15 Most Iconic Red Carpet Dresses Of All Time


Although red carpet events recognize renowned actresses for breaking ground in leading roles and making us cry at all the right moments, these events have also become known for fashion and the stunning gowns often crafted solely for these events. Over the years the red carpet has become a catwalk for designer brands to show off their extravagant creations on the most astounded celebrities. The red carpet has definitely seen it’s fair share of hits and misses when it comes to fashion, but Fame10 is here to share our take on the most iconic dresses in red carpet history. Whether remembered for being outrageous or for cultivating jaw-dropping Hollywood glamour, read below for the 15 most unforgettable red carpet gowns in history to date.

15. Rose Byrne, 2009

The sparkling Valentino gown that Rose Byrne wore to the 2009 Emmys looked absolutely stunning on her! The bodice was encrusted in silver sparkles that scattered throughout the entire skirt and was featured alongside a twist detailing which made the design of this dress ultra flattering. The full skirt and plunging neckline added tons of Hollywood glamour, making this fashion moment stand out as iconic.

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14. Bjork, 2001

How could we forget Bjork’s infamous swan dress from the 2001 Oscars? The Icelandic singer donned a feathered frock by Marjan Pejoski with no shame and this eccentric creation has undeniably landed her on many worst dressed lists over the years. We’ve seen tasteful feathers on dresses throughout red carpet history, but never before had we seen a full blown bird worn as a gown.

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13. Blake Lively, 2014

Blake Lively stunned on the red carpet in a rose gold Gucci gown at the 2014 Met Gala. The entire dress was covered in blush coloured palliates and the unique train hanging from Lively’s shoulders made this dress different than any other glittering gown we’ve seen on the red carpet. The ultra flattering mermaid cut, in addition to her old Hollywood inspired waves, took our breath away as she elegantly graced the red carpet.

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12. Gwyneth Paltrow, 2012

Gwyneth Paltrow looked angelic in a Tom Ford straight cut ivory gown at the 2012 Academy Awards. The simple one-shoulder neckline paired with a classic cape draped gracefully over her shoulders made this dress minimal yet memorably elegant and extremely flattering.

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11. Sandra Bullock, 2010

Sandra Bullock wowed at the 2010 Academy Awards in a slim fit metallic Marchesa gown. The sheer top laced with silver embroidery which flared into a sparkling skirt hugged Bullock’s body perfectly. Her glossy side swept hair paired with magenta pink lipstick made the star look amazing as she was awarded her well-deserved Best Actress trophy.

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10. Jennifer Lopez, 2000

How could we possibly forget J.Lo’s interesting choice of gown at the 2000 Grammys award show? Not only did the Hawaiian-inspired print distract our eyes, but the extremely low cut plunge neckline definitely caught us off guard from the typical red carpet ensemble. Whether you love it or hate it, J.Lo undoubtedly took a huge risk this night in her fashion decision and years later people still remember this emerald green dress as an iconic red carpet moment.

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9. Nina Dobrev, 2011

There’s something about a simple red dress that screams glamour and Nina Dobrev turned heads in this mermaid cut scarlet gown at the 2011 Emmys. Although crimson tends to be a risky colour to wear on the red carpet for the same reason that redheads shy away from wearing the colour, Dobrev undoubtedly stood out this evening with her form-fitting Donna Karan gown.

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8. Olivia Wilde, 2009

The pale purple Reem Acra gown that Olivia Wilde rocked at the 2009 Golden Globes was one of the most flattering dresses in red carpet history. Her dress consisted of intricate layering throughout the bodice and flourished into an extravagant skirt that had texture in all the right places, making this star shine on the red carpet. The lavender colour paired perfectly with the olive undertones of Wilde’s complexion.

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7. Zoe Saldana, 2016

In yet another feathered red carpet moment, the fashion forward diva Zoe Saldana rocked a peacock-inspired gown by Dolce & Gobanna on the Met Gala red carpet in 2016. The dress featured an extremely long train completely covered in brightly coloured feathers against a black lace corset bodice. The feathered gown felt whimsical and fairytale-like and we could not take our eyes off her as she flounced around in this intricate dress on the red carpet.

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6. Kate Hudson, 2003

The detailed chiffon Versace gown that Kate Hudson donned at the 2003 Oscars was simply stunning. This golden dress took 500 hours to create and was intricately crafted with hand-made silk. The small details of this dress are what made the ensemble iconic: mermaid cut, sheer shoulder cuffs and vintage inspired jewels.

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5. Audrey Hepburn, 1954

An iconic dress list wouldn’t be complete without the addition of the woman who single-handedly turned the “little black dress” into an icon. Audrey Hepburn graced the red carpet in 1954 in her usual classy fashion wearing a Hubert de Givenchy white pattered dress that was belted at the waist to flatter her petite frame.

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4. Hilary Swank, 2005

Before the bare-backed dress became mainstream, Hilary Swank strutted her stuff down the red carpet in an extremely low-cut backless Guy Laroche gown that definitely turned heads. The high neck, long sleeved gown was crafted from 27 yards of silk jersey. The simple navy dress was bold yet flattered Swank perfectly at the Academy Awards in 2005 landing her in many best dressed lists for years after.

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3. Nicole Kidman, 1997

Arguably one of the most noted Hollywood dresses in history was Nicole Kidman’s Asian-inspired Christian Dior Couture dress that she wore to the 1997 Oscars. The sleek silhouette, delicate embroidery and golden satin flattered her figure flawlessly and made this dress one of the most elegant in Hollywood history.

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2. Claire Danes, 2016

At the 2016 Met Gala red carpet, Claire Danes made a show-stopping appearance in a powder blue Zac Posen ballgown style dress. The handcrafted gown was created with layered organza and fibre optic lights that allowed the star to quite literally shine in the dark. The high-tech lights threaded delicately throughout the entire gown easily made this one of the most iconic red carpet dresses of all time.

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1. Angelina Jolie, 2012

Of all the memorable red carpet fashion moments, the top pick hands down goes to Angelina Jolie in her structured black Atelier Versace gown at the 84th Academy Awards. She proved once again why she is the ultimate sex symbol with her high-slit dress, red pout and confident pose. This specific gown was so iconic that an entire Twitter account @AngiesRightLeg and countless memes were created to pay tribute to how stunning Jolie looked on the red carpet.

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