The Golden Globes have been taking place every year since 1944. This award show is organised by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to celebrate the golden and silver screen's finest accomplishments of the year. Most of us, however, hold watch parties for the Globes for the sake of eye candy, whether you admit it or not. Watching and critiquing the star-studded red carpet is indeed a guilty pleasure for all. It's particularly fun to sit back and relax on the couch while admiring glamorised versions of our favourite Hollywood celebs. Their evening dresses enthuse headlines, the same way the award winners do. Over the years, this award show has produced some iconic fashion moments that have stood the test often. We are feeling a little nostalgic today, so let’s throw it back and admire the most memorable jaw-dropping gowns of all time.
The early years of Hollywood are defined by looks that fall in the iconic style that we now characterise as old Hollywood glam. Elizabeth Taylor’s Golden Globes look embodied this fully as she went all out with her gorgeous translucent floral embroidered swing-gown and added a tiara and door knocker earrings as finishing touches.
Hollywood’s sweetheart Marilyn Monroe received her Henrietta Award in a Norman Norell black sequined number that caught the light just right. In 1960, she wore a Champagne coloured white lace dress which she took to the next level with a fur coat. The original queens could do no wrong.
In these years, celebrities did not hold back at all as they stepped out in unconventional dresses that helped define the style of the era. In the 1973 show, American singer and actor popularly referred to as the Goddess of Pop, Cher stepped out wearing a groovy printed crop top and skirt. Her attire and bare midriff broke the headlines as this had never been done before. This diva added a a black biker leather jacket to her look for that extra oomph. Looking like she came out of Studio 54.
This decade was filled with stunning and timeless looks that could still easily appear on runways today. Hollywood icon, Elizabeth Taylor collected her Cecil B. Demille award in a sparkly jewel-laden black number with a plunging neckline. She surely caught everyone’s attention. The still relevant off the shoulder trend was embraced by Cybill Shepherd in 1986 when she took everyone’s breathes away in her blue velvet with a slit for days. Very importantly, let’s not forget when Tippi Hedren and Melanie Griffith became our twinning goals when they slew the red carpet in their similar rainbow glittery gowns.
Minimalistic gowns with simple silhouettes took over the 90's, and we aren't complaining. It gives us a number of beautiful gowns with clean lines. Hollywood's beloved, Audrey Hepburn kicked off this trend by wearing a very simple straight white satin gown, teaching us all a valuable lesson. Less is more! The skirt suit trend also made a comeback when Hollywood’s fresh face, Julia Roberts accepted her award in a two-piece navy-blue pinstripe suit. In 1995, supermodel Kate Moss’ Julie Christie-inspired figure-hugging black sequined dress was all the rage.
Being in Television’s most famous TV show, Sex and the City, all eyes were on Sarah Jessica Parker, and she surely did not disappoint. The fashion icon chose an elegant-full-length Richard Tyler tulle gown that stole the show. Kate Hudson turns many heads as she broke all red-carpet rules by showing up in a sexy black halter neck dress. Breaking all norms while looking like a vision. 2007 was the year the music industry’s darlings took over all the headlines. Beyoncé shone like no other in her gold sequined Ellie Saab dress with a deep neckline. Queen Bey can do no wrong! Similarly, pop singer, Jennifer Lopez bared one shoulder with her black shift dressed bedazzled with golden embroidery.
Looking like her absolute best, in 2011, one of Hollywood’s best actresses, Anna Hathaway wore an elegant yet alluring Armani Privé gown with her back bare. This dress was drenched in sequins and also had puff shoulders with long sleeves. Golden Globes first timer, Lupita Nyong'o walked the red carpet she owned it in 2014. Her enchanting red long sleeve dress had us all feeling some way. We can never forget Lady Gaga’s iconic red-carpet moment in 2016 when she wore a rather understated Atelier Versace gown than we would expect from her. It was still unforgettable as he looked seemed to be paying homage to Marilyn Monroe. And how could we forget to include Emma Stone's classy star-spattered Valentino dress to match with her award-winning movie La La Land. City of Stars, indeed.