The world of haute couture will likely always remain foreign to most. Those who buy the made-to-measure pieces are surely members of the 1%, and even fewer witnesses appear in the audience of the Paris runway shows. But that air of mystery is part of what makes these stunning creations so special. It also doesn’t hurt that they're literal walking works of art.
So to celebrate the most inventive and absolutely gasp-inducing designs—handmade to perfection inside an atelier over who knows how many hours—we’ve compiled our favorites from spring 2018 ahead. Click on for the most stunning—and most exclusive—looks debuting at the couture shows in Paris this week.