When you think of fashion, your mind normally goes to luxurious fabrics, high end designers, and nothing but poise and elegance. And while that’s true most of the time, there have also been a few occasions during the last few years where fashion basically took a plunge off the deep end. For better or for worse, here we have compiled what in our opinion, are the top 3 craziest moments in fashion.
Rick Owens Peek-A-Boo Runway Show
In 2015, for his men’s Fall-Winter runway campaign, Rick Owens decided to send something down the catwalk that would be in everyone’s mouth for the rest of the season (at least). In a surprising twist, the fashion King of Kink, decided to objectify the male form by sending his male models out wearing clothing with strategically placed cut-outs and openings that showcased their genitalia. About the decision, Owens said “Nudity is the most simple and primal gesture – it packs a punch. It’s powerful. It’s a straight world now. It says something about being independent. Who else can really get away with this stuff? It’s a corporate world! This was our private moment.”
Alexander McQueen Human Canvas
Shalom Harlow was the model that ended up being at the front and center of what became one of the most awe worthy moments in fashion history. During the presentation of McQueen’s 1999 collection, Shalom was set in the middle of the runway atop a rotating platform and wearing a beautiful white dress. The lights dimmed, and two strategically placed robot arms began to spray paint the rotating models dress in neon yellow and deep black, creating a breathtaking mix of technology and fashion in a never before seen art performance. It’s things like these that made McQueen the legend he is today, and his death such a huge lost for art and fashion alike.
Jean Paul Gaultier and Madonna
Almost 25 year ago, Madonna assisted Gaultier in shocking the fashion world (and the world in general) when she walked down the runway for his show wearing high waisted trousers, suspenders, and absolutely nothing else. It was 1992, so imagine the public’s reaction when out came the Queen of Pop baring her breasts loud and proud; it was ground-breaking. Fashion critics said Gaultier had a valid point in doing what he did, “During the ancient régime, for a man to show his legs was a sign of phallic power; for Madonna to expose her breasts in a Gaultier-designed cone bra proclaims feminine power”.