Today we finish 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. So let’s get into it.46) Nicole Kidman in Calvin Klein by Appointment at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival: Between 2007 and 2017 Nicole Kidman feel out of love with fashion and then started to fall back in love with it. I fell in love with it too seeing it was look number 4 on my Best Dressed of 2017 list. I feel like this black and white Calvin Klein by Appointment bondage meets ballerina tea length tutu was the culmination of her falling back in love with fashion. This look took inspiration of Rudi Gernreich’s 1964 ‘Topless Swimsuit’ with a major ballerina skirt. In the CK by Appointment ad campaign this Raf Simons design was even show bare chested. For Nicole he of course modified the design to have the bustier bodice. It was a super enchanting moment for me. Modern yet classic glamour all rolled into one look. 47) Elle Fanning in Valentino Couture at the 2018 Berlin Film Festival: 2018 was a major year for fashion and the first major look of the year came when Elle Fanning attended the Opening Ceremony of the Berlin International Film Festival giving us 60’s glamour wearing this bold Valentino Couture ensemble. It is still my favorite Elle Fanning red carpet moment ever and one of the best Valentino by Pierpaolo Piccioli looks ever delivered on the red carpet. I never would have expected Elle to wear a look like this. When I saw the look on the runway I honestly would have expected it to overwhelm Elle’s frame, but she wore it with effortless elegance. 48) Lady Gaga in Valentino Couture at the 2018 Venice Film Festival: Each time I’ve featured Lady Gaga in this list it has corresponded with a new wave in her career. Her third and final look featured on this list comes from the frothy pink feathered Valentino Couture gown that she wore for the Venice Film Festival premiere of A Star Is Born. I SCREAMED when I saw this look. I loved this gown on the runway, but really felt like it was destined just to be an editorial look. So when Gaga showed up giving us full movie star drama wearing this gown in Venice I my heart skipped several beats. As I said earlier 2018 was a really strong year fashion wise but ultimately Lady Gaga in this gown topped my Best Dressed of the Year list, but honestly all of the first 4 looks could have easily tied for first it was so hard to cut down the list and rank everything. I will always rank this among Lady Gaga’s best red carpet moments ever. 49) Billy Porter in Christian Siriano at the 2019 Academy Awards: The 2019 Oscars red carpet was kind of a let down. I was overall disappointed in all the nominees and presenters. Billy Porter though, who was there to host the red carpet for ABC, served us up a MAJOR fashion moment wearing a custom Christian Siriano tuxedo meets ballgown. It was a major moment for queer fashion on the red carpet. This is the ONLY men’s look I’m adding to this list because of how ground breaking it was. I feel like everything about this look screams ICONIC. While I don’t think it shattered boundaries for men on the red carpet I do think it put some major cracks in what we expect to see men wear on the red carpet. 50) Elle Fanning in Christian Dior Couture at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival: The final look on the list is this major Elle Fanning moment in Cannes. In 2019 as she was making her rounds at the festival as a member of the jury she stepped out for one of the premieres wearing this major Christian Dior Couture by Maria Grazia Chiuri look. This is a new take on the iconic Christian Dior “New Look.” It was amazing tribute that felt very glamorous without feeling costume-y. It was an unexpected yet elegant moment which is a lot more casual than what I would have expected from Elle, but that is part of what made it amazing. The custom Steven Jones hat really made this look. It wouldn’t have been the same without it.
So there you have it my full list of the 50 of the Most ICONIC Red Carpet Looks EVER. Who are you surprised to see included? Who do you think should have made the cut? What do you think didn’t quite live up to iconic status?
Read Part 1 here, Part 2 here, Part 3 here, Part 4 here, Part 5 here, Part 6 here, Part 7 here, Part 8 here, and Part 9 here. Hope you have enjoyed.