The Most Controversial Fashion Shows Of All Time

Fashion really knows no bounds

The fashion industry is not one to avoid pulling attention-grabbing stunts. Each year designers ‘one-up’ each other to get their names on everybody’s lips – ‘it’s a, well-groomed, dog eat dog world out there after all. From rodents on the runway to graphic nudity, here’s a throwback to the runways most daring.

RICK OWENS MENSWEAR ‘SPHINX’ AW15

What: Models go full frontal

Where: Paris

Let’s explain: Rick Owens caused a stir at the Autumn/ Winter 15 Men’s shows as sent models down the catwalk with little to cover their modesty.

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FENDI MENSWEAR AW14

What: The catwalk laden in real goat fur

Let’s explain: PETA would not approve of the fur-centric fashion house’s runway flooring, made entirely of goat fur. Poor goats..

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VIVIENNE WESTWOOD SS09

What: Real Roman Gypsies walk for Dame Vivienne

Let’s explain: Not one to shy from making a scene, Viv skips the modelling agency fees and uses the real deal Roman Gyspies to walk for her Milan menswear show. Gold teeth, chains and all.

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KSUBI SS02

What: 169 Live Rats were let loose on the runway at the Aussie’s debut show

Let’s explain: Well, there were initially 170 rats, but one died on the runway. We’re just glad we weren’t sitting in the front row.

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ALEXANDER MCQUEEN SS98

What: Originally named, “Golden Showers”, this McQueen show was renamed for its pornographic connotations. Do we need to say more?

Let’s Explain: Models were sprayed with water and had yellow lights shone upon them, giving the illusion of, well, a golden shower.

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ALEXANDER WANG SS15

What: Iconic New York brand moves its show to Brooklyn.

Let's explain: “Fashion Week goers dreading Brooklyn commute”, cited NY Daily News, “Alexander Wang May Boat People to his Brooklyn Show” read the headlines of Racked. The bold post-code move for Alexander Wang is the first of many, we predict.

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