11 Of The Most Outrageous Moments In Runway History

Chris Moore, the legendary and longstanding runway photographer, has witnessed some of the fashion industry's most memorable moments, from the breathtaking to the bizarre. Having been behind the camera for over 60 years, he's seen the industry change radically, from the emergence of ready-to-wear in the '60s to the Insta-bait extravaganzas of today.

Last year, Moore's website, Catwalking, which documents his archival and contemporary photographs, was translated into a book of the same name, published in collaboration with fashion writer Alexander Fury. If you prefer your fashion history to be immersive, though, pay a visit to the United Kingdom's The Bowes Museum's upcoming exhibition, Catwalking: Fashion Through the Lens of Chris Moore, which opens July 7.

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Alongside Moore's photographs of some of the past century's most magical show moments, you'll be able to walk among the original runway outfits, loaned to the museum by a plethora of leading houses. Analyzing the evolution of fashion, from haute couture to the first supermodel, the exhibition promises to be an enthralling look at an industry in constant flux.

Ahead of the show, we asked Moore to highlight some of his favorite moments in runway history. Click through to see the wildest and most wondrous happenings, captured firsthand by his lens.

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Body Map, Fall/Winter 1985, London
"London Fashion Week in the 1980s showcased a brave generation of talented designers who loved experimenting with presentation. Here, Body Map's show 'Barbie Takes a Trip Around Nature's Cosmic Curves' was choreographed by dance legend Michael Clark, who also models [pictured on the far right]."
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Nadja Auermann modeling for a Thierry Mugler retrospective anniversary show, Fall/Winter 1995, Paris
"Held at the Cirque d'Hiver in Paris, this show was an amazing rush of excitement presented in true Hollywood style. Nadja Auermann — famous for her legs — walked out through dry ice, modeling an over-the-top gold body armor, looking like a Grecian battle princess."
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Jaime King modeling for Alexander McQueen, Spring/Summer 1998, London
"The spring '98 collection was formally 'Untitled,' but is now widely known to be 'The Golden Shower.' For the final section of the show, the models walked on tanks of black ink-stained water to the soundtrack of Jaws. Bathed in a sulfurous light, models were showered with water that transformed the all-white fabrics they were wearing into skin-clinging sheer clothes."
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Isabella Blow front row at Julien Macdonald, Fall/Winter, 1998, London
"Issy Blow would change two or three times a day during London Fashion Week. It was at a Julien Macdonald show that she wore that lobster hat by Erik Halley and was seated next to a fake Michael Jackson. We only learned later that he was a fake — but fake or not, he was still upstaged by Issy’s formidable style."
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Shalom Harlow modeling for Alexander McQueen, Spring/Summer 1999, London
"The robot arms in this sequence of the show felt at first to be sinister and threatening, spraying the innocent white of a childlike dress. Instead, it proved to be a graceful ballet, thanks to Shalom Harlow's engaging performance."
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Hussein Chalayan, Fall/Winter 2000, London
"I loved the shows that Chalayan put on at London’s Sadler's Wells Theatre around the turn of the millennium. He was experimenting and transforming shape and function — we saw him turn chair covers into dresses and a table into a crinoline skirt."
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Wild & Lethal Trash, Spring/Summer 1998, Paris
"Shows by Walter van Beirendonck always had something alternative to offer the photo pack, whether it was line-dancing models, stilt-walking performers, or would-be superheroes. In 1998, it was wartime ballroom dancers complete with gas masks that made us laugh out loud."
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Alexander McQueen, Fall/Winter 2006, Paris
"2006 had been a difficult year for Kate Moss, who, following a highly publicized scandal, was not seen out and about much. Although she often attended McQueen’s shows, the paparazzi were disappointed to not find her in the front row. If she couldn't be there in person, McQueen wanted his friend to be there at least in spirit, and for the show finale, Kate’s ghostly image appeared pirouetting in a hologram video inside a glass pyramid — to the delight of his audience."
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Louis Vuitton, Spring/Summer 2013, Paris
"I have seen some spectacles at fashion shows over the years, but I would never have expected to see a steam train come down a catwalk."
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Pat Cleveland modeling for Thierry Mugler's anniversary show during Paris couture, Fall/Winter 1984, Paris
"At one of Paris Fashion Week's first blockbuster fashion shows, the finale wedding gown was modeled by Pat Cleveland. Styled as the Virgin Madonna, she was lowered from high above on wires onto the catwalk floor to the sound of rousing operatic arias while being showered by a blizzard of pink confetti."
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Chanel, Spring/Summer 2012, Paris
"It has become Karl Lagerfeld’s personal challenge to impress the ever-expanding live audience at Chanel shows. Even by his standard, it was quite a feat to install an entire wind farm under the glass roof of the Grand Palais."
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