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The 27 Best Couture Wedding Gowns Of All Time

As we gear up for the upcoming couture week in Paris, here’s a look back at the best couture wedding gowns seen on runways over the years.

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Zuhair Murad. Photo: Voguerunway.com

The charm of couture wedding gowns comes from the fact that each one is unique, a one-of-a-kind creation for a one-in-a-million bride. Within the region itself, fashion masters like Lebanon’s Zuhair Murad and Elie Saab have given us some fabulous princess-worthy looks over the years — think back to Murad’s autumn/winter 2019 show or Saab’s autumn/winter 2000 presentation for reference.

Overseas, some of the most fabulous couture wedding dresses of all time have come courtesy of Chanel. During his tenure at the house, Karl Lagerfeld hand-picked a supermodel bride to close each couture show in a wedding gown: among them Devon Aoki, Alek Wek and Kristen McMenamy. Current creative director Virginie Viard has since continued the tradition, with actor Margaret Qualley appearing as an autumn/winter 2021 couture bride and Hyunji Shin closing the autumn/winter 2032 show in a cropped veil and midi-dress.

The Versace runway has also played host to some unforgettable bridal couture moments. Think: Naomi Campbell in a gilded gown for spring/summer 1992, and Kate Moss in a now-iconic crystal-encrusted minidress for autumn/winter 1995.

Maison Margiela and Jean Paul Gaultier, meanwhile, have been responsible for more avant-garde, challenging couture looks, like the plastic-clad bride at Margiela’s autumn/winter 2015 show, or the couple who walked JPG’s autumn/winter 1998 runway.

To celebrate the upcoming autumn/winter 2024 couture week in Paris, Vogue invites you to revisit the most unforgettable couture wedding gowns seen on runways, from the 1970s to now. If you’re planning on tying the knot anytime soon, there’s more inspiration that you can imagine in the photo gallery below, ranging for more-is-more ballgowns that command attention, to minimalistic pieces that promise to stand the test of time. Start taking notes!

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Valentino AW20. Photo: Voguerunway.com

Balenciaga AW21. Photo: Voguerunway.com

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Jean Paul Gaultier AW09. Photo: Getty

Yves Saint Laurent AW00. Photo: Getty

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Chanel SS01. Photo: Getty

Yves Saint Laurent SS01. Photo: Getty

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Christian Dior SS87. Photo: Getty

Christian Dior AW05. Photo: Getty

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Givenchy AW88. Photo: Getty

Chanel AW95. Photo: Getty

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Lanvin AW73. Photo: Getty

Yves Saint Laurent SS02. Photo: Getty

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Chanel AW03. Photo: Getty

Thierry Mugler AW99. Photo: Getty

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Versace SS92. Photo: Getty

Versace AW95. Photo: Getty

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Christian Dior SS97. Photo: Getty

Givenchy SS20. Photo: Getty

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Elie Saab AW00. Photo: Getty

Chanel SS04. Photo: Getty

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Christian Lacroix SS05. Photo: Getty

Mugler AW95. Photo: Getty

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Balmain SS01. Photo: Getty

Givenchy AW97. Photo: Getty

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Versace AW97. Photo: Getty

Chanel AW23. Photo: Getty

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Zuhair Murad AW19. Photo: Voguerunway.com

Originally published in Vogue.co.uk

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