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22 Fashion Moments That Changed the Concept of a Runway Finale Forever

It’s the closing look of a show that is relied upon to make a lasting impression. Just think of Naomi Campbell gliding down the runway in a sumptuous translucent black gown for Valentino’s spring/summer 2019 couture presentation. Visibly emotional, she stood beside Pierpaolo Piccoli as the crowd applauded and a dazzling cast of models lined up behind them wearing the designer’s ruffled creations. It was a fitting finale for a collection that put diversity, romance, and hope center stage.

Over the last few years, these are the images that have been burned into the fashion industry’s collective memory: the original 1990s supermodels reuniting at Versace’s S/S 2018 show to the strains of George Michael’s Freedom! ’90; Rihanna speeding down the catwalk on the back of a motorbike after her S/S 2018 Fenty x Puma show; Christopher Bailey taking his final bow at Burberry after Cara Delevingne closed the show in a rainbow-colored cape.

Here, Vogue looks back at the 22 most memorable runway finales of all time.

Rihanna for Fenty x Puma, spring/summer 2018 at New York Fashion Week 2017

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Dior Haute Couture Collection spring/summer 1998

Photo: Stephane Cardinale – Corbis

Donatella Versace, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Carla Bruni, Claudia Schiffer and Helena Christensen for Versace, spring/summer 2018 at Milan Fashion Week

Photo: Venturelli

Philipp Plein fall/winter 2014-15 at Milan Fashion Week

Photo: Tullio M. Puglia

Dior Homme pre-fall 2019

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Chanel Haute Couture spring/summer 2008 at Paris Fashion Week

. Photo: Dominique Charriau

Louis Vuitton Menswear fall/winter 2019-20 at Paris Fashion Week

Photo: Peter White

John Galliano ready-to-wear autumn/winter 2009 at Paris Fashion Week

Photo: Alain Benainous

Alexander Mcqueen at London Fashion Week 1998

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Sonia Rykiel fall/winter 2011 at Halle Freyssine, Paris

Photo: Getty

Dries Van Noten spring/summer 2015 in Paris

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Virgil Abloh, Naomi Campbell at Off-white spring/summer 2018 at Paris Fashion Week

Photo: Getty

Chanel spring/summer 2019 at Paris Fashion Week

Photo: Victor Boyko

Kenzo spring/summer 2014 ready-to-wear collection.

Photo: Getty

Louis Vuitton spring/summer 2013 at Paris Fashion Week.

Photo: Getty

Stella McCartney fall/winter 2017.

Photo: Getty

Jean Paul Gaultier spring/summer 2015 at Paris Fashion Week.

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Naomi Campbell, Kim Jones and Kate Moss for Louis Vuitton fall/winter 18-19 at Paris Fashion Week

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Cara Delevingne at Burberry at London Fashion Week 2018

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Michael Kors spring 2017 at New York Fashion Week

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Vivienne Westwood spring/summer 2018 at London Fashion Week

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Naomi Campbell for Valentino Haute Couture, spring 2019

Photo: Jamie Stoker

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