Our Favourite Ever Dresses From The Golden Globes Red Carpet

Bring on the glamour.

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by Julia Harvey |
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The Golden Globes are set to return for 2023 and, despite criticism over the lack of female directors acknowledged, we're excited to see who takes home the awards. The ceremony itself kicks off awards season, getting us ready for weeks of red carpet moments, drama (on and off screen) and a whole host of Hollywood-esque speeches.

In terms of red-carpet dresses, the Golden Globes have given us plenty of spectacular sartorial moments over the years. Pretty Woman era Julia Roberts looked every inch the 90s icon in perfect pinstripes, Beyonce glittered gold sequins and, more recently, Lady Gaga took the red-carpet centre stage wearing an impressive (and huge) custom gown by Valentino Haute Couture. Of course, we'd expect nothing-less than high octane glamour from the Hollywood glitterati.

As we edge towards awards season, join us on a trip down memory lane revisiting some of the best ever dresses from the Golden Globes of years gone by.


Golden Globes Best Ever Dresses

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48th Annual Golden Globe Awards

Julia Roberts at the 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards in 1991, in perfectly 90s miniskirt suit.

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76th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Arrivals

Lady Gaga dazzles in Valentino Haute Couture at the 76th Golden Globes in 2019.

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60th Annual Golden Globe Awards

Halle Berry in 2003 in powder blue taffeta fishtail gown.

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Living up to her namesake, Scarlett Johansson wowed in a Valentino red gown back in

Beyonce Knowles during 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards5 of 36

Beyonce Knowles shines at the 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards in 2007.

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2011 Golden Globe Awards

Angelina Jolie dazzled in emerald green sequinned Versace in 2011.

Jessica Biel in 2007 golden globes7 of 36

Jessica Biel in 2007 wearing a beaded column gown.

Natalie Portman Golden Globe Awards8 of 36

Natalie Portman arrives at the 2012 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards wearing fuchsia Lanvin.

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Jennifer Lopez in 2013 wears a Zuhair Murad lace gown.

Penelope Cruz in 200710 of 36

Penelope Cruz in 2007

Penelope Cruz proved that the princess dress can still have bite at 2007's Golden Globes.

Viola Davis in 201511 of 36

Viola Davis in 2015

Viola Davis is one of the boldest red carpet dressers out there when it comes to punchy pigments, and this ruby red dress from 2015 ago is no exception.

Kerry Washington in 200512 of 36

Kerry Washington in 2005

Kerry Washington's a big fan of pastels and perhaps this aqua-coloured column gown is where it all started?

Emily Blunt in 2013 golden globes13 of 36

Emily Blunt channelled the statuette prize in a golden dress by Michael Kors.

Salma Hayek in 200914 of 36

Salma Hayek in 2009

Salma Hayek's Grecian-style column dress was a wow moment in 2009.

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Before her own award-winning season in 2011, Anne Hathaway won the red carpet in this blush-coloured Armani Privé gown.

Zoe Saldana in 201016 of 36

Zoe Saldana in 2010

Zoe Saldana's tiered, bowed and ruffled gown was a red carpet winner in 2010.

Actress Tilda Swinton arrives on the red carpet for the 68th annual Golden Globe awards in 201117 of 36

Never one to play it safe on the red carpet, Tilda Swinton chose one of Raf Simons' signature designs for Jil Sander in 2011.

Cynthia Erivo in 202018 of 36

Cynthia Erivo in 2020

Cynthia Erivo's sequinned and sculptural gown (by Thom Browne) was our favourite look period at the 2020 Golden Globes.

Zendaya in 201619 of 36

Zendaya in 2016

Matching the red carpet with a wine-coloured gown, Zendaya made a case for tiers in 2016.

Issa Rae in 201820 of 36

Issa Rae in 2018

In hour of #TimesUp, Issa Rae went for a custom-made gown, in shimmering black, by Prabal Gurung in 2018.

Janelle Monae in 201921 of 36

Janelle Monae in 2019

Janelle Monae looked spectacular in 2019, totally stealing the show in the most magnificent gold hat by Chanel.

Ava DuVernay in 201822 of 36

Ava DuVernay in 2018

Director Ava DuVernay debut a serious pair of power shoulders at 2018's Golden Globes.

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Jennifer Lopez in 2013

Jodie Comer in 2020 wearing custom Mary Katrantzou.

Zoe Kravitz in 202024 of 36

Zoe Kravitz in 2020

Saint Laurent's black-and-white polka dots were heaven on Zoe Kravitz

in 2020.

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Eva Mendes opted for a strapless white Dior gown for the 2009 Globes, worn with a stunning Van Cleef & Arpels necklace.

Taraji P. Henson in 201926 of 36

Taraji P. Henson in 2019

Taraji P. Henson's velvet gown was one of our favourite looks at 2019's Globes.

Octavia Spencer in 201727 of 36

Octavia Spencer in 2017

Octavia Spencer's tuxedo proved that you don't have to wear a frothy dress to deliver a fashion moment.

Kerry Washington in 201428 of 36

Kerry Washington wore a custom-made Balenciaga dress to debut her baby bump at the 2014 Globes.

Renée Zellweger attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards29 of 36

Renée Zellweger attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards

in 2020.

Cate Blanchett attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards30 of 36

Cate Blanchett wears Mary Katrantzou

in 2013.

Regina King in 201931 of 36

Regina King in 2019

For one of the most mega-watt moments at the Golden Globes, see Regina King looking like a walking disco ball in 2019.

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Nicole Kidman is our MVP when it comes to red carpets, never failing to impress. We particularly loved this bird of paradise-esque Alexander McQueen gown from 2005.

Laverne Cox in 201933 of 36

Laverne Cox in 2019

Laverne Cox was a dream in tangerine at the 2020 Golden Globes party.

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Saoirse Ronan

at the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards in 2020.

Billy Porter in 202035 of 36

Billy Porter in 2020

Why wear a plain old tuxedo when you could wear a snow white suit with a detachable feathered skirt?

Olivia Wilde in 200936 of 36

A princessy lilac Dior dress was the perfect choice for Olivia Wilde in 2009.

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