Adut Akech Becomes the Second Black Chanel Haute Couture Bride in the House's History

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The most exclusive shows debut during Couture Week, catering to the most affluent customers in the world because of its affinity for red carpet and weddings.  As a tradition, most shows close with the most climactic piece of the collection: the wedding dress.  In 2004, Alek Wek became the first Black model to turn Chanel's Haute Couture runway into a wedding aisle.  Over a decade later, Adut Akech (also of Sudanese ancestry) became the brand's second Black bride in the House's history.  She sauntered down the runway yesterday in an unconventional wedding option, a pistachio-hued set featuring an embellished collar and sleeves equipped with a matching veil and monochrome boots. "There is no amount of words that can express what this moment means to me," read Akech's Instagram post commemorating the moment. "Cannot believe I just made history by being Chanel’s second black couture bride, this is one of my most proudest achievements!!!"  

 Alek Wek as the bride at the Chanel Haute Couture Spring 2004 show.

Alek Wek as the bride at the Chanel Haute Couture Spring 2004 show.

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