50 of the Most ICONIC Red Carpet Looks EVER Part 1

Over the next 10 days I am going to break down 50 of the looks I deem to be the most ICONIC fashion moments ever. 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. So let’s get into it.1) Barbra Streisand in Arnold Scaasi at the 1969 Academy Awards: This is the first example of personal style taking priority over what the studio’s image I could think of. When Barbra stepped out for the 1969 Academy Awards, where she tied for the win for Best Actress for her performance in Funny Girl. This sheer Arnold Scaasi sheer sequined sailor ensemble was daring. No one would have picked this look for an Oscar winner at the time for a lot of reasons. The most important was its scandalous sheerness. While the second most important was the fact it was a bell bottom pants ensemble. It was mod girl meets free love vibes, and Barbra wore it perfectly. It was the bucking of expectations that made this look iconic to me. 2) Cher in Bob Mackie at the 1986 Academy Awards: Speaking about bucking expectations Cher is the queen of bucking expectations. I don’t think any look defines that more for her than the major black Bob Mackie Native American inspired look that he created for her to wear for the 1986 Academy Awards. When she took to the Oscars stage introducing the nominees for the Best Supporting Actress award she even joked “as you can see I received my Academy booklet on how to dress like a serious actress.” She made a joke, but the look has lasted. 3) Elizabeth Hurley in Versace at the 1994 premiere of 4 Weddings and a Funeral: Would an iconic fashion moments list be complete without this uber sexy black Gianni Versace gown with double side splits, a plunging neckline, and side cutouts with gold safety pin details. It was the first time a look like this had been made and given the fact that Elizabeth wasn’t even part of this film and pulled all the attention at the premiere spoke volumes. 4) Gwyneth Paltrow in Gucci by Tom Ford at the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards: Over the course of the next several days you are going to see Gwyneth Paltrow a couple times. I may not be her biggest fan anymore, but I admit she has had some major fashion moments over the years. The first is this red velvet Gucci by Tom Ford tuxedo. I think a lot of the iconic-ness of this look has to do with the designer and not as much about the wearer. This was the first major red carpet moment for Tom Ford. This look was covetable and easy to recreate. It has spurred a thousand reiterations. It put Tom Ford on the map. 5) Nicole Kidman in Christian Dior at the 1997 Academy Awards: Talking about putting designers on the map Nicole Kidman did it for John Galliano wearing this chartreuse Chinese inspired gown from his first collection for Dior. Nicole was there as a presenter and as the date on Tom Cruise. It was Nicole’s first iconic fashion moment and easily one of her best. This gown has been archived and not only is one of the best Oscar gowns ever, but it has also been featured in the 2015 Costume Institute exhibition “China: Through the Looking Glass.”

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