As London Fashion Week kicks off, look back at some of the most memorable moments, from Prince’s surprise performance to Victoria Beckham making her debut on the catwalk
Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 1999
At the end of McQueen’s now iconic spring/summer 1999 show, model Shalom Harlow twirled on a revolving wooden platform wearing a white strapless dress. As she circled around slowly, two robots sprayed her with coloured paint. This haunting moment has since gone down as one of the most memorable in fashion show history.
Naomi Campbell takes a tumble
It’s not unusual for models to trip over on the catwalk, but no tumble is as famous as Naomi Campbell falling down while wearing Vivienne Westwood platform shoes back in 1993.
Hussein Chalayan’s coffee table dress
In February 2000, Chalayan transformed chair covers and a coffee table into four dresses and a wooden skirt – in front of a live audience.
Prince performs at the Matthew Williamson show
Matthew Williamson celebrated 10 years in the industry with a little help from Prince, who gave a surprise performance at the designer’s spring/summer 2008 show, much to the delight of the crowd.
Christopher Kane’s CSM graduate show
Christopher Kane was hailed as one of the brightest new talents in the British fashion industry when he made his debut during the Central St. Martins College of Art & Design show in February 2006. His next show was attended by the echelons of the fashion world, a rare and impressive feat for such a young designer.
House of Holland and his fashion rhyming slang
In 2008, Henry Holland debuted his now iconic rhyming slang T-shirts featuring phrases aimed at the fashion set, including “I’ve got more than a handful for Naomi Campbell,” and “Wham Bam Thank You Stam”.
Victoria Beckham models for Maria Grachvogel
Long before she started her career as a fashion designer, Victoria Beckham made headlines at London Fashion Week when she modelled for Maria Grachvogel in February 2000.
Naomi Campbell’s Fashion For Relief
Naomi Campbell’s Fashion For Relief Haiti Fashion Show was nothing short of star-studded. Dressed in Alexander McQueen, Campbell, Kate Moss and Annabelle Neilson opened the show at Somerset House in February 2010.
Cara Delevingne makes her catwalk debut
Cara Delevingne, then just 18, made her catwalk debut for Clements Ribiero back in September 2010.
Princess Diana marks the end of fashion week
Diana, the Princess of Wales, pictured with the Minister of State for Industry, held a reception at Lancaster House to mark the end of London Fashion Week in March 1985.
Stella McCartney recruits Olympians in her show
The adidas by Stella McCartney spring/summer 2009 show featured Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle on the beam and trampolinists somersaulting in the air.
Grace Jones stars in Philip Treacy’s show
Philip Treacy’s spring/summer 2001 show included an appearance from Grace Jones, who danced on the roof of a limousine.
Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell team up for the Fashion Awards
Two of the fashion industry’s most famous faces turned heads the London Fashion Week Designer Of The Year Awards at The Natural History Museum in 1991, when Kate was 17 and Naomi was 21.
From Harper’s Bazaar UK