Looking Back at the Most Iconic Bridal Moments From the ’90s Runways

By Anny Choi

The Spring/Summer 2021 fashion shows are in full swing right now—most virtual and some in-person (but socially distanced, of course). It’s the collections like we’ve never seen it before. And while new inspiration is always thrilling, we wanted to take a second to look back at a simpler time. Here, we’ve put together a list of iconic bridal fashion show moments from our favorite decade—the ’90s. Because if quarantine has taught us anything, it’s that we all need to take time to pause, look back, and reflect every now and then. 


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Kate Moss, Versace Fall 1996

Probably one of the most referenced beauty looks ever, this Versace Haute Couture finale looks is definitely an all-time favorite when it comes to ’90s bridal inspo. Kate Moss closed the show in a glamorous zip front mini dress and an encrusted headband that reminds us of the moment when Jenny Humphrey was appointed Queen B in Gossip Girl. From the early aughts headband trend to the most recent craze, you now know who started it all.

Jennifer Noble, Oscar de la Renta 1991

Say hello to this unconventional bride in pink! The bubble skirt with the veil tucked in is another finale look to remember. Known for his timeless eveningwear and feminine silhouettes, Oscar de la Renta still stands at the top when it comes to bridal. He designed Amal Clooney’s wedding dress after all. Save this bubblegum pink number on your board for your after-party or for your backyard garden ceremony.

Claudia Schiffer, Chanel Couture 1995

If we had to pick one designer responsible for sending some of the most iconic bridal looks down the runway, it would have to be Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel. From the 90s up until his last show for Chanel, Karl always had a fashion bride by his side. Feeling like a maximalist bride? Take a cue from Claudia Schiffer’s wedding dress adorned with feathers and ruffles!

Naomi Campbell, Atelier Versace 1997

This is a show definitely worth looking back at and was Gianni Versace’s very last before his tragic death. A museum worthy look, literally displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2018, was one of Versace’s most wonderful creations. When Vogue and the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute celebrated the exhibition Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination on the first Monday of May, we couldn’t help but take note of this sequin number—it’s the ultimate after-party dress.

Kate Moss, Chanel SS 1993

Here comes the bride…in her feathered headpiece?! For the finale of his Spring 1993 show, Karl Lagerfled sent down “a parade of cool virginal white summer dresses.” From an eyelet cotton look to a cheeky two-piece set fit for any modern bride, these finale looks are worth another look. Our favorite? The kooky headpiece worn by Kate Moss. Why not top it off with a statement accessory? It’s your big day after all!

Devon Aoki, Chanel Haute Couture Spring 2000

Another Chanel bride for the win! A true ’90s icon, Devon Aoki closed the show in her feathery frock at Chanel’s Spring 2000 Couture debut. Who knew a winter bride could be so chic? Accessorize with a cape and opt for a statement making dress–with sleeves of course–for a memorable “I do” moment in the snow.

Claudia Schiffer, YSL Spring Summer 1997

For those in search of the perfect rehearsal dinner option, look no further than Yves Saint Laurent’s 1997 Spring Summer finale look. A bride nonetheless, but in a unique floral high-low gown and a hat–it’s an unforgettable look even by today’s standards. Think outside the box with bridal florals and unconventional accessories.