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14 Iconic Times Celebrities Grabbed the Headlines With Their Red Carpet Looks

From risky color combinations and bold designs to wearing chandeliers and motorized hats, celebrities have a whole lot of red carpet gown ideas that leave us speechless. Julia Roberts, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Whoopi Goldberg — here are just a few daring celebrities who’ve defied the laws of conventional red carpet fashion at least once.

Björk

When: 2001

Where: Academy Awards

What: The white “Swan Dress” was designed in a way that the swan’s neck was wrapped around the singer’s chest as if hugging her. In 2008, this exotic outfit was named the ninth-most iconic red-carpet dress of all time. The dress in fact was a full-body stocking.

Kim Kardashian

When: 2013

Where: Met Gala

What: A Givenchy floral-print dress with a high neck and a side slit. In this video, Kim says there was a sweet message behind this dress — a pregnant woman surrounded by flowers. But the dress instantly became a source of countless memes on the Internet.

Lady Gaga

When: 2015

Where: Academy Awards

What: Red gloves. That night Lady Gaga was wearing a white dress from Azzedine Alaïa, but it was not the dress itself that grabbed people’s attention and inspired debates. It was the big red gloves that the singer was wearing that night. Internet users quickly reacted with memes comparing Lady Gaga’s gloves with the gloves that are used for dishwashing.

Sharon Stone

Sharon Stone & Phil Bronstein at the 1998 Academy Awards in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)

When: 1998

Where: Academy Awards

What: A white shirt by The Gap and a lilac skirt by Vera Wang. It was a brave decision for those times to mix mass-market clothing items with those created by famous designers. Choosing a shirt and a skirt combination for a red carpet event, instead of a dress, was rather bold too.

Diane Keaton

When: 2004

Where: Academy Awards

What: A Chaplin-style suit and a bowler hat. This was quite a bold choice for a red carpet look for a female celebrity at that time.

Susan Sarandon

Susan Sarandon (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)

When: 1996

Where: Academy Awards

What: A bronze satin dress. In this dress, the actress herself looked like an Oscar award. Now the gown is part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection.

Celine Dion

When: 1999

Where: Academy Awards

What: A white backward tuxedo. This look was quite a risky fashion experiment and it was widely discussed. In one of her interviews, Celine Dion said that her look was ahead of its time and would probably be more appreciated today.

Michael Urie

When: 2019

Where: Met Gala

What: A split-gender gown that consisted of a pink tulle dress with a layered skirt and a black striped suit. Split gowns that let you dress as a woman and as a man at the same time are surely not something we often see on the red carpet.

Whoopi Goldberg

(NO TABLOIDS) Whoopi Goldberg during 65th Annual Academy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

When: 1993

Where: Academy Awards

What: A purple frock coat with bright green lining and slim trousers. The gown made headlines thanks to the exotic color combination and unusual shape.

Billy Porter

When: 2020

Where: Grammy Awards

What: A motorized crystal fringe hat. The whole disco look that Billy Porter was wearing that night looked quite extraordinary, but the hat stole the show. The fringe moved to reveal and hide Billy’s face.

When: 2019

Where: Academy Awards

What: A black gown with a tuxedo top and a long skirt. This is another gown worn by Billy Porter that defied fashion norms, and it became one of the most discussed looks of the night.

Katy Perry

When: 2019

Where: Met Gala

What: A chandelier dress. The gown looked just like a huge chandelier was put on the singer. The dress had 3 layers of candles with one layer crowning Katy’s head.

Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts Julia Roberts (Photo by S. Granitz/WireImage)

When: 1990

Where: Golden Globe Awards

What: An oversized menswear-style suit. A manly suit was balanced by Julia’s feminine red curls.

Julia Roberts

When: 1999

Where: The premiere of Notting Hill

What: Unshaven armpits. This time the star stole the show not with her dress, but with her underarm hair. In her 2018 interview, Julia Roberts said that she wasn’t trying to make any statement at that moment. “I think I just hadn’t really calculated my sleeve length and the waving and how those 2 things would go together and reveal personal things about me,” said the actress.

Which of these looks seems the most extraordinary to you and why? Can you add any other iconic celebrity looks to our collection?