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20+ most iconic red carpet dresses

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20+ most iconic red carpet dresses

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20+ most iconic red carpet dresses

Best red carpet dresses: Michelle Williams

Who: Michelle Williams in Vera Wang Where: 2006 Oscars Everything about this look is perfect, from the bold yellow colour to the statement red lip—plus, of course, Michelle’s red carpet partner: the lovely late Heath Ledger. GALLERY: 20 best dressed women of all time

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20+ most iconic red carpet dresses

Best red carpet dresses: Elizabeth Hurley

Who: Elizabeth Hurley in Versace Where: 1994 premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral This famous frock—often referred to simply as “THAT dress”—became such a sensation that it earned its own Wikipedia entry. GALLERY: Celebrity style LBD inspiration

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20+ most iconic red carpet dresses

Best red carpet dresses: Gwyneth Paltrow

Who: Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford Where: 2012 Oscars Total elegance. This asymmetrical Tom Ford gown—paired with a cape (!) and minimal makeup—ensured that Gwyneth ruled the best-dressed list this awards season. GALLERY: Hollywood's most beautiful celebrities

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20+ most iconic red carpet dresses

Best red carpet dresses: Halle Berry

Who: Halle Berry in Elie Saab couture Where: 2002 Oscars Halle gave one of the most memorable acceptance speeches in Academy Award history—when she won Best Actress for Monster’s Ball—wearing this super distinctive Elie Saab gown, complete with transparent top. Put simply, we understand Adrien Brody’s, er, friendly onstage greeting kiss. GALLERY: The best short celebrity hairstyles

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20+ most iconic red carpet dresses

Best red carpet dresses: Reese Witherspoon

Who: Reese Witherspoon in Olivier Theyskens for Nina Ricci Where: 2007 Golden Globes For her first event after her divorce from Ryan Philippe, Reese Witherspoon’s fun, flirty outfit sent all the right signals—the dress eventually earned the moniker “Ryan Who?” GALLERY: 10 most iconic Oscar dresses

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20+ most iconic red carpet dresses

Best red carpet dresses: Jennifer Lopez

Who: Jennifer Lopez in Versace Where: 2000 Grammys JLo’s plunging Versace dress defied the laws of gravity and catapulted her to style superstardom. GALLERY: Jennifer Lopez's style evolution

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20+ most iconic red carpet dresses

Best red carpet dresses: Jennifer Lawrence

Who: Jennifer Lawrence in Calvin Klein Where: 2011 Oscars Back in 2011, JLaw was a relatively recent addition to the A-list. With this sexy yet simple dress, she staked a sartorial claim to greatness. GALLERY: Jennifer Lawrence's best fashion looks

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20+ most iconic red carpet dresses

Best red carpet dresses: Sharon Stone

Who: Sharon Stone in Vera Wang—and Gap Where: 1998 Oscars Sharon Stone paired her super chic Vera Wang skirt with a Gap button-down from her husband's closet—the ultimate meeting of high and low. GALLERY: Top 10 celebrity style must-haves

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20+ most iconic red carpet dresses

Best red carpet dresses: Kate Middleton

Who: Kate Middleton in Alexander McQueen Where: 2011 BAFTA party The Duchess of Cambridge wowed the stars at a Hollywood soirée celebrating British talent decked out in McQueen, one of her go-to fashion designers. GALLERY: Kate Middleton's 10 most memorable fashion moments

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20+ most iconic red carpet dresses

Best red carpet dresses: Uma Thurman

Who: Uma Thurman in Prada Where: 1995 Oscars In 1995, Uma Thurman was a newly minted A-lister thanks to her immediately iconic role in Pulp Fiction. Her minimalist lilac dress was an instant fashion smash. GALLERY: Red carpet worthy jewels

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20+ most iconic red carpet dresses

Best red carpet dresses: Beyoncé

Who: Beyoncé in Osman Where: 2013 Grammys When in doubt, try a jumpsuit—that’s fashion wisdom courtesy of Yoncé, who looked sleek in an edgy cool monochromatic jumpsuit. GALLERY: Beyoncé's style evolution

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20+ most iconic red carpet dresses

Best red carpet dresses: Mila Kunis

Who: Mila Kunis in Elie Saab Where: 2011 Oscars Mila Kunis may have been on the carpet for her dark psychological thriller Black Swan, but she looked the picture of romantic elegance in this floaty frock. GALLERY: Mila Kunis' style evolution

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20+ most iconic red carpet dresses

Best red carpet dresses: Nicole Kidman

Who: Nicole Kidman in Dior haute couture Where: 1997 Oscars 1997 was the year Titanic took home Best Picture honours, and Nicole Kidman was still married to Tom Cruise. The striking Aussie actress proved her fashion chops with this refined chartreuse gown. The best celebrity style evolutions

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20+ most iconic red carpet dresses

Best red carpet dresses: Scarlett Johannson

Who: Scarlett Johansson in Dolce & Gabbana Where: 2011 Oscars Newly single ScarJo stole the red carpet in this skin-tight purple gown. Wonder what Ryan Reynolds thought when he saw the best-dressed pics the next morning? GALLERY: Scarlett Johansson's best fashion looks

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20+ most iconic red carpet dresses

Best red carpet dresses: Julia Roberts

Who: Julia Roberts in Valentino Where: 2001 Oscars Julia Roberts accepted her Best Actress Oscar for Erin Brockovitch in this satin and velvet Valentino creation. GALLERY: 10 most iconic LBDs

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20+ most iconic red carpet dresses

Best red carpet dresses: Charlize Theron

Who: Charlize Theron in Gucci Where: 2004 Oscars Fashion star Charlize Theron takes home best-dressed honours—along with her Best Actress Oscar for Monster—in this sparkly gold Gucci gown. GALLERY: 10 celebrities with the best personal style

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20+ most iconic red carpet dresses

Best red carpet dresses: Rihanna

Who: Rihanna in custom Azzedine Alaïa Where: 2013 Grammys Rihanna toned down her signature edgy style for a more classically feminine dress in a notice-me hue. Everything about it works. GALLERY: Rihanna's best red carpet looks

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20+ most iconic red carpet dresses

Best red carpet dresses: Marion Cotillard

Who: Marion Cotillard in custom Jean Paul Gaultier Where: 2008 Oscars Mermaid couture? Whatever you call it, Marion’s iridescent Gaultier gown showcased her inimitable Gallic charm, and paired perfectly with her Oscar for La vie en rose. GALLERY: 10 celebrities with near-perfect skin

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20+ most iconic red carpet dresses

Best red carpet dresses: Diane Kruger

Who: Diane Kruger in Jason Wu Where: 2011 Met Ball gala The perennially chic Diane Kruger ruled the red carpet at the “fashion Oscars” in a high-waisted creation that looks elegant and edgy all at once. GALLERY: Craziest Met Gala looks of all time

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20+ most iconic red carpet dresses

Best red carpet dresses: Cate Blanchett

Who: Cate Blanchett Where: 2011 Oscars Cate Blanchett’s avant-garde lavender dress combined textural embellishments with a traditionally feminine hue. Call it fashion warrior chic of the first variety. GALLERY: Cate Blanchett's all-time best red carpet looks

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20+ most iconic red carpet dresses

Best red carpet dresses: Emma Stone

Who: Emma Stone in Lanvin Where: 2012 Golden Globes The colour! The cap sleeves! It girl actress Emma Stone looked polished and fashion-forward in this lovely Lanvin dress. GALLERY: Emma Stone's style evolution

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