It’s no secret that celebrities put a lot of thought and effort into looking amazing on the red carpet. This is especially true for female celebrities. Unlike their male counterparts, who just have to wear a suit and they’re pretty much done, famous women often have to go through a lot of preparation and put in a lot of work in order to look dazzling on the red carpet. They spend weeks leading up to an event on crazy diets and doing an insane amount of exercise, they go through days of all sorts of massages, body wraps, facials and peels and scrubs. The whole day of the event is spent on getting the perfect hair and makeup done, all to look awesome in that perfect dress they’re gonna wear on the red carpet. And as tedious as it sounds sometimes it’s worth it, because they’ll be remembered in that dress forever. So let’s talk about the 12 most epic red carpet dresses of all time.
1) Kristen Stewart in Zuhair Murad at Twilight London Premiere
You can criticize the hell out of Kristen Stewart when it comes to her acting and how she’s way too awkward. She’s well aware of it and often says that she knows she looks weird in dresses and feels like she doesn’t belong, like it’s just not “her thing”. But you’ve got to admit that this Zuhair Murad jumpsuit she wore was pretty freaking cool.
2) Mila Kunis in Elie Saab Couture at the 2011 Oscars
Mila Kunis looked like she walked out of a fairy tale when she appeared on the red carpet in a lilac Elie Saab dress. We’re pretty sure that is the lightest dress ever and when you wear it, it probably doesn’t even feel like you’re wearing anything. Mila looked so effortlessly elegant, like a ballerina. A pretty awesome choice to wear when you’re representing Black Swan at the Oscars.
3) Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford at the 2012 Oscars Vanity Fair Party
This is one of the simplest dresses ever, yet it looks stunning. The clean lines and the simplicity of the white dress somehow make it stand out and make it look amazing. It’s like Gwyneth Paltrow knew that everyone will be trying really hard to wear the most shocking dress, so she went dressed all in white, and truly looked like she was on a whole other level, above everyone else.
4) Lupita Nyong in Ralph Lauren at Golden Globes 2014
Wearing a bright red dress to a red carpet event is a very brave choice. Many would worry about just blending in with the carpet, but not Lupita Nyong. She made a brave decision and it was worth it. She shone bright in that dress and looked incredible.
5) Julia Roberts in Valentino at the Oscars 2001
Julia wore this dress to the Oscars back in 2001, when she promptly won an Oscar for Erin Brockovich. Just that makes this dress one of the most epic red carpet dresses ever. But what you probably didn’t know is that this dress was a vintage design from 1992, that Valentino found in his archives. It was supposed to channel the classic style of Hollywood, and boy did that work. It’s been years since and this dress still looks like something a celebrity could wear even now.
6) Rihanna, in Azzedine Alaia red dress at Grammy Awards 2013
Rihanna is known for changing her style a lot, whether it comes to fashion or haircuts. We all have our favorite Rihanna version. I say version, because every time she changes her style she seems to evolve into something new, while staying very true to herself. Well, this Rihanna is a long red Cinderella style dress is my favorite Rihanna. She looked so perfect in this Azzedine Alaia dress, don’t you think?
7) Selena Gomez in Atelier Versace at the MTV Video Music Awards 2013
Selena Gomez grew up on screen. We’ve seen her turn from a little girl into a grown woman. It wasn’t easy for her, since people often aren’t keen on letting go of their idea of a child star. Well, it’s probably fair to say that this dress was a pivotal point in Selena’s career. When she wore this amazing Versace dress it’s like she told everyone – I’m not a kid anymore, I’m a woman – deal with it.
8) Emma Watson in Chanel Dress at Cannes 2014
It’s quite surprising to see how this particular Chanel dress looked on the runway, and how it then was transformed when Emma Watson wore it. Somehow it became more classy, after all, Emma is a classy lady and everything she wears just becomes classy by extension.
9) Jennifer Lopez in Elie Saab at the 2015 Oscars
Doesn’t Jennifer Lopez look just like Cinderella in this Elie Saab dress? I know, I know, Cinderella’s dress was blue, but hey, this nude blush dress just screams “Disney Princess”, doesn’t it? It’s so elegant and gorgeous, with the long train and sparkly sequins. There’s definitely something Cinderella-esque about this dress and Jennifer knew it.
10) Hilary Swank in Guy Laroche at the 2005 Oscars
I’m fairly certain Hollywood hasn’t seen dresses that plunged that low in the back before this. It’s hard to say what kind of a reaction this kind of dress would elicit nowadays, but back in 2005, Hilary Swank definitely made a memorable impression on everyone in more ways than one. Her character in Million Dollar Baby was anything but feminine, yet Hilary looked like the epitome of style, class and femininity at the Oscars in this Guy Laroche dress.
11) Diane Kruger in Jason Wu at Met Gala 2011
Who knew this dress could look better on Diane Kruger than it did on the runway, but that’s a fact. She looked smashing at the Met Gala in a Jason Wu dress. In fact, it wasn’t exactly a dress. It’s a nude top with sequin embellishments and a black silky flowy skirt. What a wonderful and elegant ensemble, don’t you think? Especially with the big blonde waves and red lipstick. Diane looked like a classic Hollywood diva.
12) Angelina Jolie In Atelier Versace at Golden Globe Awards 2011
Angeline has been called the most beautiful woman in Hollywood many times, and we’ve come to expect her to look amazing no matter what she wears. But she does tend to favor classic monochrome colors. We often see her in black, white, nude and all sorts of nude. We rarely see her wearing bright colors. On a rare occasion she’ll don a red dress to look especially impressive. But no one expected her to wear an emerald green dress, yet there she was – subverting expectations in a Versace dress and looking more gorgeous than ever.