Most Iconic Red-Carpet Dresses of All Time

Here are the dresses that became the most memorable and red-carpet fashion history.


The movie and fashion icon wore a white belted floral dress at the 1954 Academy Awards. It was created by the famous fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy, who was also her friend. The dress showed off her best features as well as her style and grace.


Grace Kelly won an Oscar for her performance in The Country Girl, and received it at the 1955 awarding ceremonies. Her wardrobe for the event — a pale-blue dress designed by Edith Head matched with white gloves — was also a winner. It was also (arguably) the gold standard in red carpet fashion.


The Spanish actress looked more exotically beautifully in her black draped Chanel dress that she wore at the 2008 Oscars.


Model and actress Elizabeth Hurley showed off her figure in this iconic Versace “safety-pin” black dress at the premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral, which starred her then-boyfriend Hugh Grant. The dress helped launche Hurley as an international sensation, and also became one of Versace’s best-known creations.

Gwyneth Paltrow

When Paltrow received her Oscar Best Actress trophy for her performance in Shakespeare in Love, she wore a pink Ralph Lauren dress that was certainly a head-turner. The dress was copied a lot of times after the event, and was responsible for bringing pink back to the red carpet fashion.

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway glowed to a perfection with this red Valentino dress at the 2011 Oscars.


Jolie is one of the most fashionable celebs in recent years. At the 2012 Golden Globes, she wore a pearly-white Atelier Versace dress with bold red accents, matched by her red lipstick and elegant bun. She looks quite stunning there.


Icelandic singer and musician Bjork stepped out of the 2001 Oscars red carpet with the infamous “swan dress,” designed by Marjan Pejoski. This eccentric outfit was even voted by the Daily Telegraph as the 9th-most iconic dress of all time in 2008. It has been widely parodied since.


Knightley may have lost the 2008 BAFTA Best Actress trophy to Marion Cotillard, but her tiered Valentino gown made her every inch a winner.