Red Carpet Dresses
Red carpet worthy ball gowns and long evening dresses for every glittering a-list moment.
Winning the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1955 for her role in The Country Girl, Grace Kelly arguably wore the most iconic evening dress in Oscar history – a bold statement we know. Teaming the icy blue dress by designer Edith Head with long white gloves, her look is forever classic, just like her.
One thing’s for sure, when Cher is attending an event, all eyes are on her. And the 1987 Oscar ceremony was no exception. This weird and wonderful art deco-inspired creation by Bob Mackie makes for one of her most iconic and outlandish red carpet dresses to date. Bravo, Cher.
Girl-of-the-moment Uma Thurman kept things simple in a long lilac evening dress by Prada as she accompanied her father to the 1995 Oscars, where she was nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Quentin Tarantino's equally iconic Pulp Fiction.
Forgoing her previous gothic inclination, Angelina slipped into something a little more svelte and glamourous for the 76th Academy Awards in 20014. Opting for a plunging satin floor-length gown by Marc Bouwer, and matching wrap, her classic looked provided more than a nod to old Hollywood icons.
Queen of grunge Courtney Love shed her usual rock ‘n’ roll attire for pure glamour for the 1997 Oscars ceremony. Wearing a white floor-length gown by Versace, heels and a sleek bob hairstyle, this made for one of our favourite ever red carpet moments. You just don’t know what she’ll do next.
For better, or worse, Bjork's infamous swan dress is unforgettable. The Icelandic singer stepped onto the red carpet at the 2001 Oscars draped in a fake bird, complete with full tutu skirt and 20s inspired shoes. For her braveness and originality, this dress will go down in red carpet history.
Singer Jennifer Lopez set the sea of camera bulbs flashing when she arrived at the 2000 Grammy awards in this risqué and ever so mermaid inspired evening dress. The plunging Versace gown is forever referenced as J-Lo’s most iconic dress moment and earns her a solid place in our Best Red Carpet Gowns gallery.
Picking up an Oscar for Best Actress in 2004 for her role in Monster, Charlize Theron proved that simple is always a winning look. The glistening Gucci gown dropped to the floor and draped into a sumptuous train behind her, revealing a beautiful plunging back. Her golden skin and hair, completed the look to perfection.
British actress Emily Blunt takes the heavy metal dress trend to whole new levels in this Prada evening dress. Taking to the red carpet at the 2015 film premiere of Sicario, Emily let the dress steal the show by keeping her hair off her face and her make-up simple. We love the red and pink colour clash too – just mesmerising.
This was the ultimate red carpet moment for Angelina. With partner Brad Pitt by her side, she oozed confidence in a black Atelier Versace gown, Salvatore Ferragamo heels at the 2012 Oscars. In the LBD office we quite simply refer to it as the ‘THAT dress’. A true red carpet fashion moment.
Kirsten might be a bit of a tomboy but she sure is a red carpet regular and always makes sure she dresses accordingly. For the 2013 Oscars she stepped out in this ethereal Reem Acra evening dress and totally stole the show. Now? She’s the face of Chanel. Good work, K-Stew!
At the height of her fame, Sienna Miller proved her style credentials once more in this beautiful black Dior gown with a low-slung back at the BAFTAs in 2008. It expressed her glamourous yet bohemian tendencies to perfection and we must admit, Sienna never gets it wrong.
Supermodel Kate Moss is no stranger to the red carpet, looking effortless and glamourous each and every time. But it was this gold satin vintage Christian Dior gown that she wore to The Golden Age of Couture VIP Gala at the V&A Museum in 2007 that stands out to us the most. She must have roped in a favour to get her style maven mitts on this number – well done, Kate!
The already award-winning Hilary Swank collected another gong for Best Actress at the 2005 Academy Awards wearing a quite surprising Guy Laroche evening dress. Turning around on the red carpet in the seemingly conservative midnight blue number revealed a daringly low back – quite possibly the lowest we’ve ever seen! We applaud not only her achievement but her fearlessness.
Actress on the rise, Rooney Mara, ditched her signature black for an angelic white Givenchy Couture ball gown for the 2012 Oscars. Almost matching her heavenly crimson skin, Mara clashed it with an edgy ‘do and red lipstick. We always anticipate her arrival on the red carpet and she never lets us down, this girl is a future icon – you heard it here first!
EE Rising Star and 12 Years a Slave actress Lupita, has become a red carpet one-to-watch. Always bold and fearless, it was this green encrusted Gucci evening dress that she wore to the 68th Cannes Film Festival in 2015 that really caught our attention. What’s more, we think her best is still yet to come…
Oh hello again January. The beautiful actress earns herself another spot in our Best Red Carpet Gowns gallery for this powerful fuchsia Armani Privé dress she wore to the 2008 Screen Actors Guild Awards in LA. It’s always a bold move to clash with the red carpet, but we think she totally pulled it off.
Admittedly, Kate always looks rather flawless, but this Atelier Versace white halter-neck dress with stunning embellishment detail that she wore to the 2015 Golden Globe Awards was a resounding office favourite. She just knows how to dress her lithe and toned body.
Okay we have a bit of soft spot for her, but Kate Hudson just nails red carpet glamour every time. Especially this time at Glamour Women of the Year Awards in 2015 wearing a plunging and beautifully bronze pleated evening dress by J Mendel. The length balances out the plunging neckline and the up-do keeps in classic.
No stranger to the red carpet, actress Halle Berry shone at the 2013 Oscars. Wearing a structured Versace floor-length gown that was absolutely covered in sequins, our favourite detail had to be the body contouring lines – simply stunning and without doubt earns herself a place in our Best Red Carpet Gowns gallery.
Unafraid of all-out glam, Beyoncé always brings it when there’s a red carpet involved. And the 2014 VMAs was no exception. Stepping out in a laced cut-away Nicolas Jebran long evening dress, paired with flawless hair and make-up and chandelier earrings, this is one of our favourite glittering Beyoncé fashion moments.
American actress Sandra Bullock is a red carpet regular but her standout appearance was for the shining metallic Marchesa dress she wore to the 2010 Oscars. The complete top-to-toe outfit was awards ceremony glamour at its best.
Digging deep into the Catherine Zeta-Jones red carpet archive we remembered this glorious green Monique Lhuillier number that she wore to the 2011 Golden Globes – what a dress! The unusually textured material just has us completely entranced.
This A-list actress always pulls out all the stops for her every red carpet appearance. This standout monochrome ball gown worn to the 2007 Baftas was a classic style moment for Penelope. But we don’t think she knows anything else!
A true modern day style icon, Diane Kruger never puts a stylish foot wrong. We always hold out for her flawless red carpet choices and she never disappoints. It was difficult to pick just one dress of hers so we’ve opted for a definitive Diane red carpet outfit - the simple sparkling dress by Emilia Wickstead that she wore to the 2015 Golden Globes. Classic Diane.
Michelle Williams' 2006 Oscars dress divided opinion amongst press, making both the worst-dressed and best-dressed lists from the night. The Vera Wang canary yellow evening dress was admittedly a bold colour choice for the blonde actress but it is exactly this controversy that has earned her a place in our gallery – we loved it Michelle! There’s nothing wrong with a bit of colour.
Unable to pick just one defining red carpet moment, Penelope features in our gallery twice – we just couldn’t help it! Let’s all take a moment to fully appreciate the beauty of the divine Oscar De La Renta evening gown she wore to the 77th Academy Awards. A full-length, pastel yellow satin dress complete with bow may be too much for some people, but not for her.
The L’Oreal Ambassador and muse of fashion designer Tom Ford, Julianne Moore, never seems to have a less than fabulous red carpet moment. Wearing Tom Ford (naturally) to the 2016 Golden Globes, she reached a true style peak. We just love the way the dazzling dark blue evening dress compliments her hair and colouring.
Quite simply referred to as that safety pin dress, we all know this one. The black evening dress that catapulted British actress Elizabeth Hurley to fame, almost overnight. The dress in question, worn to the 1994 film premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral, was designed by Versace and has gone down in dress history – who’s to argue? LOOK at it!
Mad Men actress January Jones is a fairly new red carpet attendee but has nailed her every appearance. Our jaws dropped when she stepped out at the 2011 Golden Globes in this bold red Versace number – she totally stole the show, for many reasons! She has been our one-to-watch ever since.
Okay, okay, the pressure got to us but we had to choose another Natalie Portman look. This time it was the cream Dior long-sleeved dress she wore to the 2015 Oscars after party. It was simplicity at its best and cemented her iconic red carpet status. She never lets us down.
Honey-skinned American actress Eva Mendes worked the red carpet at the 2009 Golden Globe Awards in a completely classic Christian Dior dress. The contrasting white evening dress with the turquoise necklace makes this one of our favourite red carpet outfits of all. Now that’s a statement.
Young Hollywood actress, Dakota Fanning, made her first big red carpet appearance at the 70th Venice International Film Festival for her role in Night Moves. And she definitely didn’t hold back in this statement-making black ball gown. We foresee some great red carpet style moments for her…
She may be a fairly new face to the film industry but her style status was truly cemented with this amazingly beaded Prada evening dress. Attending the 82nd Annual Academy Awards, Carey balanced feminine and edgy with aplomb. A future fashion icon.
Riding the wave of her recent transformation, actress Demi Moore took to the 2010 Annual Academy Awards wearing a stunning ruffled nude-hued evening dress. Complimenting her complexion to perfection, whilst keeping her hair and make-up simple, was a winning look for her.
Fashion darling Chloe Sevigny always pushes the boundaries and makes a style statement, and for that, we love her. The cult actress chose a beautifully pale lilac gown by Valentino for her appearance on the 2010 Golden Globe red carpet. A memorable and romantic moment for her, we love!
Outstanding Homeland actress Claire Danes repeatedly makes remarkable red carpet moments but it was this bold evening dress she donned to the 2015 Emmy awards that well and truly stands out. Chain detail, sequinned, striped – a trio of delights.
Renowned actress Kate Winslet is a red carpet pro. She knows what suits her, and it definitely shows! Never getting it wrong, she chose a floor-length Elie Saab gown for her appearance at the 2011 Emmy’s. Red it totally her colour, work it Kate.
Eva strikes again. We have to applaud anyone who braves bright yellow, but Eva just pulls off this Bill Blass gown so effortlessly. No jewellery, hair up, hands in pockets. A defining dress for the premiere of her role in the 2008 ‘The Spirit’.
No list of Best Red Carpet Gowns is complete without Audrey Hepburn. She is the epitome of red carpet glamour, after all, she basically invented it. Nominated for her role in Sabrina, Audrey attended the 1955 Bafta Awards wearing a timeless dress in a classically 50s silhouette. She set the red carpet bar high.
For us, actress Marion Cotillard holds the award for the most consistent best dressed red carpet attendee. She just always gets it right (maybe it’s because she’s French?). For the 2013 Baftas she sported a bright yellow Christian Dior dress, a simple but alluring dress that well and truly earned her a place in our gallery. Trés bién, Marion!
Gwyneth was thinking pink for her appearance at the 1999 Oscars. Donning a simple but rather big Ralph Lauren ball gown, most remember this night for her acceptance speech, which has gone down in history as one of the worst acceptance speech in Oscar history. But not us, we’ll always remember the dress. You’re welcome, Gwynnie.
Taking her Best Actress nomination at the 2015 Oscars seriously, Felicity Jones, donned a fairytale worthy Alexander McQueen gown. And who can blame her? It was her time to shine. We totally would.
Every appearance Cate makes on the red carpet, in our opinion, is spectacular. The amazing Carol actress features in our gallery for the rose quartz coloured Givenchy evening dress she wore to the 2016 Golden Globe Awards. Simply beautiful.
A few career defining roles later and Jessica Chastain reveals her red carpet prowess at the 2015 Golden Globes. We love this bronzed, plunging dress by Versace for the way it suits her hair and colouring so sublimely. A red carpet star in the making.
The 2014 Oscars was an important event for Anne Hathaway as she was nominated for Best Actress. So the pressure was on, but gosh did she prevail! Anne chose this black and silver embellished dress by Gucci for this big moment and we think it was a very sophisticated option.
We had to make way for this one evening gown. Collecting her gong for best Actress at the 85th Annual Academy Awards, Jennifer Lawrence absolutely and undoubtedly stole the show in this pale pink Christian Dior dress. Perfectly accessorised here with her award, of course.
Future fashion icon, Marion, enters our gallery of Best Red Carpet Gowns again. This time for the Christian Dior evening dress she wore to the 2015 Oscar Awards in LA. And believe us, with her back catalogue of strong red carpet looks – choosing just two was very difficult indeed!
Actress and face of Dior, Natalie Portman, never gets her red carpet dresses wrong and we applaud her faultless track record. So it was hard making a decision, but it ultimately came down to the unbelievably classic white Christian Dior gown she donned for the Dark World premiere in 2013. It’s like something straight out of a fairy-tale, swoon.
The first Australian actress to win an Academy Award for Best Actress, the 2003 Oscars was Nicole Kidman’s ultimate time to shine. Collecting her accolade for her role in The Hours, Nicole chose a black vintage Jean Paul Gaultier gown. A timeless evening dress for a very memorable career moment, good choices Nicole.
Ultimate model Linda Evangelista paraded onto the red carpet at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival wearing one of the most decadent gold embellished Lanvin evening dresses we think we have ever seen. A defining red carpet moment for her, and for us.
Always fashion forward, Emma Stone’s custom Lanvin jumpsuit at the 2015 Golden Globes made her the stand-out actress of the night. Showing what can happen when the stylist thinks outside the box, stylist Petra Flannery quickly moved up on best stylist lists everywhere.
Beautiful model Cindy Crawford accompanied her then partner Richard Gere to the 1991 Oscars wearing the most daring and sexy Versace dress ever. Sorry, Richard who?
Gorgeous actress Rachel Weisz chose this
stunning molten gold Vera Wang dress to wear
to the 2007 Academy Awards. We marvel at its simple beauty!