Comprehensively summing up Karl Lagerfeld's legacy is a near-impossible task for a single article. His creative reach spanned far and wide, leaving few stones unturned during his tenure at Chanel, but no mark was made quite like the one he left with his Chanel brides.
His Haute Couture Brides have known no bounds. His muses, shifting throughout the years, swathed in taffeta and tulle, donning metre-long trains, razor-sharp tailoring, floral lace appliqués and veiled headgear only Lagerfeld could dream up, all used to make points about marriage equality, theatre, showmanship, identity, and beauty.
There was Claudia Schiffer in the feather veil, Shalom Harlow in the Camelia cut out; Devon Aoki in the PVC boots, Alek Wek in the Ostrich cape, and who could forget his final Haute Couture bride, Vittoria Ceretti in the bejewelled Maillot? The baton has been passed and Virginie Viard is keeping the tradition alive, to celebrate, these are the most iconic Chanel brides through history.
Natalia Vodianova, Spring 2003.
Linda Evangelista, Autumn Winter 2003.
Devon Aoki, Fall Winter 1999.
Erin Wasson Autumn Winter 2013.
Lindsey Wixson, Fall Winter 2012.
Fall Winter 2017.
Mica Arganaraz, Spring Summer 2016.
Shalom Harlow, Spring Summer 1997.
Siri Tollrod, Fall 2007.
Claudia Schiffer, Spring summer 1995.
Vittoria Ceretti, Spring Summer 2019.
Lily-Rose Depp, Spring Summer 2017.
Lily Cole, Spring Summer 2006.
Cara Delevigne, Spring Summer 2014.
Claudia Schiffer, Fall Winter 1992.
Devon Aoki, Fall Winter 2000.
Kendall Jenner, Fall Winter 2015.
Lola Nicon, Spring Summer 2021.
Margaret Qualley, Fall Winter 2021.