40+ Unforgettable Red Carpet Looks That Shocked The Public

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During awards season, we see many red-carpet events on TV, and with them comes the excitement of seeing what people will wear. There are always the celebrities that continually play it safe, and then there are ones that you can count on to wear something outrageous. From Lady Gaga to Kim Kardashian, there is anticipation to see what looks they will pull out for each event. We have found the most eye-catching looks that caused a stir and will make you question how they didn’t have a fashion accident throughout the evening.

1. Irina Shayk

The Sports Illustrated and Victorias Secret Model, Irina Shayk turned heads in this Versace dress at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscars party. 

Irina Shayk

The gorgeous model was able to rock this look without having anything pop out. She was definitely the most skin-baring look of the night, and the dress/catsuit enhanced every curve on her body. 

2. Kate Upton

Kate Upton is known for turning out sultry red-carpet looks, and she never fails to impress. For the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar After-Party, she donned this sleek Victoria Beckham design that hugged her curves. 

Kate Upton

Upton teamed this eye-popping look with large diamond and emerald earrings as well as blood-red lipstick. This classic beauty could turn heads in pretty much anything she wears. 

3. Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian is always one to watch in fashion, and she wowed fans when she stepped onto the 2014 MTV VMA red carpet in this beaded Balmain dress. The plunging neckline required a lot of tape to keep everything in place under the dress. 

Kim Kardashian

Kardashian left her hair in loose waves and added black sandals. Kim said it was so uncomfortable to duct tape her chest, so she eventually created her own fashion tape that would be more comfortable. 

4. Ashley Graham

As one of the most well-known models in the industry and someone who preaches body-positivity, Ashley Graham is always exciting to see on the red carpet. She stunned in this Hugo Boss number with a plunging neckline and thigh-slit at the GQ Men Of The Year Awards In 2016. 

Ashley Graham

The brunette bombshell added a choker and small earrings so that all eyes would be on her stunning figure. Graham never fails to shock people with her incredible looks. 

5. Miranda Kerr

Miranda Kerr looks absolutely gorgeous in this KaufmanFranco gown that was custom made for her. It shows off her toned body, and the red is fantastic on her skin tone. She wore this for the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party, and people were in awe. 

Miranda Kerr

Kerr paired this look with strappy Loubitons and a Swarovski clutch. This look makes her eyes look especially green and bright. We can’t get over how good she looked. 

6. Aishwarya Rai

This is as if Cinderella’s gown was brought to life. Indian actress Aishwarya Rai could not have looked more like a fairytale fantasy in this Michael Cinco lilac gown for the 2017 Cannes Festival. 

Aishwarya Rai

All eyes were on Rai, and rightfully so. This gown did not need any accessories, and we can’t get over how perfect it is. Where can we buy one to wear around the house and feel like a real like princess? 

7. Rita Ora

The British Singer loves to change up her look and try out new styles, and she did not disappoint at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Rita Ora wore this slinky Donna Karen Atelier gown that barely covered all her assets. 

Rita Ora

Ora had to be very careful that she didn’t have a fashion malfunction, but she looked amazing nonetheless. She added a diamond choker and lots of rings to elevate this stunning dress. 

8. Amber Rose

Amber Rose rarely cares what people think of her, and she is not afraid to wear some daring outfits. For the 2017 MTV Movie Awards, she wore this plunging two-piece look that showed off her curvy body. 

Amber Rose

She kept all eyes on her outfit by pairing the look with thin diamond hoops and a few rings. Rose wears whatever makes her feel confident, and we commend her for this outlook. 

9. Gigi Hadid

Whenever Gigi Hadid steps onto a red carpet, you know she is going to look terrific. For the 2015 amfAR Gala, she wore this Tom Ford plunging gown that also showed off her long legs. 

Gigi Hadid

Is there anything that Gigi Hadid doesn’t look good in? The model could wear a potato sack, and everyone would still gawk over her. 

10. Chrissy Teigan

This Yousef Akbar dress that Chrissy Teigan wore to the 2016 American Music Awards was one that people will never forget because she had an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction. People got to see a little more of Teigan than they had bargained for. 

Chrissy Teigan

Despite flashing everyone, Teigan looked drop-dead gorgeous in this gown with its super-high slit. She paired it with different necklaces and gold bangles, but her legs were the real stars of the show. 

11. Fan Bingbing

This look is unique and exquisite. Fan Bingbing, a Chinese actress, known for her role in X-Men: Days of Future Past donned this floral Marchesa gown. She topped the look off with a matching flower crown. 

Fan Bingbing

This look is bold yet delicate and looks effortless on Bingbing. She has become one of China’s most high-profile celebrities, and she is known for her daring red carpet looks. 

12. Lady Gaga

From arriving in an egg to wearing a dress made of raw meat, Lady Gaga is unpredictable when it comes to her red carpet looks. For the 2015 Grammys, Gaga was slightly more tame in this Brandon Maxwell sparkly gown. 

Lady Gaga

It featured a plunging neckline and thigh-high slit. To complete this dazzling look, she added a large emerald necklace from Lorraine Schwartz and silver sandals. 

13. Alessandra Ambrosio

The Victoria’s Secret model knows how to strut her stuff, so when it comes to a red carpet, Alessandra Ambrosio always slays. For the 2016 Cannes Festival, she wore this unique Zuhair Murad Couture ballgown that combined pants and a skirt in the lower half. 

Alessandra Ambrosio

This look was topped off with the stunning Bulgari Serpenti necklace and a bold red lip. Ambrosio stole the show when it came to fashion that night because of this innovative design. 

14. Madonna

Madonna has been wearing iconic looks since the beginning of her career, so it is always exciting to see what she will wear next. For the 2015 Grammys, she wore this Givenchy bodysuit that’s had intricate beading and lace work. 

Madonna

It was definitely a look no one would forget, and she felt confident in the bold number. Madonna paired it with thigh-high leather boots, fishnets, and a unique hat. 

15. Kendall Jenner

With a body like Kendall Jenner, we would want to show it off all the time too. At the 2017 Met Gala, Kendell Jenner wore this La Perla gown that showed off her toned figure and long legs. She topped many best-dressed lists in this barely-there gown. 

Kendall Jenner

Jenner added a red lip and loose waves to make sure all eyes were on this detailed gown. All eyes were on her that evening, and we can see why. 

16. Beyonce

For the 2015 Met Gala, Beyonce wore this detailed Givenchy nude illusion gown that had beautiful stones all over. Although she showed up late to the red carpet, it did not stop her from turning heads. 

Beyonce

She wore her hair in an ultra-high ponytail and let the dress shine. All the stones had to be in the right place because there was no room for error. Beyonce never disappoints with her red carpet looks. 

17. Gabrielle Union

We aren’t sure how we feel about this gown, but it is definitely a daring look. Gabrielle Union wore this Jean-Paul Gaultier gown that featured a large cutout on her stomach and an extremely high slit. 

Gabrielle Union

For the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar party she teamed this geometric gown with small earrings and strappy sandals. Union is never afraid to take a fashion risk. 

18. Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez looks like a bronzed goddess in this Julian MacDonald gown that she wore for the 2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards. The silver laser cut design complemented her golden complexion perfectly. 

Jennifer Lopez

Few people can pull off this eye-catching look like J.Lo. She kept her hair in a sleek bun with matching earrings and platform sandals to accentuate her legs. 

19. Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj is a celebrity who loves to show off her curves on the red carpet. She always wears eye-catching gowns like this Jeremy Scott number that she wore to the 2016 Met Gala. 

Nicki Minaj

The Met is the perfect place to experiment with fashion, and this buckled gown is perfect for her.  She had matching gloves to complete the ensemble. 

20. Emily Ratajkowski

Most of the time, you can find Emily Ratajkowski nearly nude, so she is not known for her conservative looks. For the 2017 Golden Globes, she wore this yellow Reem Acra gown that featured an extreme plunging neckline and a thigh-high slit. 

Emily Ratajkowski

The gown hat a glimmering necktie that barely preserved her modesty. This was the year Ratajkowski flashed her underwear when a gut of wind blew her dress out of place. 

21. Ciara

This look was iconic and over the top for Ciara. She wore this Alexandre Vauthier Haute Couture silky dress for the 206 Grammys. The ultra-high slit and plunging neckline left little to the imagination, but her toned figure was on display. 

Ciara

The dress was covered in intricate beading, so she kept the accessories small. She added Norman Silverman jewels and strappy sandals. 

22. Taraji P. Henson

For the 2018 Oscars, Taraji P. Henson did not disappoint in this custom Vera Wang gown. The hand draped fabric with a keyhole neckline and high slit look stunning on her body.

Taraji P. Henson

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Henson loves to be adventurous with fashion, and it is always fun to see what she will wear next. In an interview on the carpet, she said the slit could have gone higher because she is not afraid to take it to the next level. 

23. Bella Hadid

Bella Hadid put everything on display in this Givenchy barely-there gown that she wore for the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. She kept her accessories simple because she had to focus on not flashing the crowd. 

Bella Hadid

Hadid’s dress looks oddly similar to the dress Rita Ora wore in 2014. We bet they were put on a “who wore it better” list. 

24. Irina Shayk

It is no surprise the flawless model can pull off any look. Irina Shayk wore this yellow Versace gown at the 2017 Cannes Festival, and it hugged her body perfectly. 

Irina Shayk

This is what she looked like two months after giving birth, and we are shook. How does she always look so effortless and beautiful? It is a real talent. 

25. Penelope Cruz

Penelope Cruz knows how to bring the glamour to every red carpet she attends. At the 2011 Cannes red carpet, she wore this intricate Marchesa gown that had gem details with a tulle overlay. 

Penelope Cruz

Cruz completed this fabulous look with a bedazzled clutch and hanging earrings. She also swept her brunette locks into a high ponytail so everyone could see the beauty of her face and dress. 

26. Sofia Vergara

The Columbian funny girl, Sofia Vergara, is another celebrity known for her voluptuous curves. At the 2014 NBC Golden Globes After Party, she rocked this Zuhair Murad beaded gown with a deep neckline. 

Sofia Vergara

This gunmetal colored dress complimented Vergara’s skin tone well. She decided to keep the look simple with just a pop of color on her lips and no jewelry. 

27. Diane Kruger

Diane Kruger bared her back in this sensation Prada gown that featured the most exquisite beading. It had a see-through panel along the leg and it was a perfect mix of risque and elegance. 

Diane Kruger

As soon as she stepped on the carpet, everyone was gasping at how gorgeous Kruger looked. Her hair was styled in effortless waves swept off her face, and the dress was paired with delicate jewels and a sapphire blue clutch. 

28. Naomi Campbell

If the Oscars statue came to life, this is probably what it would look like. Naomi Campbell looks like a golden goddess in this Roberto Cavalli number that she wore for the 2010 Cannes red carpet. 

Naomi Campbell

The golden dress complimented Campbell’s skin tone seamlessly. She perfectly accessorized the dress with gold jewelry and a gold beaded clutch. There is no question why she became one of the most notable super models. 

29. Jenna Dewan

This wine-colored, figure-hugging gown by Pamella Roland was the perfect dress for Jenna Dewan. The gold accents and thigh-high slit took this dress to the next level and she couldn’t have looked more amazing. 

Jenna Dewan

Dewan strutted in this dress to the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party, and all eyes were on her. She kept the rest of the look toned-down with gold sandals and matching wine-colored lipstick. 

30. Victoria Beckham

While most people associate Victoria Beckham with the Spice Girls, she has also made her mark as a fashion icon. She is never afraid to wear something outside of the box, and we see that with this jumpsuit she wore for the 2016 Cannes Festival. 

Victoria Beckham

Beckham kept it simple yet chic, and she designed this herself under her fashion label. She will always live up to her Posh Spice legacy with her outstanding fashion choices. 

31. Nicole Kidman

For the 2014 Cannes red carpet, Nicole Kidman looked opulent in this exquisite Armani Prive gown. The entire dress was covered in detailed gem work that looked amazing against her pale skin. 

Nicole Kidman

This gown was amazing on its own, so Kidman only added a small bracelet. We can only imagine how heavy this gown was because of all the gems. 

32. Paz Vega

The Spanish actress looked angelic for the 2013 Cannes red carpet in this Roberto Cavalli gown that was covered in delicate beading. Paz Vega showed off her legs with the sheer skirt. 

Paz Vega

Vega paired the gown with champagne colored heels and a gold clutch. Her brunette locks looked luscious as they swept to one side. 

33. Zhang Ziyi

Zhang Ziyi is one of the top actresses from China, and once she rose to fame, designers were eager to work with her. For the 2014 Cannes Festival, she wore this futuristic Stephanie Rolland gown. 

Zhang Ziyi

The bodice of this dress looked like each piece of black fabric was cut and stuck to her body in the most beautiful way. Ziyi was a fashion standout for the red carpet that year. 

34. Blake Lively

Blake Lively always looks polished and perfected when she hits the red carpet, and the 2014 Cannes carpet was no different. She wore this Gucci black and white gown that was simple yet bold. 

Blake Lively

To make her look pop, Lively added a red lip and diamond and ruby jewelry. She proved that monochrome looks can still be exciting. 

35. Samara Weaving

The stunning Samara Weaving caught everyone’s eyes when she stepped onto the red carpet at the 2018 Oscars. She wore this coral-colored Schiaparelli gown with a plunging neckline and beaded waist. 

Samara Weaving

Weaving kept her makeup neutral and added matching earrings. She let the dress be the star of the show and it looked fantastic on her fit figure. 

36. Eiza Gonzalez

The Mexican actress wowed everyone in this elegant yet straightforward yellow Ralph Lauren gown for the 2018 Oscars. The yellow looked fantastic on her golden skin, and she paired it with a pinkish-orange lip. 

Eiza Gonzalez

Gonzalez kept the look simple and it worked so well for one of her first major red carpets. We can’t wait to see what looks she pulls out in the future. 

37. Nicole Kidman

“Hehehe, I look so pretty.” That is probably what Nicole Kidman was thinking in this Armani Prive dress for the 2018 Oscar red carpet. The cobalt blue gown flattered her skin tone so well, and she accessorized with diamond jewels. 

Nicole Kidman

Kidman also showed off her long toned legs with a slit. She was one of the most talked-about actresses on the red carpet because of this breathtaking gown.  

38. Charlize Theron

The stunning South African actress looks like a vision in this canary yellow gown by Christian Dior at the 2015 Cannes Festival. Charlize Theron showed off her toned figure in this structured dress that perfectly hugged her in all the right places. 

Charlize Theron

Theron kept the gown as the statement piece for the look by keeping jewels minimal and pulling her hair into a low up-do. 

39. Gal Gadot

The Wonder Woman star looked fabulous in this glittering gown by Givenchy. Gal Gadot was styled by Mark Townsend for the Oscars and she wowed everyone once she hit the red carpet. 

Gal Gadot

All eyes were on Gal in this flapper-inspired outfit with a plunging neckline and dark metallic fringe on the bottom. The dress was paired with a longer necklace and a dark lip to compliment her skin tone. 

40. Jennifer Lawrence

There is rarely a time where Jennifer Lawrence doesn’t look perfect on the red carpet. For the 2018 Oscars, she donned a fitted Dior gown that featured a corset top that flattered her figure so well. 

Jennifer Lawrence

Lawrence wore her hair in loose waves and kept her jewelry minimal to make sure the dress got to shine. The metallic gown looked amazing in person and on camera, which can sometimes be difficult with reflective materials. 

41. Priyanka Chopra

For the 2017 Oscars, Priyanka Chopra wore this geometric structured Ralph &Russo gown. The futuristic bodice featured nude-illusion panels that made it look like the fabric was held up by nothing. 

Priyanka Chopra

The gown was fitted all the way down, and she looked statuesque. Chopra embellished the ensemble with diamonds worth over $5 million and a sleek deep side-part. 

42. Kendall Jenner

When Kendall Jenner steps onto a red carpet, it is always exciting to see what she will be wearing. For the 2017 Cannes Festival, she stepped out in this Giambattista Valli asymmetrical gown that showed off all her best assets. 

Kendall Jenner

Jenner’s long legs were on display, and she looked so confident. She wore her hair in a sleek bun with minimal accessories because this gown was a significant statement. 

43. Gal Gadot

Gal Gadot’s signature color should be red because this looks like perfection on her. At the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party, she wore this Armani Prive gown that brought out her inner super hero. 

Gal Gadot

The sparkling fabric was draped on her with ease, and the Mediterranean beauty turned it out! She kept her makeup more natural and added some simple jewels. 

44. Emma Stone

Emma Stone is a constant on red carpets because of her uber-successful career. For the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, she sported this Christian Dior Couture gown with an open back and lace detailing. 

Emma Stone

Stone wore her hair in a low up-do and added a linked choker. She looked like a delicate angel as she floated effortlessly across the carpet. 

45. Jessica Chastain

The red-headed beauty, Jessica Chastain, was escorted along the 2011 Cannes red carpet by her Tree of Life ​co-stars, Brad Pitt and Sean Penn. She wore this lemon yellow Zac Posen gown that complimented her hair color perfectly. 

Jessica Chastain

Chastain had her shining star moment in this fantastic gown that fit her like a glove. She paired it with a pink lip color, small earrings, and a delicate diamond bracelet. 

46. Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria was a vision in white for the 2014 Cannes Festival. She floated along the red carpet in this Gabriela Cadena custom gown that was accented by pearl and Swarovski details. 

Eva Longoria

The strapless fitted gown hugged Longoria’s curved and made her golden skin glow. The outfit was accessorized with minimal jewelry and natural makeup. 

47. Salma Hayek

Selma Hayek is an ageless vision, and she knows how to stand out on a red carpet filled with other stars. For the 2011 Cannes Festival, she wore this Gucci Premiere silver gown with a hand-beaded bodice. 

Salma Hayek

Hayek is a star on all levels and has had a widely successful career. She has starred in movies such as From Dusk Till DawnFrida, and Wild Wild West. It is always fun to see what she will wear to the next red carpet. 

48. Rachel McAdams

The Mean Girls star, Rachel McAdams shot to fame for the cult classic movie and has been appearing on red-carpets ever since. At the 2011 Cannes Film Festival she looked fierce in this nude-illusion red Marchesa dress. 

Rachel McAdams

McAdams kept her jewelry exceptionally minimal and wore her hair in large Hollywood waves. The dress was so intricate she wanted to keep that the main focus instead of accessories. 

49. Rachel Weisz

Rachel Weisz is known for her role in The Mummy, and the British beauty knows how to work a red carpet. She chose a more modest look for the 2015 Cannes festival with this satin Prada gown. 

Rachel Weisz

Over the years, her style has evolved greatly, and this was an interesting choice. She paired this simple gown with a matching clutch and bejeweled earrings. 

50. Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington has been noted for her exceptional fashion choices throughout her career, and women look to her as a style icon. For the 2009 Cannes Festival, she wore this ivory and navy detailed Zuhair Murad gown. 

Kerry Washington

The mermaid style gown looked terrific on Washington’s natural curves. The Scandal star added a diamond cuff and earrings to amplify this fantastic outfit. 

51. Bella Hadid

As someone who models for major fashion houses like Tom Ford and Dior, Bella Hadid always has a list of people who want to dress her for red carpets. She wore a Cavalli Couture gown for the 2016 Cannes festival and accented it with Grisogono jewelry. 

Bella Hadid

The beaded gown featured a plunging neckline with criss-cross detailing. She kept her hair slicked back with natural makeup. Bella is naturally beautiful and likes to keep things minimal on the red carpet. 

52. Margot Robbie

We would be surprised if someone found a red carpet look that Margot Robbie didn’t rock. For the 2018 Oscars, she wore this white Chanel gown that was embellished with frill to spice up the white dress. 

Margot Robbie

Robbie kept her hair short hair sleek and simple and let the dress shine. This gown looked stunning from every angle and proved that she is always one to watch on the red carpet. 

53. Emily Ratajkowski

The Cannes festival in France is a place where people can create major fashion moments. In 2017, Emily Ratajkowski wore this Peter Dundas lace gown that was elegant and showed off her figure in all the right places. 

Emily Ratajkowski

Her phenomenal figure was on display, and everyone was obsessed with this gown. She kept the focus on the dress by sweeping her hair back and adding small gold earrings. 

54. Penelope Cruz

Penelope Cruz strutted down the 2008 Cannes Festival red carpet in this Grecian-inspired gown by Marchesa. The white dress features an embellished crystal strap and draped neckline as well as a drop n the back. 

Penelope Cruz

Cruz kept her look simple with Chopard diamond earrings, a bracelet, and a ring. She always looks effortless, and it showed with this simple yet elegant look. 

55. Audrey Tautou

French actress and model, Audrey Tautou is used to wearing designer gowns as she grew up in the fashion world. At the 2013 Cannes Festival, she wore a hot pink Prada gown that was accented with light pink details. 

Audrey Tautou

Tautou’s short hair and downplayed makeup let the gown stand out. She shot to international fame with her roles in The Da Vinci Code and A Very Long Engagement. 

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