These days, the red carpet and celebrities are considered by most people to be synonymous, but this hasn’t always been the case. Back in 1922, the first red carpet was laid down for the premiere of Robin Hood, and this was to mark the very beginning of the tradition. Soon, the red carpet became known as one of the few places that people could catch a glimpse of the big stars of the time.
In 1961, a red carpet was introduced at the r Academy Awards, and it stayed. Moreover, it spread to other parts of the world and became the symbol of fame and fortune at star-studded events. Now, the red carpet is “a globally acknowledged focal point for actors and actresses to make a grand entrance and showcase themselves.” As a result, it’s become extremely important to make a statement with your outfit, with some celebrities go further with this than others. Here is a list of 70 of the most show-stopping red carpet looks that caused a stir.
Irina Shayk: An Industry Icon
Russian model Irina Valeryevna Shaykhlislamova, better known as Irina Shayk, is ranked by models.com as an “industry icon.” She received international recognition after appearing as the first Russian model on the cover of the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She’s known for showing off her perfect physique on the red carpet, usually in show-stopping outfits.
This barely-there dress, which she wore to the Vanity Fair Oscar Party, was no exception. With half of her body visible through black netting, not much was left to the imagination, and she certainly caught the attention of both the paparazzi as well as the other attendees. This risqué look pushed all kinds of boundaries and caused quite a stir.
Kate Upton: Keeping It Simple
American model and actress Kate Upton never fails to wow people on the red carpet with her glamorous looks, and her outfit at the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar after-party, pictured here, was no exception. The model oozed sophistication and style as she showed off this classic black dress by designer Victoria Beckham.
Sometimes, simplicity is everything, and Kate certainly proved that with this outfit. Teaming the look with sparkling diamond and emerald earrings, as well as bold red lips, she added a little pizzazz to keep it fierce and sultry, a winning combination by red carpet standards.
Jenna Dewan: Stepping Up
American actress and dancer Jenna Dewan started her career as a backup dancer for Janet Jackson, then later worked with artists such as Christina Aguilera, Pink, and Missy Elliott. Since then, she has had roles in films such as “Step Up” and married American actor and heartthrob Channing Tatum. She’s also gained a reputation for wearing bold, show-stopping outfits on the red carpet, and this one is no exception.
Towering gold heels and a strapless, wine-colored Pamella Roland gown featuring a low neckline and extremely high split isn’t something everyone could pull off, but Jenna had no problem when she attended this star-studded bash with her close friend and fellow actress Emmanuelle Chriqui.
Ashley Graham: Flaunting Her Curves
Ashley Graham is one of the most successful models in the world, taking the industry by storm with her striking features and voluptuous curves. She’s one of the most sought-after plus-size models in the industry and has contributed to a new wave of fashion that celebrates women of all shapes and sizes.
Wearing this black dress with its impressive plunging neckline and thigh-high split, Ashley ensured that all eyes were on her at the GQ Men of the Year Awards 2016. Many agreed that it was one of her best red carpet looks to date. Ashley is clearly comfortable with every inch of her body and oozes glamor and sophistication.
Sofia Vergara: Effortless Style
Colombian-American actress, television producer, presenter, and model Sofia Vergara was the top-earning actress in American television for three years (2012, 2013, and 2016). Many people do not realize, but in 2019, she was rated as the highest-paid TV actress in the world. She’s also known for her effortless beauty and style, which can be clearly seen in this photograph.
At the 2014 NBC Golden Globes after-party, Sofia once again wowed attendees and paparazzi in a stunningly sparkly Zuhair Murad dress that fit her perfectly, along with a pair of Brian Atwood shoes. There was no need to go over the top with jewelry. To complete the look, Sofia wore bright red lipstick and flashed her gorgeous smile.
Miranda Kerr is an Australian model that rose to fame in 2007 as one of the revered Victoria’s Secret Angels. In fact, she was the first-ever Australian Victoria’s Secret model. Having started her career at the age of 13, she’s been consistently ranked on the Forbes list of the highest-earning models since 2008.
At the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party, Miranda looked stunning in this custom red KaufmanFranco gown, proving that she is every inch the supermodel. She completed the look with a gorgeous pair of Christian Louboutin shoes and added some sparkle with a small, simple Atelier Swarovski clutch. Kerr might not have been at the Oscars, but she sure would have made an impression on the red carpet.
Rita Ora: Expressing Herself
Rita Ora is an English singer, songwriter, and actress who has enjoyed international success since rising to fame in 2012. She likes to experiment with her fashion style and express her vibrant personality through her outfits. This was certainly the case in this photograph, which was taken as she walked on the red carpet of the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards.
Sporting a short, chic haircut in platinum blond, Rita chose to show off her curves in a slinky, barely-there bright red dress that featured an extremely high split up the side. Teamed with red lipstick and a big, diamond choker for added sparkle, you could be forgiven for being reminded of Marilyn Monroe and the days of old-style glamor.
Kim Kardashian: One to Watch
Kim Kardashian is always one to watch both on and off the red carpet. After rising to fame through her family’s hit reality TV show “Keeping Up With The Kardashians,” she’s made a name for herself through various business ventures, such as her successful makeup and fragrance lines. Moreover, through her husband Kanye West, Kim has some of the best contacts in the fashion industry, with her popularity causing top designers to want to work with her.
At the 2014 MTV VMA’s, Kim Kardashian wowed in this beaded Balmain dress, complete with a daring plunging neckline. Kim teamed the mini dress with a pair of black sandals and left her hair loose and wavy, a bohemian look with a twist that caused a bit of a stir.
Amber Rose: Striking Her Pose
If there is one celebrity who is known for not caring how others perceive her, it’s Amber Rose. The American model and actress is known for ignoring fashion trends and expressing her personality through her clothes, regularly dressing in daring outfits that make her feel good and show off her curves.
At the MTV Movie Awards in 2017, Amber wowed the crowd in this revealing two-piece red outfit, showing off all of her tattoos and striking her best pose. Amber finished the look with simple, diamond hoop earrings for an extra touch of glitz and glamor.
Chrissy Teigen: Slip of the Leg
American model and actress Chrissy Teigen is not shy about promoting herself and has been known to wear a risqué outfit every now and then. She has an incredible body, so why shouldn’t she show it off as and when she wants to? However, when it came to her dress at the 2016 American Music Awards, her wardrobe malfunction was a little too much.
Chrissy decided to show off her impressively long legs with an outrageously long slit that went all the way up to her midriff. Despite having to be extremely careful when walking, Chrissy’s slip of the leg was unavoidable, and, unfortunately, she ended up baring much more than she intended to!
Gigi Hadid: The Vogue Veteran
Gigi Hadid is one of the most successful and in-demand models in the entire world, having worked with every notable fashion designer, walking their runways in show-stopping outfits and appearing in a number of huge international campaigns. Over the span of just four years, she made 35 appearances on international Vogue magazine covers – an incredible achievement by anyone’s standards.
Therefore, it comes as no surprise that when walking the carpet at star-studded events, Gigi knows how to dress to perfection. Pictured here at the 2015 amfAR Gala in a stunning white Tom Ford gown with a thigh-high split and an incredibly revealing neckline, she wowed the enthusiastic crowd.
Madonna: Ever-Changing Style
Madonna is an American singer, songwriter, and actress that has often been referred to as the “Queen of Pop” since the 1980s. She is known for pushing boundaries, not only with her music, but also her image, which she has constantly reinvented over the years. As a result, she’s been cited as a fashion influence by many celebrities over the decades.
Madonna is pictured here at the 2015 Grammy Awards in a bold bodysuit by Givenchy. The intricate detailing on the bodice was matched perfectly with the shoulder pads and netted hat, and the over-the-knee leather boots completed the unique look. When she turned around, she shocked the paparazzi and the fans, as her backside was bared for everyone to see.
Beyoncé: Leaving Little to the Imagination
In 2015, singer, actress, and songwriter Beyoncé might have arrived a little late to the Met Gala, but that didn’t stop all heads from turning when she eventually made her grand entrance. That was entirely due to her risqué outfit.
She wore a stunning Givenchy gown that left very little to the imagination, and there’s no denying that she looked incredible. Considering that she had to make sure every piece of beadwork was in the correct place because there was no room for error, she could be forgiven for running a bit late.
Lady Gaga: Causing a Stir
Lady Gaga is always one to watch on a red carpet. While you never know what outrageous outfit she will wear, you always know that it will cause a bit of excitement. The 2015 Grammy Awards, where Lady Gaga is pictured here, was no exception.
She wore a beautiful sparkly Brandon Maxwell gown with a deep, plunging neckline and a thigh-high split, which caused all eyes to be on her as she posed for the cameras. She completed her outfit with beaded sandals and stunning Lorraine Schwartz jewels to give a splash of color, and, a little more sparkle, because clearly, you can never have too much.
Gabrielle Union: Bringing It to The Red Carpet
Gabrielle Union is an American actress, voice artist, activist, and author who began acting in a number of US sitcoms back in the 1990s. However, her real big break came in 2000, when she had one of the main roles in the hit movie “Bring It On.”
At the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscars after-party, Gabrielle really stood out as a result of her incredible and risqué- outfit. The unusual black and blue geometric Jean-Paul Gaultier gown, complete with a thigh-high slit and bare belly, showed off her body in all the right places. People couldn’t get enough of her look, and pretty soon after, Gabrielle found herself on many of the best-dressed lists.
Kendall Jenner: Baring All
Kendall Jenner is one of the most renowned supermodels in the world; she’s also a well-known reality TV star, as she’s part of the Kardashian-Jenner family and stars on the hit show “Keeping Up With The Kardashians.” She has never been one to be afraid of showing some skin, whether she is walking down a runway, at a red carpet event, or even while being filmed for the show.
At the Met Gala in 2017, Kendall was one of the best dressed (or should we say un-dressed!) celebrities. The incredible La Perla gown was tailored perfectly to Kendall, showing off her toned stomach and long legs. She finished off the look perfectly, with red lips and loose wavey hair.
Emily Ratajkowski: Dressing the Part
Emily Ratajkowski is another world-class supermodel. She was born in London and raised in San Diego, and rose to fame after appearing on the cover of the March 2012 issue of treats! An exotic magazine. This led to her being featured in two music videos – Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (which went to number one in several countries) and Maroon 5’s “Love Somebody.”
Since then, Emily has enjoyed success as a model, and she’s certainly not scared to dress the part. At Cannes in 2017, she wore this sweeping Peter Dundas lace gown with a daring cut-out on the bodice. The dress was perfectly crafted and showed off her figure while wowing the crowd.
Jennifer Lopez: Latina Style
American actress, singer, and songwriter Jennifer Lopez always seems to look a million dollars on a red carpet, and she certainly dresses to impress, as you can see in the photograph here. Even though she’s over 50 years old, she still has a body that most women would envy, and she’s not afraid to show it off.
The Latina beauty rocked not one but two daring dresses at the 2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards in Miami. This Julian MacDonald dress perfectly fit her and showed off her famous curves. It looked fantastic against Jennifer’s gorgeous complexion, and she was able to bare all while still looking classy.
Nicki Minaj: Queen of OTT
Rapper, singer, and songwriter Nicki Minaj was born in Trinidad and Tobago and raised in Queens, New York City. She rose to fame in when she signed with Young Money Entertainment in 2009 and has since released albums and singles that have gone straight to number one. She’s also renowned for her eccentric style and bright hair, and it’s not unusual to see her wearing a risqué outfit.
The outfit pictured here at the 2016 Met Gala is no exception. The Jeremy Scott dress perfectly brought together the couture fashion and daring outfits from the Met Gala with Nicki’s own personal style.
Penelope Cruz: Glitz and Glamor
Spanish actress and model Penelope Cruz made her acting debut at age 16 years old, so she’s no stranger to red carpets. She never fails to bring to it the glitz and glamor. She’s pictured here on the arm of her “Blow” co-star Johnny Depp, turning heads in a classic figure-hugging Marchesa dress on the 2011 Cannes Film Festival red carpet.
Penelope isn’t just recognized for her acting skills. Her fashion sense and outfit choices, such as the one pictured here, have led her to model for a number of top international fashion designers, such as Chanel, L’Oréal, Ralph Lauren, and Mango. She also designed clothing for Mango with her younger sister, Mónica Cruz.
Ciara: Attempting the Extreme
At the 2016 Grammy awards, Ciara was not afraid to show off her incredibly toned figure in this beautiful Alexandre Vauthier Haute Couture silk chiffon slip dress. The intricate beading on the dress added extra glamor to the whole outfit, and the hip-high slit was so daring that only a handful of people could, or would even attempt, to pull it off.
Ciara added some jewelry from Norman Silverman Diamonds and swept her hair back into a loose up-do, which meant that both her dress and her body were shown off to the absolute maximum.– She certainly caused quite a stir on the red carpet.
Stella Maxwell: Anything But Angelic
Stella Maxwell is a Belgian-born Northern IrishNew Zealand model who is best known for her work with Victoria’s Secret. However, pictured here, she proves she is anything but angelic in a stunning, barely-there gown that garnered much attention and turned heads all evening at the Vanity Fair Oscars Party. The plunging gown featured a daring hip-high slit that highlighted her long, slim legs.
Not just anyone would be able to pull off a daring outfit like that, but Stella pulled it off perfectly. She managed to make it through the entire party without a wardrobe malfunction, despite the low front and back, high split, and strappy heels.
Bella Hadid: Making Waves
Bella Hadid’s style has been making headlines since she entered the modeling world in 2012 – and, if you didn’t already know, she’s the younger sister of another famous model who is featured in this article, Gigi Hadid. However, her fame hasn’t come because of her family connections. She’s successfully made a name for herself in the fashion and modeling industry and is regarded as a style icon in her own right.
Bella is pictured here sporting a stunning, slinky red gown to the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Featuring a hip-high split at the side, it’s pretty daring and leaves most of her leg exposed. There s also a plunging neckline that doesn’t leave much to the imagination.
Eva Longoria: Latina Style
American actress Eva Longoria rose to fame when she starred as Gabrielle in the hit TV show “Desperate Housewives.”Her beauty and fashion sense is such that she causes heads to turn whenever she shows at a star-studded event. Pictured here, Eva looks stunning as she walks the red carpet at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.
She is wearing a beautiful Alberta Ferretti bejeweled, off-the-shoulder gown. The dusty pink color of the dress perfectly illuminates Eva’s beautiful bronzed skin tone, The thigh-high split, although pretty daring by most people’s standards, provided the perfect way to show off her toned body and caused a stir.
Irina Shayk: Post-Baby Glamour
Yes, you read it right – Irina Shayk is back again. It’s really no surprise that this beauty made this list twice, after all, she’s one of the world’s top models and is known for taking a few risks when it comes to red carpet outfits. The outfit that she’s wearing in this picture is no exception, and it was well-received by everyone who was there.
She wore this stunning gown at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, and she was literally only two months after giving birth to her and Bradley Cooper’s daughter. How she managed to get her body back into shape that quickly, we’ll never know.
Nicole Kidman: Classic Beauty
Nicole Kidman is an Australian-American actress and producer. She has many years of experience and accumulated many awards, having starred in numerous movies and television shows during her long and successful career. Being regarded to be one of the most classic and beautiful actresses in the world, people are always interested in what outfit she chooses to wear.
Pictured here on the red carpet at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival wearing this show-stopping Armani Prive strapless gown, she looks radiant, sophisticated, and graceful. The intricate gem work on the dress is exquisite; as a result, there was no need for a lot of jewelry.
Angelina Jolie: Barely There
Angelina Jolie is among the most famous and successful actresses in the world, and her work had not gone unnoticed through winning an Oscar, two SAG awards, and three Golden Globes. Furthermore, she’s regarded as one of the most beautiful women in the world and never fails to look like an absolute bombshell on the red carpet. The outfit pictured here is no exception.
She wore this stunning Atelier Versace gown to the Cannes Film Festival in 2009, and attracted a lot of attention, as you can imagine. The sheer, nude, barely-there dress doesn’t leave much to the imagination, but she still managed to pull it off while remaining classy and sophisticated.
Lupita Nyong’ o: Upping the Style Stakes
Lupita Nyong’ o stormed onto the Hollywood scene after her exceptional performance in Academy Award-winning period drama “12 Years a Slave”, which resulted in her winning the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. In the style stakes, Lupita has managed to wow on the red carpet every time, and it was no different at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015.
Her green emerald Gucci dress, pictured here, complimented her skin tone beautifully, and the pink detail in the center and on the shoulders gave the whole look a bit of a bohemian twist. In addition, her makeup and hair were both completely flawless.
Freida Pinto: No Slumdog
Indian actress Freida Pinto shot to fame after her outstanding role in the eight-time Academy Award-winning film Slumdog Millionaire. In fact, she’s appeared mainly in British and American movies. Frieda is always a red carpet favorite with her soft, feminine looks, and the Cannes Film Festival in 2014 was no different.
Frieda wowed the crowds and the paparazzi in this Michael Kors blush dress that is adorned with feathers and a plunging neckline. She added bold red lips that tied in perfectly and caused excitement as she walked down the red carpet. Frieda’s career has since blossomed, and she’s starred in multiple movies, including “Girl Rising,” “Desert Dancer,” and “Blunt Force Trauma.”
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley: Transforming Fashion
Another woman who rocked the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016 was blond British model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who starred in a considerable amount of impressive fashion campaigns before transitioning to movies, including “Mad Max: Fury Road” and the “Transformers” franchise.
Although Rosie is known to turn heads frequently, this beautiful and flowing red Alexandre Vauthier Couture dress was one of the model’s best looks yet. It’s fair to say that she caused quite a stir. She completed the look with sparkling diamond earrings and bracelets, as well as strong red lipstick.
Mindy Kaling: Embracing Color-Block
Mindy Kaling is an American writer, actress, and comedian who initially gained recognition for her role in the hit NBC sitcom “The Office,” in which she played the character of Kelly Kapoor as well as serving as a director, writer, and executive producer. She’s pictured here at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015, embracing the color-block trend that swept the fashion industry that year.
Mindy’s favorite designer, Salvador Perez, pulled out all the stops with this chic custom-made gown. The simplistic top is perfectly complemented by the impressive skirt train and thigh-high split, which was adorned with an impressive 3,000 hand-sewn crystals! Since then, Mindy has fully established herself in the industry by creating and starring in her own show, “The Mindy Project.”
Naomi Watts: Elegance, Glamour, and Poise
Naomi Watts is a British actress and film producer who made her initial on-screen debut in the Australian drama “For Love Alone” before appearing the Australian television series “Hey Dad..!” She is also known for oozing elegance, glamor, and poise, and, as a result, can easily cause a stir when she walks the red carpet.
Consequently, Naomi is often found on the best-dressed lists, and her look at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012 did not disappoint. She wore a stunning nude Marchesa dress with a lot of detail, as well as an impressive fishtail. The look was completed with a sparkling diamond necklace and earrings, as well as an old-Hollywood style hairdo.
Lea Seydoux: Perfect in Prada
French actress Lea Seydoux has had a very successful career, starring in notable French films as well as blockbuster Hollywood movies, including “Robin Hood,” “Mission: Impossible,” and “Inglorious Bastards.”
Lea has always been admired for her style, and one of her best looks which is pictured in this photograph, was at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014. Lea dazzled in her plunging, intricately beaded emerald Prada gown, which was finished off with teardrop diamond and emerald earrings. The color perfectly complimented her complexion, and the whole look landed her on multiple best-dressed lists, and we can definitely see why.
Paz Vega: White Hot
Spanish actress Paz Vega successfully transitioned from Spanish films to blockbuster Hollywood movies after starring alongside Adam Sandler in “Spanglish.” Vega is also signed with a modeling agency and impressively took over Penelope Cruz’s role as the face for Spanish L’Oreal.
She caused a stir on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet in 2013, with some referring to her look as “white-hot.” The beautiful brunette was dressed in a stunning Roberto Cavalli gown that was completely covered in intricate, dazzling beading. The sheer nature of the skirt allowed Paz to show off her long, toned legs and her killer high heels.
Elizabeth Banks: Blending Styles
The talented Elizabeth Banks is an American actress, director, writer, and producer. She is best known in the movies for playing the roles of Effie Trinket in “The Hunger Games” movie series, and Gail Abernathy-McKadden in the “Pitch Perfect” movie series. In fact, she was even part of the production team behind the latter. However, she’s also been recognized for her over-the-top red carpet looks, including the one pictured here.
This was at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010. The Georges Chakra Couture gown spoke for itself with its impressive blend of colors, multiple layers, and long train. The actress finished her look with a black clutch bag and simple jewelry.
Uma Thurman: Killing the Red Carpet
Uma Thurman is a long-standing, well-respected Hollywood actress, starring in a multitude of blockbuster Hollywood movies over the years, such as “Kill Bill,” “Pulp Fiction,” “The Producers,” “Prime,” and “My Super Ex-Girlfriend.” While some people cannot pull off an all-yellow look, Uma certainly can, as evidenced in this photograph.
She turned heads when she wore this striking Atelier Versace gown to the Cannes Film Festival in 2014. The plunging neckline allowed her to show some skin for a sultry look, while the long, flowing dress with its wings and the back implied that she still looked classy, sophisticated, and chic.
Zhang Ziyi: Best of Both Worlds
Actress and model Zhang Ziyi is considered to be one of the most famous women in China, after starring in a number of blockbuster movies, including “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and “House of Flying Daggers.” From 2004 to 2010, Zhang ranked in the top five of the Forbes China Celebrity 100 list every year.
Zhang is pictured here at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014 wearing a beautiful Stephane Rolland Couture dress. The design was supposed to be futuristic, and many applauded her fashion choice. With its long, flowing train, it also oozed glamor and sophistication, definitely making it the best of both worlds.
Cara Delevingne: Dressing to Impress
Top British model and actress Cara Delevingne is known for her outgoing personality and daring fashion style, both of which always come across on a red carpet. Having been involved with various fashion powerhouses such as Chanel, Burberry, Dior, and Balmain, she knows all the tricks of the trade. She certainly dresses to impress, and the outfit that she’s wearing here was no different.
At the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, Cara’s Burberry dress caused a bit of a stir. From the beautiful sleeves with their intricate lace detailing to the bold red lipstick and stunning diamond jewelry, Cara’s look was perfection, again.
Cheryl Cole: Show-Stopping Feathers
British singer and public figure Cheryl Cole has had quite a turbulent private life in recent years, having been through multiple divorces before having a son with a former member of the band One Direction. Although she’s always been recognized for her beauty, she has, on some occasions, received some criticism regarding her outfit choices.
The outfit pictured here, however, at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, was well-received. The show-stopping white and scarlet Stephane Rolland Couture dress featured a dramatic feathered train that made it appear as though it was melting into the red carpet. The cut of the top of the dress is simple and sophisticated, in stark contrast to the bottom.
Michelle Williams: Classic With a Twist
American actress Michelle Williams began her career at a young age with television guest appearances and made her film debut in the well-known family film “Lassie.” She then went on to star in the popular American television show “Dawson’s Creek.” Arguably, this is the role she’s the best known for. It led her to roles in big Hollywood films such as “Brokeback Mountain” and “Shutter Island.”
Pictured here at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010, Michelle opted for a feminine, flowy look. The blush pink off-the-shoulder dress was designed and made by Chanel; it’s fairly understated compared with many of the outfits often seen on the red carpet. However, the detailing at the top gives the classic dress a bohemian twist.
Camilla Belle: Wowing in Gucci
Camilla Belle is an American actress, director, and producer who grew up in São Paulo, Brazil, before moving to Los Angeles in the US. She started acting at a young age with a small role in the movie “A Little Princess”” and her beauty and likable nature has allowed her to stay ahead in the film industry ever since.
Camilla is known for her show-stopping outfits that cause excitement, and the one pictured here is no exception. She stunned at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival in this midnight blue Gucci Premiere one-shoulder dress; although it was classy and sophisticated, the thigh-high slit and bold red lipstick add sultriness to the overall look.
Kristen Stewart: Getting it Right
American actress Kristen Stewart is best known for her leading role as Bella Swan in the “Twilight” franchise. Since then, she’s distanced herself from the teen hit movies and taken up more serious roles such as “Snow White and the Huntsman.” She’s enjoyed huge success and was the highest-paid actress in the world in 2010 and 2012.
Kristen has had some questionable style choices over the years, but at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012, everyone agreed that she killed it. This red dress by Reem Acra matched with bold red lips had everyone’s heads turning, and fashionistas around the world agreed that it was one of her best looks ever.
Julia Roberts: The Leading Lady
Julia Roberts is among the Hollywood greats, and, as a result, designers line up to dress her for award shows. She is an American actress and producer who has established herself as one of the world’s leading ladies after starring in the classic romantic comedy “Pretty Woman.” Since then, she’s progressed to playing the leading roles in a number of other hit Hollywood movies.
At the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, Julia wore this chic black Armani Prive dress that pulled in at the bodice before flowing out into a billowing skirt. The whole look was finished with a statement diamond and emerald necklace, and, of course, Julia’s famous smile.
Blake Lively: Oozing Glamour
Blake Lively is an American actress who rose to international fame when she starred in the hit American television show “Gossip Girl.” This led to roles in multiple movies, including “The Shallows,” “Green Lantern,” and “The Age of Adrenaline.” The beautiful blond bombshell consistently makes good fashion choices and is often praised for the outfits she wears to award shows and other events.
Blake certainly stood out the red carpet of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Her chic monochrome dress by Gucci Premiere was teamed perfectly with stunning diamond and ruby jewelry and bold red lipstick. Walking the carpet with husband and fellow actor Ryan Reynolds, Blake proved that mothers can still ooze glamor.
Samara Weaving: Sultriness, Sexiness, and Glamor
Australian actress and model Samara Weaving came to prominence with her role of Indi Walker in the Australian soap opera “Home and Away.” Since then, she’s had roles in numerous movies, including “Monster Trucks,” “The Babysitter,” and “Ready or Not.”
Samara caused quite a stir when she walked the red carpet while wearing a floor-length Schiaparelli gown that was cinched at the waist with a dramatic plunging neckline. Adorned with a shimmering criss-cross band that highlighted her small waist and toned stomach, it was the perfect combination of sultriness, sexiness, and glamor. Smokey, kohl-rimmed eyes, and lashings of mascara contrasted her nude lips and flushed cheeks. As for accessories, Samara opted for a Valextra clutch purse that matched her dress.
Nicole Kidman: Looking Bow-tiful
Australian actress and renowned beauty Nicole Kidman couldn’t be featured in this article, not just the once, not when she frequently pulls off red carpet looks that cause a stir. Many said her navy Armani Privé dress stole the show; she arrived to an awards ceremony in this show-stopping royal blue dress that complemented her complexion perfectly.
Nicole proves that age was working in her favor with the dramatically high split directly up the center of the dress, which only drew more attention to the oversized bow at the waist. The heart-shaped top flaunted her enviable toned physique, and the lack of a necklace makes the neckline more striking. Overall, it was one of her best looks yet.
Eiza Gonzalez: Best 2018 Oscar Look
Eiza Gonzalez is a Mexican actress and singer who initially gained popularity in the television industry for her role in a Mexican musical telenovela. Although she’s not that well-known in Hollywood yet, she made it onto American television when she starred as Santanico Pandemonium in the horror series “From Dusk till Dawn: The Series” from 2014 to 2016.
Pictured here in a bright yellow Ralph Lauren, she was said to have won the best red carpet look at the 2018 Oscar Academy Awards, and you can see why. It’s set off perfectly with voluminous red lips and classy yet simple cat-eye liner. Eiza presented the Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing awards at the Oscars alongside her “Baby Driver” co-star Ansel Elgort.
Charlize Theron: No Fashion Monster
Charlize Theron is a South African actress and producer who gained international recognition for her portrayal of the serial killer Aileen Wuornos in the Hollywood movie “Monster,” a role for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. She was the first South African to win an Oscar in an acting category. She’s also known for her killer red carpet looks, as you can see here.
Charlize looked like a vision in bold canary yellow on the 2015 Cannes Film Festival red carpet. The color and structure of this Christian Dior dress complemented her complexion and physique perfectly, and her pulled-back hair and minimal jewelry allowed the dress to make the maximum statement. She stunned on the red carpet on this occasion, exuding class, poise, and elegance.
Gal Gadot: Fast, Furious, and Fashionable
Gal Gadot is an Israeli actress, producer, and model. At the age of 18, she was crowned Miss Israel 2004 before serving two years in the Israel Defense Forces as a fitness/combat readiness instructor. She broke through into Hollywood with her role in the “Fast & Furious” franchise before playing Wonder Woman in a number of movies.
Gal can be seen here at the Academy Awards wearing a slinky sparkling 1920 style Givenchy gown adorned with darker metallic fringe down to the hem of the gown and a dramatic neckline that plunged almost to her waistline. She added to the chic flapper look with slicked-down hair styled by the talented Mark Townsend. Needless to say, all eyes were on her that night.
Jennifer Lawrence: Glimmering Gunmetal
Jennifer Lawrence is an American actress who was cited as the highest-paid actress in the world in 2015 and 2016. Her role as Katniss Everdeen in the “Hunger Games” film series from 2012 to 2015 established her as the highest-grossing action heroine of all time.
This photograph shows Jennifer stepping onto the red carpet in a metallic gown designed by Dior. The sequined couture outfit had a fitted corset top that was held upright by only two delicate black straps. The floor-length gown fitted tightly against her body until the hips, then loosened all the way to the hem. The glamorous golden gown paired well with her loose, wavy blonde locks and smoky eyes, and was complemented with minimal jewelry.
Priyanka Chopra: Glittering with Diamonds
Priyanka Chopra is an Indian actress, film producer, singer, philanthropist, and the winner of the 2000 Miss World competition. She is one of India’s most popular and highest-paid entertainers and has been listed among the 100 most powerful women in the world by Forbes.
It is hard to decide whether Priyanka’s 2017 Oscar gown had more of an elegant or futuristic feel to it, but the sight of her dressed in the form-fitting Ralph & Russo dress turned heads for the entire evening. To top things off, Priyanka had her hair in a sleek, side-parted style and wore so many diamonds that their worth come to more than a staggering $5 million. There was no doubt that Priyanka was definitely dressed to impress.
Kendall Jenner: New Heights in the Style Stakes
Another double entry for you is Kendall Jenner, the daughter of “momager” Kris Jenner and half-sister to all of the Kardashian siblings. Kendall has risen through the ranks to prove herself as one of the most stylish young models today; hence, this is why she appears in this article on several occasions.
As pictured here, the Giambattista Valli asymmetrical gown she wore to the Cannes Film Festival in 2017 propelled her to new heights in the style stakes, with its multiple layers and dramatic puffs. Kendall’s lucrative modeling contracts with Chanel, Balmain, Tom Ford, and Givenchy, have ensured that this supermodel has learned from the best and is guaranteed to cause excitement with her red carpet looks every time.
Aishwarya Rai: A Lilac Princess
Aishwarya Rai is an Indian actress as well as the winner of the Miss World 1994 pageant. Throughout her successful acting career, she has established herself as one of the most influential and popular celebrities in India. In addition, she has branched into modeling, working with international brands such as Coca-Cola and Pepsi.
If there’s one thing Aishwarya knows, it’s how to give the wow factor with her choice of outfit. Her extravagant, over-the-top lilac princess gown by Michael Cinco at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, as pictured here, ensured that all eyes were on her and certainly caused a stir.
Taraji P. Henson: Wangy Bangy
Taraji P. Henson is an American author and actress who received her big break when she landed a role in “Baby Boy” in 2001. Since then, she’s gone on to star in a number of other Hollywood movies and television shows, such as “Empire” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”
Taraji caused a stir at the Academy Awards in 2018 in a stunning, custom-made Vera Wang gown that left many speechless. She later said in an interview: “I’m not afraid. Vera was like, ‘Let’s take it there!’ Wangy bangy, baby.” The all-black, hand-draped French tulle gown had a sheer back and an illusion keyhole neckline.
Gal Gadot: Wonder Woman
Israeli actress Gal Gadot was obviously going to be on this list multiple times. After all, her bold red carpet outfit choices always seem to cause a stir when she walks in front of the cameras. Here, she’s pictured making her way to the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party rocking the previously established “Wonder Woman” theme.
Gal stepped out in a dark red sequined Armani Prive gown that featured a deep plunging neckline and a dramatic thigh-high side split. Despite the shimmering material and flattering cut, the ensemble had a certain simplicity that Gal is known to be a fan of. No dramatic accessories or embellishments were needed, nor did she smear her face with heavy makeup. Natural beauty is what Gal is all about, along with a show-stopping outfit, of course.
Emma Stone: Winning the Film Festival
Emma Stone is an American actress who was the world’s highest-paid actress in 2017. In addition, she was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. She has had an extremely successful career, with a portfolio containing blockbuster Hollywood movies such as “The Amazing Spider-Man,” “The Help,” and the Oscar-winning musical “La La Land.”
In addition to her acting, Stone has consistently owned every red carpet that she walks, with one of her most memorable looks taking place at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015. As pictured here, Emma’s pale blue, open-backed lace Christian Dior Couture gown was one of the best looks of the whole event. Teamed with a diamond choker and hair pulled back, she wowed everyone there.
Jessica Chastain: Never Shy
American actress Jessica Chastain has rightfully earned her place on the world’s most famous red carpets through her incredible acting abilities and impressive movie portfolio, including “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Interstellar,” and “The Martian.”
Jessica has never been one to shy away from the more daring, and sometimes over-the-top, red carpet looks. Her vibrant, canary Zac Posen custom gown at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, as pictured here, hugged her body in all the right places, then billowed out into an impressive flowy bottom. Flanked by Sean Penn and Brad Pitt, the actress was a shining star that turned heads the entire day.
Victoria Beckham: Chic and Sophisticated
She may have started out as “Posh Spice” in the popular British 90’s band “The Spice Girls” before marrying international soccer star David Beckham. Still, Victoria Beckham has since branched out Transitioning from the pop industry, she has her mark as a fashion designer, building an incredible empire and enjoying great international success.
It is no surprise then that she upped the style stakes at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival in the black and white jumpsuit pictured here. Victoria kept it simple but chic, her signature look. Nevertheless, she still caused a stir on the red carpet, with people unable to keep their eyes off her.
Eva Longoria: Plunging Silk
Of course, being the style icon that she is, Eva Longoria is featured multiple times in this article. This photograph shows her confidently walking on the red carpet and stunning the crowd in this custom Gabriela Cadena gown. The plunging white strapless silk dress fitted her perfectly and showed off all of her curves, and was adorned with pearl and Swarovski detailing.
The glamor that she’s oozing here was everything required for the notorious Cannes Film Festival. And the paparazzi couldn’t get enough of her look. She kept her hair, makeup, and accessories simple, so the main focus was on her figure-hugging dress.
Diane Kruger: A Style Goddess
Diane Kruger is a German-American actress and former fashion model who made it big in 2004 when she played Helen in the Hollywood blockbuster “Troy,” which also starred Brad Pitt and Orlando Bloom. Since then, she’s added an impressive list of films to her portfolio, including Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglorious Bastards.”
Pictured here at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, Diane dared to bare her back in this sensational blue Prada gown. The flowing nature of the dress, together with her relaxed hairdo, made Kruger look like a goddess, and the sequins and intricate beading gave it extra pizzazz that caught everyone’s eyes.
Salma Hayek: Champagne Silk
Mexican actress and producer Salma Hayek began her career in a Mexican telenovela before moving to Hollywood to try and enter into the American movie industry. She did just that, and has since enjoyed great success, starring in multiple films such as “Dogma,” “Wild Wild West,” and “From Dusk’ Til Dawn.”
Salma has also been hailed as a fashion icon. Needless to say, she easily held onto this title at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, as pictured here. Her champagne silk Gucci Premiere gown featured a bodice embroidered with silver beads, sequins, and crystals to give it that glamorous finish. She complimented it with some statement jewelry, ensuring she turned heads wherever she went.
Rachel McAdams: Focus on the Dress
American actress Rachel McAdams shot to fame as a result of her role in the cult movie “Mean Girls,” starring alongside actresses Lindsay Lohan and Tina Fey. Rachel went on to star in other Hollywood box office hits, including “The Notebook,” “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” and “The Vow.”
Pictured here at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011, Rachel looked incredible in a red Marchesa dress with sheer and lace detailing all over. Her decision to forgo jewelry and keep her hair and makeup simple, allowed the intricate details on the dress to be the focus and no doubt that it did.
Rachel Weisz: Simple Yet Stunning
Rachel Weisz is a British actress, but she has gained a huge amount of popularity since she made the trip across the Atlantic to America. Since then, she has become a critically acclaimed actress and Academy Award winner. During this time, her style has evolved, and she found herself being admired for her fashion sense as well as her acting skills.
Let’s take the outfit in this picture as an example. At the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, Rachel modeled a satin Prada gown that was simple and conservative, yet stunning. Rachel’s beauty speaks for itself, and she felt no need to bare any skin, apart from a subtle slit down her chest.
Kerry Washington: Ivory and Embroidery
Kerry Washington is an American actress who has had quite an impressive run in her career, starring in a multitude of hit TV series and movies such as “Scandal,” “Ray,” “Fantastic Four,” “Django Unchained,” “The Last King of Scotland” and “30,000 Leagues Under the Sea”.
Kerry was photographed at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009, wearing a beautiful Zuhair Murad gown that flattered her curves perfectly. The stunning ivory fishtail dress was finished with embroidered blue flowers, which was stunning and caught people’s eyes. Although Kerry usually gets her fashion choices right, this one was definitely one for the books.
Bella Hadid: No Slowing Down
It’s now time for international supermodel Bella Hadid’s second entry in this article. Here, she’s wearing a Cavalli Couture gown and de Grisogono jewelry, as she walks the red carpet at a star-studded event. The detail is exquisite, and the structure of the design draws attention.
Bella, together with sister and fellow supermodel Gigi, has risen in the ranks of high fashion, fronting campaigns for fashion powerhouses such as Tom Ford and Dior. With the sisters inheriting their beauty and passion for modeling from their mother, Yolanda, there’s no slowing down the sisters..
As one of the most renowned supermodels in the world, British-born Naomi Campbell can pull off just about any outfit. It’s no surprise, therefore, that she is featured on this list. She is pictured here on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010 dressed in custom Roberto Cavalli.
The dress fit her perfectly, and the gold-tone dress worked flawlessly with her unblemished complexion and skin tone. She teamed it with jewelry and a clutch bag in the same colors, which complemented the dress perfectly. She was listed as one of the best-dressed celebrities at the festival that year.
Margot Robbie is an Australian actress and film producer who initially found fame in the popular Australian soap opera “Neighbours.” She’s come a long way since then and has found international fame since moving to Los Angeles, starring in blockbuster movies such as “Suicide Squad,” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” and “I, Tonya.” She has also been hailed as one of the most beautiful and most fashionable celebrities.
In this photograph, Margot is wearing a Chanel Fall 2015 white gown featuring an embellished frill, which dazzles up the monotone dress fabulously. The actress also wore Roger Vivier Es’s sensual satin sandals to the 90th Annual Academy Awards in 2018.
Emily Ratajkowski: The Glitz and the Glamor
Emily Ratajkowski has already been featured on this list, but as one of the most famous models in the world, it’s hardly that surprising. She is not known for the most conservative red carpet looks, but her outfits always cause much excitement.
This yellow satin number was no exception, and it’s clear that she felt confident as she walked down the red carpet in it. The dramatic split and plunging neckline certainly caught everyone’s eye, and the sparkling detail down the middle of the top added that extra glitz and glamor to attract much attention.
Fan Bingbing: Another Daring Look
Chinese actress, model, television producer, and singer Fan Bingbing has been listed as the highest-paid celebrity in the Forbes China Celebrity 100 list for four years in a row, after ranking in the top 10 every year since 2006. It’s safe to say, therefore, that she’s been successful in her career, but she also always rules the red carpet in elaborately elegant gowns.
Here, she’s pictured in a sheer, floral Marchesa gown, complete with a flower crown. We have seen Bingbing in some daring looks, but this one is perhaps her boldest yet, and it certainly caused quite a thrill.
Penelope Cruz: Radiant and Regal
It probably won’t come as much of a surprise that Spanish actress Penelope Cruz is appearing on this list more than one time. After all, she’s not only a fashion icon but also a clothes designer. She is pictured in this photograph walking the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008, looking both radiant and regal in a white Marchesa gown.
The Grecian-inspired gown had a deep drop in the back, and the straps were completely covered in small crystals. The Spanish beauty accessorized her look with sparkling Chopard diamond earrings, a bracelet, a ring, and a dazzling smile.
Alessandra Ambrosio: Slaying the Red Carpet
Alessandra Ambrosio is a Brazilian television personality and model who is best known for her work with Victoria’s Secret. In fact, she was chosen by the company as the first spokesmodel for its PINK line. She has also been involved with designers such as Dior, Balmain, and Givenchy.
Alessandra really knows how to make a statement on the red carpet like no other, and her outfit in this photograph really was show-stopping. The bottom half of the embellished Zuhair Murad Couture ballgown combined pants and a skirt for added drama, and the look was finished with a stunning Bulgari serpentine necklace that complemented the dress perfectly.
Audrey Tautou: Directing Attention
French actress and model Audrey Tautou grew up in the modeling world, having worked for designer labels such as Chanel, Montblanc, and L’Oréal, so she is no stranger to wearing chic, designer clothes. At the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, she wowed the crowds in a vibrant pink and red Prada dress. Her hair-style was relaxed, allowing all attention to be on the dress.
After appearing in a number of French films, Audrey shot to international fame in 2001 for her role in the movie “Amelie,” which was followed by blockbusters such as “Priceless,” “The Da Vinci Code” and “A Very Long Engagement.”