Go Behind the Scenes at Paris Couture Fashion Week with 20+ Exclusive Photos

Elie Saab
Photo: Kevin Tachman

Ah, Paris Haute Couture Week—aka the seven-day marathon of nonstop glamor, princess gowns, and general high fashion glitterati as mega-name designers send their latest masterpieces down the runway.

There’s glitter, there’s floral appliqué, and you can betcha there’s a whole lot of tulle. Tres chic! But remember: That’s just what you see on the catwalk. There’s a whole 'nother world of other happenings going on backstage and beyond (like models goofing off and some seriously last second tailoring). Thanks to award-winning photographer Kevin Tachman, we have the behind-the-scenes shots to prove it.

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Scroll down to see exclusive photos from inside Paris Haute Couture Week.

CHANEL HAUTE COUTURE

Chanel Haute Couture
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At Chanel's Haute Couture show, models walked down the runway wearing black mini veils.

Chanel Haute Couture
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Yara Shahidi poses, one among many chic celebrity guests, wearing Chanel at their Haute Couture show.

Chanel Haute Couture
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Sofia Coppola, a friend of the House of Chanel, enters the Grand Palais, where the Chanel Haute Couture show takes place each season.

Chanel Haute Couture
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A model walks a garden-inspired runway in a sparkling jumpsuit.

GIAMBATTISTA VALLI

Giambattista Valli
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Giambattista Valli's show was filled with the poofy dresses we've come to know and love from the brand.

Giambattista Valli
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Models backstage, energetic in their floral frocks.

Giambattista Valli
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A model floats backstage in a lime green chiffon gown.

Giambattista Valli
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A bright green dress takes over the entire runway at Giambattista Valli.

Giambattista Valli
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A pink tiered gown: the ultimate fairy-tale princess couture dream.

VIKTOR & ROLF

Viktor & Rolf
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Hair and makeup are as important as the dresses during Couture week in Paris. Here, a model from Viktor & Rolf shows off her eye makeup pre-show.

Viktor & Rolf
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Viktor & Rolf proves the design does not stop at the clothing. Headpieces and vibrant makeup were as much a part of the collection as the show-stopping dresses.

Viktor & Rolf
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It's not all serious in Paris. Here, a model is seen smiling as she leaves the runway.

Viktor & Rolf
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A model displays her extravagant headpiece backstage at Viktor & Rolf.

DIOR HAUTE COUTURE

Dior Haute Couture
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At Dior Haute Couture, surrealism reigned.

Dior Haute Couture
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Black and white made up the color scheme at this season's Dior Haute Couture show.

Dior Haute Couture
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Twiggy's eyelashes have nothing on the Dior girls'. Spider lashes were seen on every woman who walked the runway.

Dior Haute Couture
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Mascarade, anyone?

JEAN PAUL GAULTIER

Jean Paul Gaultier
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It's all about the detailing at the Jean Paul Gaultier couture show.

Jean Paul Gaultier
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Nothing says "couture" like the movement of a handmaid dress.

Jean Paul Gaultier
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Coco Rocha MADE fashion week by walking the couture runway with her adorable daughter.

Jean Paul Gaultier
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Winners of the informal competition: Most Fun Couture Backstage Ever.

Jean Paul Gaultier
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Those colors, though.

Jean Paul Gaultier
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Lest we forget about accessories...

Jean Paul Gaultier
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I get by with a little help from my (very well dressed) friends.

ELIE SAAB

Elie Saab
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At Elie Saab, models wore crystal headpieces; a very chic replacement to the wool beanie you've been wearing around this winter.

Elie Saab
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Models gather backstage at Elie Saab.

Elie Saab
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At couture, it's important to look at dresses from all angles.

Elie Saab
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The details in this Elie Saab gown are what couture is all about.

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