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.

What the press said:

http://www.dazeddigital.com/fashion/article/23336/1/models-bare-their-penises-at-rick-owens

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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..

What the press said:

http://stylecaster.com/fendi-fur-runway/

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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.

What the press said:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/celebritynews/2187398/Vivienne-Westwoods-gypsy-show-criticised.html

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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.

What the press said:

http://www.f-t.com.au/blog/tsubi-2001-rats-video/

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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.

What the press said:

http://www.cambio.com/videos/...news/alexander-mcqueena-s-golden-shower-collection--517985822/

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ALEXANDER WANG SS15

What:

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

What the press are saying:

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/fashion-week-watchers-dreading-brooklyn-show-article-1.1586988

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