1. ALEXANDER MCQUEEN SPRING 2000
This show, being his first in New York was either loved or hated by the critics. The runway had been transformed into a bed of metal spikes and nails. The models were suspended in air by wires, wearing sheer knit outfits, of jersey mainly and outfits inspired by the burkha. This show was interesting not just for the audience but also for the model as it brought adventure and risk into their field. This unusual theme intrigued me, and according to me, this was probably one of the most terrifying and creative shows I must have heard of, making Alexander McQueen my favoured designer.
2. FENDI FALL 2007
One of the most extravagant shows, Fendi’s F/W 2007 show was held at the Great Wall of China. The historical impact of what he was about to do was not lost on Karl Lagerfeld, the designer. He managed to get 500 people to watch his 10 million dollar show half way across the world. It has been called one of the most unreal experiences in the history of fashion shows, grabbing the second spot in the top 7 unique fashion shows.
3. CHANEL PRE-FALL 2012
Karl Lagerfeld was inspired by the Raj of the Maharajas(rule of the kings)/empires in medieval India. Although he has never been to India, he was able to create his version of the Rajasthan royalty’s dining room in the Grand Palais with silverware. The theme of the show was India and Paris to remind everyone how Europe’s fashion houses rely on Indian labour for their intricate handwork pieces. The elegance was created as the fashion from the two different cultures blended beautifully.
4. HENRIK VIBSKOV FALL 2009
While many have not heard of him, he comes fourth in this list. With giant hamster wheels in black and white and models in them in their heels, this show sure did shock the audience. The models took turns in the wheel before walking down the striped runway.
5. ALEXANDER MCQUEEN FALL 2006
McQueen’s collection was highly appraised as he delved deep into culture by taking inspiration from Victorian prints and pro-Raphaelite paintings. This show took a turn to the fantastical when a puff of smoke appeared suddenly in the glass pyramid and twisted into the shape of a woman, Kate Moss, in a white dress that exemplified delicacy and beauty. This made the entire experience surreal, as the entire hologram was a tribute to Kate Moss, who was once his muse. Making the list twice, McQueen sure did push boundaries and brought novelty to the fashion world.
6. THOM BROWNE FALL 2012
A wood-paneled room, which was dimly illuminated by flickering candles, was the location of this show. Ten models laid in ten different coffins, the bodies representing ‘the ten beautiful girls who died for fashion.’ The models climbed out of their coffins and stood sentinel-like while models walked around them. The outfits helped convince the audience of the theme of death and rebirth. This show showed Browne in new light as he displayed elegant designs with emphasis on any protruding part of the human body.
7. PIERRE CARDIN SPRING 2008
He set his men’s and women’s show with 200 looks on the sand dunes of Dunhuang, a remote Chinese city. While models were brought to the runway by camelback, one could see the contrast in the location and the designs that were sporty and sharp. This show held emotional value to him as he first opened a French restaurant in China. Having a fashion show in the deserts with unpredictable weather runs at a high risk and Cardin should be applauded for his outstanding work.