Couture’s fantasy gowns never fail to live up to extra expectations, especially if, right now, you’re moodboarding a virtual wedding look that can dazzle via the small screen. As far as theatrical inspiration goes, look to Kate Moss’s turn as the Atelier Versace couture bride for the house’s AW95 show. The dress? A crystal-encrusted mini shift paired with hoop earrings, a floor-length veil and vertiginous boots. Who, also, could forget Linda Evangelista as the couture bride for Chanel’s autumn 2003 show: a moodboard-worthy look for anyone who’s ever dreamt of getting married in a decorative lace cap (why not?)
Other equally showstopping moments have taken a more pared-back, but no less dramatic, approach. At Valentino’s spring 2013 couture show, the regal simplicity of a high-neck cape dress (worn by Australian model Julia Nobis) ruled the day.
On the ready-to-wear runways, the all-white petticoat dresses hewn by London-based designer Simone Rocha are the stuff of modern fairy tales, while Anthony Vaccarello’s vampish Yves Saint Laurent minidress (SS18) continues to inspire a more playful approach.
Vogue’s edit of the ultimate bridal dresses from the catwalk starts here.