Audrey Hepburn, 1957
Hepburn insisted that Hubert de Givenchy design all her clothes for Funny Face , saying simply, “His are the only clothes in which I am myself." Good thing the producers agreed, because the designer’s red gown lent itself to the most unforgettable wardrobe moment of the film.
CHITA RIVERA, 1950S
Chita Rivera performed in the Broadway production ofWest Side Story wearing this vibrant red dress with lilac tulle ruffles underneath.
Bella Hadid, 2016
Granted, it was only two weeks ago, but we’re still thinking about the red dress ELLE’s June 2016 cover star wore at the Cannes Film Festival. It’s silk, it’s Alexandre Vauthier
Calvin Klein slipdress perfection.
NICOLE KIDMAN, 2007
Who could forget that oversize bow at the neck of this Balenciaga number Nicole wore for the Oscars?
JENNIFER LAWRENCE, 2011
2011 was one of those rare years when Jennifer Lawrence wasn’t nominated for an Oscar, but she still stole the headlines in this Calvin Klein Collection gown. Sleek, minimal, all-American greatness.
AMY SCHUMER, 2015
Channeling pal J.Law in a Calvin Klein dress of her own, Amy stepped out in one of her best looks to date.
SARAH JESSICA PARKER, 2011
Working the cape in Giambattista Valli. SJP has a lot of memorable red carpet moments, but this one is definitely top five.
MICHELLE OBAMA, 2013
The first lady made a bold move by wearing the same designer for her second inaugural ball as she did for the first (Jason Wu). The second time around, she chose a standout shade of"victory red" that’s carved a spot out in our memory for good.
For the 2013 Grammys, Rihanna chose an Azzedine Alaïa gown that’s ladylike and elegant but also wonderfully dramatic and showstopping with that train.
HEIDI KLUM, 2008
The statement shoulders of this Dior by John Galliano gown that Heidi wore to the 2008 Oscars were such an unexpected, high-impact detail.
PRINCESS DIANA, 1995
While married to Charles, Diana was supposed to wear British designers exclusively. But post-separation from Charles in 1992, she wore Italian labels like Versace and French designs, too—like this red dress by Christian Lacroix. (Note the perfectly matched shoes.)
EMMA STONE, 2012
Wearing a short dress to the Met Gala is pretty daring, but clearly Emma pulls it off in this Lanvin number. It’s one of her boldest red carpet looks, and we love it.
LUPITA NYONG’O, 2014
Lupita is a big fan of all brightly colored dresses, but this electric red Ralph Lauren gown is really something special.
MICHELLE WILLIAMS, 2012
Her saffron yellow gown from the 2006 Oscars is a crowd favorite, but this 2012 Oscars look by Louis Vuitton (with a super trendy peplum) was pretty unforgettable, too.
KATY PERRY, 2012
Katy Perry could’ve worn anything she wanted for the premiere of her documentaryPart of Me, but she chose this velvet Dolce & Gabbana dress, pairing it with purple hair for a truly striking look
Versace designed the looks for Beyoncé’s Mrs. Carter world tour, including this chiffon slit gown, which was one of the most memorable wardrobe moments.
BLAKE LIVELY, 2009
CHARLIZE THERON, 2016
Landing the first spot on ELLE.com’s Best Dressed listfrom this year’s Oscars, Charlize’s Dior is striking, but still simple and sleek.
AMAL CLOONEY, 2015
This was Amal’s first Met Gala, so naturally, everyone was so curious what she’d wear. (It’s John Galliano.)
JULIA ROBERTS, 1999
This dress was all over the papers, largely because when Julia Roberts waved to fans at the Notting Hill premiere in it, her grown-out armpit hair was snapped by the paparazzi. But the dress (combined with the shoes and updo!) is what we remember as one of our favorite late ’90s style moments.
JENNIFER ANISTON, 2013
Toning down her Valentino gown with girl-next-door hair for the Oscars. This is a seminal Jennifer Aniston look.