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Celebrating London Fashion Weeks most incredibly glamorous moments in it's 30 plus years.

As the beauty of London Fashion Week SS17 unfolds, adding to the storied tapestry of British design, we spoke to Matthew Butson, Vice President of Getty Images’ Hulton Archive about some of the key moments that have shaped LFW over the years…

‘London Fashion Week began in 1984 and has helped launch the careers of a number of society’s biggest names including Kate Moss, Alexander McQueen as well as Christopher Kane. It’s now rightfully regarded as one of the ‘Big Four’ fashion weeks alongside New York, Milan and Paris, with many of the biggest designers unveiling their latest creations on the LFW catwalk.

‘Getty Images have been capturing the action at LFW since the very beginning. Being an iconic event, we have always had a number of photographers descend upon it, camera in hand, to capture the magic that takes place both on the catwalk as well as behind the scenes through exclusive access. It’s always amazing when you’re able to quite literally put the world on the Front Row or position them as a fly on the wall behind the scenes, showing them moments that they wouldn’t necessarily get to see otherwise.

‘We’ve delved into the Getty Images archive to bring you six glamorous moments from fashion weeks gone by. From Naomi Campbell smoking backstage at Matthew Williamson’s S/S ’99 show, to Princess Diana’s frequent appearances, one thing is certainly clear: London always produces show-stopping moments.’

‘The first image is of arguably two of the most famous faces in London Fashion Week’s history, Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell, who have been friends for the best part of 25 years. This is an early portrayal of their friendship, taken in 1991 at the London Fashion Week Designer of the Year Awards at London’s Natural History Museum, when Kate was 17 and Naomi was 21.’

Scroll on to see more of the most glamorous LFW moments ever captured…

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