BAFTA Awards: 25 Most Memorable Dresses Of All Time


From Hollywood stars to royals, the British Academy of Film and Arts Awards (BAFTAs) is one of the most glamorous star-studded events of the year. Although the British-based event falls after the Golden Globes and SAG Awards, the BAFTAs still manage to attract a stunning lineup of stars decked out in luxurious garments. From Audrey Hepburn’s white tulle dress to Kate Middleton’s floral off the shoulder number, the BAFTA Awards are definitely a must-see fashion spectacle and have seen some iconic style moments. With that in mind, follow along for 25 of the most memorable BAFTA looks of all time:

25. Kate Middleton — 2018

Kate Middleton rarely attends celebrity red carpet events, but the one that we can typically expect her at is the BAFTAs. Each year she dresses to perfection and 2018 was no exception. We absolutely love this emerald, off-the-shoulder gown with a black sash she wore and how she accessorized with coordinating emerald jewelry.

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24. Jessica Chastain — 2012

Jessica Chastain absolutely dazzled at the 2012 BAFTA awards where she stepped out wearing this floor-length metallic gown. The combination of the silver color with pleats made for a seriously sparkling red carpet moment. We also the criss-cross detailing along the bodice.

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23. Carey Mulligan — 2010

Carey Mulligan wore a dramatic navy gown for the 2010 BAFTA Awards that featured a slight off-the-shoulder neckline and an eye-catching floral print. What really made this look unique and memorable is the layering of a shorter skirt peaking from beneath a full-length sweeping skirt.

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22. Freida Pinto — 2009

Freida Pinto stole the show at the 2009 BAFTA awards where she donned a dreamy pink ruffled gown by Oscar De La Renta. We love that this number was delicate but also highly detailed with all the layering, pleats and tiers of the skirt.

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21. Nicole Kidman — 2003

Nicole Kidman’s tall, statuesque figure can pull off nearly anything! We especially love her 2003 BAFTA look which was a body-skimming slip dress in a sleek off-white color. The dress fit her like a glove and channeled all the old Hollywood vibes.

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20. Emma Stone — 2017

Emma Stone wore a totally unique Chanel look that we loved for the 2017 BAFTA Awards. The ensemble featured intricate silver beading throughout and was layered with matching pants which was unexpected and really made a statement.


19. Marion Cotillard — 2013

No one could forget this sunny yellow look worn by Marion Cotillard on the 2013 BAFTA red carpet. The dress was a flattering column-style cut but featured a dramatic billowing detail on the hip that really brought the red carpet glamour.

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18. Michelle Williams — 2012

Michelle Williams looked as elegant as ever at the 2012 BAFTA awards where she donned a strapless monochrome dress. The sleek ivory and black number featured a simple floral-accented waist, but she dazzled the look up with a silver choker and pop of red on her lips.

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17. Kate Mara — 2018

Kate Mara stepped out at the 2018 BAFTAs in a black number that featured golden beading throughout. The strapless gown was definitely flattering and we love how the pattern shifts at the tiniest part of her waist to highlight her petite frame.


16. Kate Middleton — 2011

One of Kate Middleton’s earliest appearances at the BAFTA awards was in 2011 when she stepped out wearing this floor-sweeping lavender gown. The Alexander McQueen number complimented her sunkissed skin and glossy brunette tresses perfectly.

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15. Audrey Hepburn — 1955

Audrey Hepburn is one of the world’s most iconic style icons, so there’s absolutely no surprise that she has landed on this list! Her white tulle dress from 1955 featured a strapless bodice that showed off her tiny waist and petite figure and flourished into a voluminous skirt. To add her classic elegant style touch, Hepburn donned a pair of crisp white gloves as her accessory.

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14. Alicia Silverstone — 2004

Alicia Silverstone took the 2004 BAFTA red carpet in a sleek red number that definitely turned heads. The scarlet garment hugged her curves perfectly and the luxurious silk texture was highly flattering. We love that Silverstone opted to wear this look with an invisible-style shoe which made her legs appear extra long as they peaked out from the thigh-high slit.

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13. Penelope Cruz — 2007

Penelope Cruz is such a natural beauty that she would look jaw-dropping even in the most simple gown, but this particular embroidered number she wore to the BAFTAs in 2007 definitely stood out as one of the most memorable. Sometimes embroidery can come across distasteful and tacky on the red carpet, but Cruz’s number had the perfect touch of embroidery to be feminine and unique. We love the contrast of the dark navy with white and her gunmetal smokey eye paired flawlessly with the look.

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12. Emily Blunt — 2008

Emily Blunt took the 2008 BAFTA awards in head to toe sparkle and we were absolutely floored! The mint color is one that doesn’t often make it to the red carpet, but we think the color is striking on Blunt and compliments her light eyes flawlessly. The one-shoulder number was ultra sleek and the elegant updo she wore was definitely a nice touch to allow the shimmering details of the dress to steal the show.

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11. Keira Knightley — 2008

Keira Knightley looked as classy as it gets when she stepped out at the BAFTA awards in 2008! Her look featured a tiered, cupcake-style shape that was encrusted with glitter and beading throughout. Typically these tiered looks can come off a little unflattering, but this particular silver number was absolutely stunning on Knightley! The tiers were structured and slim which made the entire look come across quite sleek and delicate.

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10. Kate Hudson — 2008

Full glitter gowns either have the potential to stun or fall flat, and Kate Hudson’s take on the trend in 2008 was definitely a huge win! She absolutely dazzled on the BAFTA red carpet and the chunky beading and metallic detailing definitely put all eyes on her. The golden Christian Dior sheath dress was the perfect complement to her starring role in Fool’s Gold at the time.

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9. Jessica Chastain — 2013

Jessica Chastain was an absolute vision at the 2013 BAFTA awards when she stepped out in this chic Roland Mouret gown. The rich jewel tone of her dress was the perfect choice since it provided a nice contrast to her flame-red locks. One of the most interesting features of the gown was the asymmetrical, sharp neckline which added an air of sophistication and elegance.

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8. Lupita Nyong’o — 2014

Lupita Nyong’o absolutely wowed at the 2014 BAFTA awards when she stepped out wearing this striking green number. The 2014 event consisted of a mainly black and metallic color scheme, so this Christian Dior number definitely provided the much-needed pop of color on the red carpet. The mermaid-style gown featured a sleek gold belt detail which she paired with matching cuffs for an ultra-polished look.

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7. Angelina Jolie — 2014

No one could possibly forget the 2014 BAFTA’s when Angelina Jolie stepped out matching then-husband Brad Pitt! Jolie took on the masculine chic trend flawlessly and rocked a tuxedo look with the bowtie loose around her neck and buttons undone. The brunette beauty was the epitome of effortless sophistication and proved that it doesn’t always take a floor-skimming gown to turn heads on the red carpet.

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6. Kate Winslet — 2016

Kate Winslet was the picture of Old Hollywood glam when she stepped out on the 2016 BAFTA red carpet. Her look was definitely minimal with the little black dress but also brought the wow factor with the asymmetrical neckline and sharp cutout detailing. For extra romance and flirtiness, Winslet topped the look with sparkling chandelier earrings, an embroidered red clutch, and a bright crimson pout.


5. Cate Blanchett — 2016

Cate Blanchett dazzled at the 2016 BAFTA awards where she donned this intricate Alexander McQueen number. The custom gown featured an embellished top that was a work of art in itself with the colorful beading and sheer cutouts. The dress flourished into a black feathered skirt and the entire look was a huge hit following the event because it was so unique and different.

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4. Dakota Johnson — 2016

The ever stunning Dakota Johnson wowed at the 2016 BAFTA awards when she stepped out in this feminine yet striking red number. The slinky floor-length number featured dainty ruffles throughout and delicate spaghetti straps. The true wow factor of this dress is the bold color — the sultry shade works so well in contrast with all the soft, romantic detailing, which made this undeniably one of the most memorable BAFTA looks.

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3. Alicia Vikander — 2016

Alicia Vikander was drop dead gorgeous at the 2016 BAFTA awards in this sleek black number. The custom-made leather garment was designed by French fashion house Louis Vuitton and featured a contrasting leather and glitter paneling that definitely turned heads. Vikander is so naturally stunning that she can make anything work, but this sultry black number was undeniably one of her most memorable and unique looks!


2. Julia Stiles — 2017

Julia Stiles was an absolute bombshell at the 2017 BAFTA awards where she wore a long-sleeved lavender number designed by Maria Korovilas. We love that this gown featured a nice balance of soft and sultry by combining the deep V neckline with the dainty floral embroidery and sheer sleeves. Stiles let her hair fall in wispy pieces around her face and kept her makeup natural and glowy.

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1. Kate Middleton — 2017

Of all the stunning BAFTA fashion moments, Kate Middleton’s black off the shoulder number would have to be the most memorable! The garment featured a sleek shape and subtle tiered skirt which added volume and glamour to her look. We love that the floral detailing increases in size as it trails the length of the skirt to really add the drama and red carpet glitz.

Olivia Di Pede

Olivia Di Pede

Olivia loves all things fashion, beauty, and entertainment. In her free time, she can be found taking yoga classes, reading thriller novels, and styling outfits on Instagram.