Many of the looks from the Fall 2012 Couture runways provided inspiration—albeit in the form of fantasy—for fashion-forward brides who have a flair for drama. Here, a look at our favorite wedding-worthy gowns from the likes of Chanel, Elie Saab and Christian Dior.


Ruffles! That was the key takeaway from designer Giambattista Valli's third couture collection, which showed voluminous variations on frenzied, swirling layers of raw-edged organza. Ruffles at the shoulder. Ruffles along the hem. Ruffles as skirts. Ruffles as tops. Ruffles—if this one-shouldered, heavenly pink gown is any indication—as wedding dresses may not be far behind.

Gown by Giambattista Valli

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Photo: Fairchild Archive

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