The Most Over-the-Top, Insanely Gorgeous Dresses from Paris Couture Week

Because it's Monday.

There ain't no cure like couture, and as we mourn the end of another summer weekend, we're kick-starting our Monday with the unapologetically over-the-top gowns that Paris Haute Couture Week had to offer. From the mind-boggling dress made of picture frames to the star-spangled bride, you won't believe your eyes.

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Viktor & Rolf

The Dutch fashion designers did the impossible—they created gowns out of broken picture frames for many of their designs, including this mesmerizing asymmetrical print two-in-one dress.

Maison Margiela

As he continues to cultivate his aesthetic at Margiela, John Galliano made a tongue-in-cheek statement with this floaty, down comforteresque white number and headpiece.

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Versace

The ultimate homage to A Midsummer Night's Dream, Donatella Versace turned on the ethereal charm with this soft blue, ruffled strapless gown featuring a sexy slit.

Elie Saab

Saab blessed the runway with his Midas touch by showing off this full-on gold ball gown with intricate embroidery and a matching veil—a look straight out of a fairy tale.

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Giambattista Valli

Inspired by '60s icons Talitha Pol and Syd Barrett, the Italian designer delivered this larger-than-life gown with a bloom-embroidered top and mega-volume orange organza ball skirt.

Chanel

For a casino-inspired collection, Karl Lagerfeld showed off his showmanship amidst the roulette tables with this gold and white feathered confection.

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Jean Paul Gaultier

An ode to folkloric Breton, Gaultier closed the show with this textured fur number boasting one ultra-exaggerated silhouette, as well as a traditional headpiece.

Zuhair Murad

Ending his show on a bridal high note, Murad took blushing bride to the next level with this star-spangled, enhanced-waist gown and billowy veil.

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Stéphane Rolland

The '80s are back in a big way,with no better indication than Rolland's plunging white body-con number with a huge, MOMA-worthy shiny gold shoulder piece.

Franck Sorbier

Always one for drama, Sorbier brings a fairy princess to life with this frothy white gown and high-neck cape.

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