The final look of a couture show is traditionally a bridal look, showcasing a designer’s fantastical vision for the ultimate ‘Big Day’ dress. Since the late 1940s, the closing couture look has often been reserved for an effervescent white number and by the 50s it had become a widespread practise. These days about a third of the labels on the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture’s schedule continue to show a bridal look, with Karl Lagerfeld consistently featuring a white gown as the closing outing for his couture lines for Chanel.
Being cast as the Chanel bride is a career accolade for any young model and it’s no surprise that designer muse of the moment, Cara Delevingne was given the nod this season. In past collections Karl has cast his favourite models from Irina Lazareanu to Devon Aoki to Saskia de Brauw as brides and all have gone on to star in Chanel campaigns. As Cara was one of the faces of Chanel’s Cruise 2013 adverts, Karl’s choice to cast her as the bride suggest further collaboration with the French luxury fashion house.
Cara Delevingne for Chanel Cruise 2013
From ostrich feathered plumes to heavily encrusted embroideries, the Chanel bridal dress is an exquisite example of the skills found in Paris’ ateliers. It also says a lot about the way Monsieur Lagerfeld is thinking – this season’s sheer dress ‘n’ sneakers points to the more youthful market the brand is fostering. But be it autumn 2006’s huge jewel embroidered mini dress and thigh high boots or Autumn 2012’s overblown tulle concoction, you can be sure that you’ll always be left with memories of Chanel’s brides. Click though the gallery above to see the Chanel Brides though the years….