Red Carpet Dress styles can vary through the years. While fashions come and go, there are some red carpet dress styles that become entrenched in history. These are the dresses that when mentioned, most people will have some idea of what you’re talking about. Not all of the dresses are necessarily good taste either, with some red carpet dress fashions being quite controversial. These are a few outfits that have cemented themselves as some of the most iconic red carpet looks.
1 Gwyneth Paltrow in Ralph Lauren
Gwyneth Paltrow worth this pink Ralph Lauren gown to the Oscars in 1999. It was also the year that she won an Oscar for her role in the movie ‘Shakespeare in Love’. Her light pink dress was elegant and sophisticated, and was so popular that it was even credited with bringing the colour pink back in fashion.
2 Julia Roberts in Vintage Valentino
This iconic red carpet dress just shoes that you don’t need the bells and whistles to create a fashion moment. The black and white vintage Valentino gown that Julia wore to the 2011 Oscars has proved to be quite timeless.
3 Keira Knightley in Vera Wang
A good red carpet dress should always cause a bit of a stir. This dramatic burgundy coloured Vera Wang dress that Keira wore to the 2006 Oscars was bound to get her noticed. Her entire outfit harked back to old Hollywood Glamour.
4 Elizabeth Hurley in Versace
Better known as the ‘safety pin dress’ this dress has been voted as the most iconic red carpet dress. Elizabeth Hurley wore the dress to the premiere of the ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ movie in 1994. While it wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea, it sure did get people talking.
5 Cate Blanchette in Valentino
Cate Blanchette wore this pale yellow Valentino gown to the Oscars in 2005. This one shouldered creation was offset by a wide burgundy waist sash. In true star style, Cate made sure that she was the only one to be dressed in Valentino that particular year.
6 Halle Berry in Elie Saab
Halle Berry wore this eye-catching Elie Saab dress to the Oscars in 2002, where she also won an Oscar for her role in ‘Monster’s Ball’. The sheer, floral embroidered dress was unlike anything that had been seen on the red carpet before.
7 Jennifer Lopez in Versace
Who could forget the red carpet dress that Jennifer Lopez wore to the 2000 Grammy Awards. The green Versace dress had an extreme plunging neckline which was sure to set tongues wagging. This dress also set the bar for more revealing red carpet fashion.
8 Bjork in Marjan Pejoski
Better known as the ‘swan dress’, this ensemble caused quite a stir. Some people loved the fun nature of the dress while others were simply baffled. The Icelandic singer is known for her quirky nature, and this red carpet dress that she wore to the 2001 Oscar’s cemented her in red carpet history.
These are just a few iconic red carpet looks. From the timeless red carpet dress to something more quirky, when celebrities step onto the red carpet they are often aiming to create a fashion moment. What are your favourite red carpet dress moments?