When it comes to good old red carpet dresses, men and women are equally drawn to their magic. It’s just something so seducing about their appearance and glam that just makes life seem perfect. Well they just come and go, but there are some dresses that stand the test of time, and this is exactly what we are going to talk about in this post. So here are 10 red carpet dresses that stood the test of time.
1. GWYNETH PALTROW
Gwyneth Paltrow’s girly pink Ralph Lauren gown in 1999 is one of the memorable gowns in Oscar fashion history. It was so diaphane and that candy-like fabric just made you want to touch it over and over again. Cotton-candy, here I come!
But Paltrow didn’t stop there. She hit jackpot again in 2012 in a Tom Ford dress. “This was such a winner. Simple, clean, and elegant, all with a cape!” We definitely agree!
2. NICOLE KIDMAN
Nicole Kidman turned heads on the red carpet at the Oscars in 1997. No, it wasn’t because she was stood next to diminutive Tom Cruise, it was due to her utterly gorgeous gown by John Galliano for Christian Dior. The Asian-inspired shift dress was part of Galliano’s debut couture collection for the French fashion house. Although Kidman’s Chinoiserie chartreuse Galliano for Dior gown seemed jarring to many at the time, the dress changed the course of red carpet fashion. John Galliano had just shown his first couture collection for Dior and people did not yet know what to think of him; Nicole Kidman was married to the world’s biggest movie star and her stamp of approval (she trusted Galliano to create the dress and had little input) not only certified Galliano’s talent, but also made him a world-famous name.
3. UMA THURMAN
The statuesque actress looked feminine and striking in this simple crimson Alberta Ferretti gown, as she attended the 2000 Oscars alongside then-husband Ethan Hawke. He seems proud of her, too, if you look to the picture closely.
4. SHARON STONE
She took her husband’s, Phil Bronstein, shirt and wore it with a Vera Wang skirt at the Academy Awards back in 1998. Stone was extremely stylish wearing that outfit, which made history and is still mentioned in all the red carpet dresses tops.
5. ANGELINA JOLIE
Angelina Jolie literally put her best foot forward in the black Atelier Versace gown she wore to the 84th Academy Awards in 2012. Her high slit dress and telling pose were so iconic that they earned their own Twitter account @AngiesRightLeg.
This was a prefect contrast to another memorable dress she had worn before, a Marc Bouwer creation that she showed off in at the 2004 Academy Awards. The satin white gown perfectly undelined her constrasting personality.
6. GRACE KELLY
Grace Kelly of course looked nothing but classy and gorgeous in her Edith Head gown at the 27th Academy Awards in 1955 when she accepted the Best Actress Oscar for The Country Girl. At the time, it was said to be the most expensive Oscars dress ever made, with the material alone costing $4,000. Head won a record eight Oscars for her costume work throughout her career.
7. CATE BLANCHETT
Actress Cate Blanchett wearing a Galliano dress at the 1999 Academy Awards celebration was memorable and breathtaking. Blanchett wore this avan-garde dress with confidence and style. Cate Blanchett chose to focus the attention on her back with this custom-made knitted and embroidered Galliano number. Its sheer back was delicately embroidered with flowers and a hummingbird, and ever since Blanchett has been a trendsetter.
8. JULIANNE MOORE
Julianne Moore was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for The End Of The Affair at the BAFTAs in 2000, but it was her style choice that really stood out with this bottle green dress and shawl by Lanvin back in 2000.
9. ELIZABETH TAYLOR
Elizabeth Taylor won her first of two Oscars in 1960 for her part in Butterfield 8. She wore an embroidered Christian Dior gown and sported a tracheotomy scar having suffered from a bout of near-fatal pneumonia a few weeks before whilst filming Cleopatra.
10. AUDREY HEPBURN
Audrey Hepburn’s 1954 Oscars dress was originally created by costume designer Edith Head for Hepburn’s character in Roman Holiday (for which the actress won the Oscar), but was adapted by Hubert de Givenchy for the ceremony. It was the first time Hepburn had publicly worn anything by Givenchy, who she later became strongly associated with. Soon after, she requested that it be written into all her contracts that only Givenchy could design her costumes. She reportedly always referred to the gown as her “lucky dress”.