Swoon! The Best Chanel Runway Shows of All Time

The magic of a well-crafted runway show doesn't lie solely in the clothes. Everything from the location to the lighting to the props all deeply enhance the experience of what the brand and designer want to convey for the collection. From the moment the first model steps into the spotlight to when the designer takes their final bow, the experience is perhaps most important. Taking this and the beginning of Paris Fashion Week into consideration, we couldn't help but ogle over the vast archive of Chanel's glorious runway sets, and are excited to present our 11 favourites. Dream on!

S/S 14

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The Theme: Art Show

Fun Fact: The pieces were designed and drawn by Karl Lagerfeld, and finished by his studio.

Couture F/W 13

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The Theme: Crumbling Theatre Meets Futuristic City

Fun Fact: An eery phonograph's recordings played before the show began, adding to the post-apocalyptic feel of it all.

Pre-Fall 12

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The Theme: Bombay

Fun Fact: The front row sat at the Maharaja's table.

S/S 12

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The Theme: Underwater

Fun Fact: Florence Welch performed to the audience within a giant seashell.

S/S 10

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The Theme: Barnyard

Fun Fact: Karl Lagerfeld spent part of his childhood on a farm.

S/S 09

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The Theme: 31 Rue Cambon

Fun Fact: The storefront was recreated to scale, and the invitations were made to look exactly like the set.

Couture S/S 15

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The Theme: Garden

Fun Fact: It took 6 months to make the 300 flowers on set

F/W 14

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The Theme: Supermarket

Fun Fact: Over 500 actual supermarket products were repackaged and relabeled for the supermarket set.

F/W 12

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The Theme: Crystals

Fun Fact: The models wore strips of crystal in their eyebrows.

F/W 08

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The Theme: Carousel

Fun Fact: It actually spun!

F/W 10

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The Theme: Iceberg

Fun Fact: The iceberg was flown in from Sweden, and took 35 sculptors from around the world six days to perfect the shape.


Which show is your favourite? Share your thoughts in the comments!