Model Natalie Ludwig Makes Her Paris Haute Couture Debut

Follow the rising star as she walks for Elie Saab, Valentino, and J. Mendel.

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20-year-old Dartmouth student Natalie Ludwig was scouted at age 13, but she only just made her couture debut this season.
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Her journey began in New York, on Air France flight in the La Première cabin–nonstop to Charles de Gaulle, and ended in Paris, walking for Elie Saab, Valentino, and J. Mendel. Follow along.

On her first day in Paris, Ludwig stops for a quick espresso before beginning her day of castings and fittings.
Ludwig gathers her portfolio outside of Dior.
The up-and-coming model wore head-to-toe black while on go-sees with casting directors.
Mixing business with pleasure. Ludwig makes time for a bit of sightseeing in Paris, at one of the city’s beautiful bridges.
Time for the show. Ludwig makes her couture debut at Valentino Haute Couture, co-Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri’s last collection for the fashion house.
Backstage beauty. A close up moment of the model backstage at Elie Saab Couture.
It’s go time! Ludwig takes a deep breathe before hitting the runway at J. Mendel.
And that’s a wrap. After a busy week of travel, castings, and runway shows, Ludwig heads to Italy for her next show: Dolce & Gabbana.
A moment of relaxation: Natalie prepares for her flight with a massage and Biologique Recherche rejuvenating treatment in the Relaxation Room of Air France’s La Première Lounge in the Charles de Gaulle airport.