From Versace reuniting the original supermodels to Rihanna speeding down the catwalk on a motorbike at Fenty x Puma, Vogue presents its pick of 21 runway finales that will live long in fashion memory.
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The diverse cast of models at Valentino‘s SS19 couture presentation—including Naomi Campbell herself to close the show—”goes against all the xenophobia in Italy and, hopefully, all over the world,” Pierpaolo Piccioli said after the show. Naomi couldn’t hold back her tears, and neither, watching from the front row, could Celine Dion.
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Alexander McQueen SS99
A master showman, the late Alexander McQueen was known for pushing boundaries with his runway shows. The SS99 presentation drew gasps when model Shalom Harlow’s pristine white dress was spray painted by robots.
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John Galliano AW09
For his AW09 presentation, John Galliano transported the audience to an eerie winter wonderland. The models floated down the catwalk through a micro-bubble snow storm, lit by lasers to haunting effect.
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Fenty x Puma SS18
Why walk the runway at the close of a show when you could zoom along it on motorbike? Bad Gal RiRi took a lap of honour in style at the close of her Fenty x Puma SS18 presentation.
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Louis Vuitton AW19
The Louis Vuitton AW19 show, Virgil Abloh’s second as men’s artistic director, was an homage to Michael Jackson staged on a faux New York street, with Dev Hynes providing the soundtrack.
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Dior Men's Pre-Fall 2019
Kim Jones commissioned a 39ft tall sculpture of a robot by the Japanese artist Hajime Sorayama to form the centrepiece of the Dior Men’s pre-fall 2019 show in Tokyo.
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Jean Paul Gaultier SS15
Jean Paul Gaultier bid farewell to ready-to-wear with his SS15 show in Paris, a riotous beauty pageant dubbed Élection de Miss Jean Paul Gaultier 2015.
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Louis Vuitton SS13
Marc Jacobs had pairs of models descend onto the runway via four moving escalators at the close of the Louis Vuitton SS13 show
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Stella McCartney AW17
Instead of a traditional finale walk, the models at Stella McCartney‘s AW17 presentation closed the show by dancing and singing along to “Faith”, a tribute to the late George Michael.
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Naomi Campbell closed Virgil Abloh’s Off-White SS18 show, a subtle tribute to the late Princess Diana and her power suits.
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Sonia Rykiel AW11
Famed for exuberant finales, Sonia Rykiel‘s AW11 presentation concluded with feather-clad models crowding onto the catwalk en masse.
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Models splashed their way along a beach created in the the Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées for the finale of the SS19 Chanel show, watched from a jetty by creative mastermind Karl Lagerfeld.
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Vivienne Westwood Men’s SS18
Dame Vivienne Westwood was memorably held aloft by an acrobat at the close of the Spring 2018 menswear show.
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Christopher Bailey bid farewell to Burberry with an AW18 show that was a celebration of gay pride—culminating in Cara Delevingne sweeping down the runway in a rainbow cape.
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Dries Van Noten SS15
Rather than have the models walk the runway to close his SS15 show, Dries Van Noten had them recline on a catwalk that had been transformed into a mossy forest floor.
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Louis Vuitton Men’s AW18
Kim Jones made an emotional departure as Louis Vuitton’s artistic director for menswear flanked by Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell at the close of the AW18 show.
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Clever technology saw the models appear behind a curtain of rain at the Kenzo SS14 show.
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Christian Dior SS98
John Galliano staged a famously lavish spectacle at the Opera Garnier in Paris for Christian Dior‘s SS98 couture show.
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Chanel Haute Couture SS08
Devon Aoki closed the SS08 Chanel couture show as the bride, hand in hand with Karl Lagerfeld.
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Michael Kors SS17
Rufus Wainwright performed for an audience of editors and celebrities at Michael Kors SS17 runway show.
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To mark the 20th anniversary of her brother’s death, Donatella Versace assembled original ’90s supermodels Carla Bruni, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford and Helena Christensen for a tribute that set the Internet alight.