50 of the Most ICONIC Red Carpet Looks EVER Part 3

Today we continue with my 50 of the Most ICONIC Red Carpet Looks EVER list. I did my research. The looks in this list are all based on looks that stars wore on red carpets all over the world. Now while some might think of Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Katherine Hepburn, Rita Hayworth, and Twiggy when they think of iconic fashion moments. That is true, but you won’t find any of them on these lists. If you’re ready to ask me why I have an answer. Mostly their iconic fashion moments all were created for them by the costume designers contracted by the studios they worked for. I wanted to include only the looks that weren’t planned in conjunction with the studio for their impact. They might have been pulled together by high paid stylist, but not in a way that a studio would craft a look for their star based on the image they wanted them to have. Now this look is only ranked from the oldest to the newest and not based on how iconic I think that the look is. The five looks in today’s list are all from the Oscars. Several of the looks in this list are from the Oscars. I think because of how high profile this event is, is why we find so many iconic looks from the event. So let’s get into it.11) Julia Roberts in vintage Valentino at the 2001 Academy Awards: When Julia Roberts won her Oscar for her performance in Erin Brockovich she sparked a movement. It was the first time someone had worn vintage on the Oscars red carpet. By 2001 celebrity stylists were a major thing. The use to the red carpet to promote fashion brands was rising. So while stars were wearing the latest off the runway looks from Paris, Milan, and New York Julia dug into the archives at Valentino picking this black and white column gown with ribbon detail and a beautiful organza train. The gown to me evoked the modern Audrey Hepburn in the white ballgown from Sabrina and it was perfect look for someone to wear to win the highest accolade in their careers. 12) Halle Berry in Elie Saab Couture at the 2002 Academy Awards: Many iconic fashion moments are moments that really make designers a household name. That is what happened in 2002 when Halle Berry won her Academy Award wearing this red Elie Saab Couture gown which features a rose embroidered sheer bodice and a dramatic taffeta skirt with a bustle train. This look was meshing of sexy and glamour. It almost reminds me of what Hollywood wanted Cher to be. It verged on trashy at the time, but really made Elie Saab the go-to designer for red carpets. It made for Halle’s most iconic red carpet look ever. 13) Angelina Jolie in Marc Bouwer at the 2004 Academy Awards: This white silk charmuse custom Marc Bouwer gown with a plunging neckline, twisted waist detail, and a matching shawl is easily the biggest fashion moment for the New York designer. It put him on the map at the time. While he isn’t dressing anyone anymore Marc’s legacy is secure knowing that this look will continue to be live on. This was the first time that Angelina gave us major glamour after living the goth life. She oozed sexy, regal elegance. It wasn’t a boundary pushing gown, but just one that solidified Angie as one of the most glamorous women on the red carpet. She looked like she stepped out of the 30’s and onto a modern red carpet. Also, I loved that she styled this simple gown with that major H. Stern necklace and the very simple hair and make-up. 14) Charlize Theron in Gucci by Tom Ford at the 2004 Academy Awards: On the occasion of her first Oscar nomination, and her only win to this point, Charlize Theron turned to Tom Ford at Gucci. This champagne gold crystal embellished slip gown exuded glamour. The look was in stark contrast to the character in Monster which she won the award for. It was also one of Tom Ford’s final red carpet moments for Gucci before he left the label as creative director. His tenure at Gucci is still considered amongst the most successful amongst the fashion set, it was all about sleek and very sexy glamour. 15) Hilary Swank in Guy Laroche at the 2005 Academy Awards: Every time that Hilary Swank has been nominated for an Oscar she has won. To take home her second little gold man in 2005 Hilary gave us noting but back wearing a midnight blue jersey Guy Laroche Couture gown on the Oscars red carpet. Aside from the angular open back the gown was completely covered. It screamed modern glamour and made Hilary one to always get excited to see on the red carpet.

Read Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

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