plated neckline. While the footwear — a pair of strappy sandals — was tame, the model’s golden makeup and feather-adorned hair added another element of fantasy.
Dress made of hair with pointed shoulders worn with stacked gold neck rings and porcupine quill headpiece in the Givenchy fall ’97 couture show.
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During the years that John Galliano served as creative director of Christian Dior, the brand’s couture looks were completely over-the-top. At the spring ’04 couture show, Galliano took inspiration from ancient Egypt. He sent models down the runway in elaborate gold gown and footwear, with elaborate accessories reminiscent of sarcophaguses completing the looks.
A model wears a look from the Christian Dior