With the Oscars coming up this weekend, we're pondering on our favorite red carpet dress looks from over the years. And with last year's show being held virtually because of the pandemic, we're expecting to see bigger and better looks than ever before. But what's the standard that needs to be beaten?
Well, research conducted by SaveOnEnergy (opens in new tab) looked at 50 awards season dresses to find out which would be voted the most iconic red carpet dress of all time. The company also found that 7 in 10 women say that seeing a celebrity in a vintage or recycled outfit encourages them to think about sustainable living shop more secondhand.
Taking the top spot for the most iconic red carpet dress ever is none other than Jennifer Aniston in vintage John Galliano for Christian Dior at the 2020 SAG Awards—one of her many iconic red carpet looks. Keep reading for the top 10 most iconic vintage gowns to have ever graced the red carpet.
The most iconic red carpet dress looks of all time
These are the most iconic award season red carpet dresses of all time. Because there's nothing quite like a little red carpet nostalgia...
1. Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston in the aforementioned John Galliano gown for Christian Dior, at the 2020 SAG Awards.
2. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen also in John Galliano for Christian Dior at the 2015 Met Gala Ball.
3. Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon wore this beautiful 1955 vintage Christian Dior gown to the Oscars in 2006.
4. Kim Kardashian
Yet another ranking for John Galliano for Christian Dior, Kim Kardashian wore this vintage number from 1997 on the American Influencer Awards red carpet in 2019.
5. Kate Moss
Kate Moss wore this black feathered gown on the red carpet at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.
6. Amal Clooney
Amal Clooney attended a dinner celebrating The Prince's Trust at Buckingham Palace in 2019 wearing this beautiful Jean-Louis Scherrer by Stephanie Rolland gown.
7. Renée Zellweger
This 1950s yellow gown by Jean Dessès was worn by Renée Zellweger on the 2001 Oscars red carpet.
8. Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman wore this red polka dot Christian Dior number from 1954 to the 2012 Oscars. The dress was then sold at auction for $50,000 later that year!
9 & 10. Jennifer Lopez
Tying in ninth place is Jennifer Lopez's vintage pastel green Valentino gown from the 73rd Oscars in 2003.
9 & 10. Julia Roberts
The other vintage dress in ninth and tenth place is also by Valentino, a monochrome ballgown worn by Julia Roberts to the Oscars in 2001.
Don't know about you, but we do love a vintage ballgown!
Which of these iconic red carpet looks is your favorite?
Lucy is a beauty journalist who has written for titles including Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, OK!, woman&home and Women's Health, as well as regularly contributing to My Imperfect Life. Her work covers everything from skin and haircare tips to trying and testing the latest beauty launches, and interviewing celebrities and experts. A certified dog person, her other interests include mental wellbeing, books, piña coladas and not getting caught in the rain.
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