10 best vintage looks on the red carpet
When it comes to the red carpet, not just any old gown will do. These celebrities went off the beaten track and chose the most glamorous vintage looks for their time in the spotlight.
JULIA ROBERTS IN VINTAGE VALENTINO AT THE 2001 OSCARS
This Valentino number was barely vintage when Julia wore it to the 2001 Oscars – only nine years old, from the designer’s 1992 couture collection. Regardless, it was a hit: Valentino himself claims seeing Julia collect her Best Actress Oscar for Erin Brockovich in the gown was a career highlight.
KATE MOSS IN VINTAGE DIOR AT THE V&A MUSEUM IN 2007
Worn by Miss Moss to an opening night at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, this floor-length cream satin had a rough time. After a guest stood on Kate’s train, the dress ripped at the back, forcing the supermodel to tie the gown around her waist, refashioning it into a mini-dress with her trademark nonchalant style.
THE OLSEN TWINS AT THE 2014 MET GALA
For this year’s couture-inspired Met Ball, the Olsen twins scored a double whammy with coordinated vintage looks: Mary-Kate in striped Gianfranco Ferré and Ashley in eternally elegant Chanel. Different dresses, but their looks so similar that many had more trouble than usual in telling the twins apart.
PENELOPE CRUZ IN VINTAGE PIERRE BALMAIN AT THE 2009 OSCARS
A gown fit for a princess: Penelope Cruz chose a white 1950s strapless dress from Pierre Balmain. The stunning gown did the trick, too, with Penelope going home with a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
REESE WITHERSPOON IN VINTAGE DIOR AT THE 2006 OSCARS
Reese went for couture’s golden age in a 1955 beaded Dior gown for the 2006 Academy Awards. Snapping it up a Parisian vintage store, Reese wore the elegant dress to accept the Best Actress gong for her role in Walk the Line.
ANGELINA JOLIE IN VINTAGE HERMÈS WITH BRAD PITT, SAG AWARDS,
At the 2008 SAG Awards, Angelina opted for a vintage Hermès dress in tonal ombré chiffon. The flowing style prompted tabloids to question if the star was pregnant – and the question was answered several months later when Angelina gave birth to twins.
MARISA TOMEI IN CHARLES JAMES COUTURE AT THE 2011 OSCARS
On the red carpet there are several levels of wearing vintage. When Marisa Tomei donned a 1950s navy blue number by classic American couturier Charles James, heads turned – gowns like this are rarely seen outside of museums, and Marisa managed to bring a masterpiece to life.
COCO ROCHA IN VINTAGE GIVENCHY AT THE 2012 MET GALA
A jumpsuit on the red carpet is one thing, and one in canary yellow and hot pink is another degree of daring. But for Coco Rocha to pick a vintage Givenchy look owned by Elizabeth Taylor? The Met Gala’s red carpet had never seen such chic courage.
ANNE HATHAWAY IN VINTAGE VALENTINO AT THE 2011 OSCARS
Celebrities love vintage Valentino (see Julia Roberts in 2001), and the designer has always been known for his vivid red dresses. Anne Hathaway went for a strapless example of the classic for the 2011 Oscars, complete with a bustle worthy of the grand occasion.
BEYONCÉ IN VINTAGE VERSACE, OSCARS 2005
You would imagine Beyoncé has her choice of gowns for any awards ceremony, but it’s easy to see why she went for vintage Versace at the 2005 Oscars: floor-length, sleek black vintage, oozing with alluring elegance – a perfect Versace fit for Queen B.