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The most striking red carpet iconic dresses

Red carpet dressing is an art that may be taken for granted, but it is a difficult one to pull off with the number of fantastic creations out there. Whether it's a celebrity or a famous person waltzing on the floor, red carpet iconic dresses make a lasting impact on us for the creativity, boldness, and flair shown by their wearers and designers. We take a look at the most striking dresses to hit the red carpet of all times and those that made the headlines this year.

The line-up

  • The safety pin dress of Elizabeth Hurley

In 1994, former Estee Lauder spokesperson and model Elizabeth Hurley wore a stunning 'high octane' dress by Versace to the premiere showing of 'Four Weddings and A Funeral', a film which starred then boyfriend actor Hugh Grant.

  • Versace and Catherine Zeta-Jones

During the 1999 Oscars, Welsh actress, Catherine Zeta-Jones showed up in a stunning red gown by Versace.

  • Lady Gaga and Armani

Lady Gaga often wears red carpet iconic dresses, each one more outlandish than the other. In 2011, Giorgio Armani’s orbit dress made headlines when the Lady showed up at the Grammy Awards with an avant-garde futuristic dress.

  • Versace plunging gown on Jennifer Lopez

J Lo made news when she appeared at the 2000 Grammy Awards clad in a showy Versace gown. Hands down, the “barely there gown” was the dress of the season.

  • Elie Saab for Halle Berry

Another "barely there" dress that made a lot of commotion was the Elie Saab gown worn by actress Halle Berry during the Oscars award ceremonies in 2000. It was a superb creation and with Berry’s fantastic curves, the dress was an instant hit.

  • Art-deco creation for Cher

Cher was always known for her crazy, bombshell outfits. The Bob Mackie creation consisting of an outlandish head crown and peek-a-boo dress she wore in 1987 is an ensemble that is remembered.

  • Barbara Tfank dresses Michelle Obama

Who could forget the Barbara Tfank dress the American First Lady wore at Buckingham Palace in May 2011?

2012 headliners

Iconic dresses worth mentioning this year include:

  • Kate Middleton in a Jenny Packham gown, a flowing dress in jade green during the “Our Greatest Time Rises – BOA Olympic Concert”.
  • Angelina Jolie wearing an Atelier Versace off shoulder white gown with a red detailing during the Golden Globe Awards.
  • Kristen Stewart seen in a Zuhair Murad gown during the LA Premiere of "The Twilight Saga - Breaking Dawn Part II."
  • Gwyneth Paltrow looked stunning in a Tom Ford white gown during the 2012 Oscars ceremonies.
  • Diane Kruger outshone everyone at the Cannes Film Festival when she appeared in a stunning Vivienne Westwood gold-sequinned dress.

The art of red carpet dressing

There is something about red carpet dressing and iconic dresses that get us mesmerised. These celebrities and famous personages along with talented designers are responsible for that look that can make you stop dead in your tracks while ogling at the sheer creativity, sleekness, outrageousness or elegance of an outfit on them.

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