We’re days away from the 2014 Golden Globes, which means we’re entrenched more than ever in the past. Thankfully, we found another way to bask in our memories, which is to take a look at 15 of our favourite past Golden Globes dresses.
These looks are (in)famous, they prompted discussion, and – even if some are insanely ‘90s – we still want to wear them. Here are our picks for 15 of the most iconic Golden Globes looks ever.
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1. Halle Berry, 2000 Golden Globes
Arriving to claim her "Monster’s Ball" award in red and white Valentino, Halle Berry also landed herself on best-dressed lists world-over, thanks to its unique print and elegant cut. Since then, Berry’s consistently hit her red carpet styles out of the park. But then again, who are we to argue otherwise. (Since it’s about what the wearer likes, not about whether we think it’s “right” or “wrong.”)
2. Kerry Washington, 2013 Golden Globes
3. Emma Stone, 2011 Golden Globes
Emma Stone kept it simple in a pink-peach Calvin Klein sleeved dress, adding a casual touch to the formal evening. (Though heaven forbid she had done this at the Oscars, that is where serious business happens, you guys.) With her blond hair contrasting her dress’ colour, she also kept makeup minimal and accented only with a gold clutch; setting the mark for her Academy Awards look. (Which was also great.)
4. Kate Winslet, 1998 Golden Globes
Remember when Kate Winslet was condemned for wearing a tight, lace gown despite not being a size 00? (We do, because we were teens at the time and were psyched that a person who looked like an actual woman was hanging out on the Golden Globes red carpet.) Now, we think we can recognize the look for what it was: a game-changing challenge. Yes, you can have curves. Yes, you can wear a curve-hugging dress. Yes, you can pile your hair atop your head and give the masses something to write home about. Thank you, Ms. Winslet.
5. Gwyneth Paltrow, 1999 Golden Globes
Could anybody be cooler than Gwyneth Paltrow in 1999? Nope. With her stick straight hair, Calvin Klein tube top and taffeta skirt, she exuded “cool big sister” vibe, injecting youth into the Golden Globes and inspiring prom looks world-over. Where’s the Goop newsletter about that?
6. Angelina Jolie , 2011 Golden Globes
Narrowing down Angelina Jolie’s Golden Globe choices is the equivalent of narrowing down Angelina Jolie’s Golden Globe choices. Enter: 2011. The emerald, sleeved, shimmery Atelier Versace gown that divided the masses (or, anybody with an opinion). To some, it was too "Dynasty." To us, it is perfect. Colourful, vibrant, and a far cry from her black-heavy uniform, this dress was the equivalent of Jolie sticking out her leg and saying, “You got served.” (Though it was the next year when she actually did stick out her leg.)
7. Cameron Diaz , 2003 Golden Globes
We think we can all go ahead and assume fashion journalists were less-than-impressed with Cameron Diaz’s “fun,” and, well, short take on Golden Globe fashion in January 2003. But that’s exactly why it’s so iconic: it’s important to challenge the status quo, and it’s important to dress for yourself. Here, Cameron Diaz did exactly that – and frankly, more power to her.
8. Hilary Swank , 2005 Golden Globes
For the record, it’s not mandatory to dress to match your Golden Globe or eventual Oscar, but we're sure Hilary Swank’s copper Calvin Klein number didn’t exactly hurt her chances. And then what does she go and do? She one-ups herself at the Oscars a few weeks later with her long-sleeved, backless gown. (That Whitney Port eventually fell down in on an episode of "The Hills." #NeverForget)
9. Helen Mirren , 2007 Golden Globes
In her teal custom-made Donna Karan shimmery gown, Helen Mirren looked every bit the queen she won the Golden Globe for playing. The only thing missing were the corgis she hung out with in the movie. (And okay, fine, maybe the headscarf.)
10. Helena Bonham Carter, 1998 Golden Globes
Here’s somebody who doesn’t need your rules: Helena Bonham Carter, who showed up on the 1998 Golden Globes red carpet proving she wasn’t interested in dressing for anybody but herself. It may not have been an overly popular look, but considering she’s cultivated an image defined by originality, there’s something about seeing one of her first appearances and knowing exactly where it’d end up.
11. Nicole Kidman, 2002 Golden Globes
A year after her divorce from Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman transformed from an actor with an already on-point style history to a full-on fashion force. Gone was her modest cuts and egomaniacal husband – Nicole Kidman had arrived. And she did so in strapless Versace and a choker. (You know, to claim an award.)
12. Kate Moss, 1997 Golden Globes
The only thing to eclipse the arrival of Johnny Depp and Kate Moss as a couple in 1997 was her well-fitted, high-necked, long-sleeved, floor-length black sequin gown. (Whew.) And no, never forget that Ms. Moss and Johnny D. were once an item.
13. Charlize Theron, 2004 Golden Globes
This just in: pastel yellow chiffon is exactly the breath of fresh air necessary for a cold, January night – you know, the type the Golden Globes tend to air on. So to help remind viewers that spring eventually presents itself, Theron debuted a Dior gown that has since been hailed by fashion critics as one of her finest style moments. The others? Basically anything else she chooses to wear.
14. Scarlett Johansson, 2006 Golden Globes
There’s a reason red, silhouette-highlighting dresses have worked since the 1940s: they make an impact. So to let her Valentino gown speak for itself, Johansson opted to keep accessories, makeup, and even hair to a minimum. Who needs them? That dress can, has, and will forever withstand the test of time.
15. Reese Witherspoon, 2007 Golden Globes
Designed by Oliver Theyskens for Nina Ricci, this knee-length, yellow cocktail dress was a warm welcome from the award show’s formal uniform. (And arguably suits Reese Witherspoon’s personality perfectly.) Evidently, you can have fun on the red carpet – particularly if your piece is in contrast to it.