10 Unforgettable Red Carpet Looks From Classic Hollywood

Updated on July 5, 2019
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Rachel M. Johnson is a lover of all things pop culture. She's been writing about music and entertainment online for over two years.

Classic Hollywood was the epitome of glamour and sophistication; the style, beauty and fashion of that time is admired and imitated to this day. Many of the A-list stars were constantly serving up iconic and memorable red carpet moments. Let's take a look at some of the most unforgettable looks from classic Hollywood.


Marilyn Monroe

The iconic beauty was famous for her red carpet looks, and her gown at the premiere of 1954's There's No Business Like Show Business was no exception. Marilyn was truly the epitome of Old Hollywood glamour, which was on full display when she wore this stunning silk dress cinched at the waist, which she paired with a white fur boa. Her platinum blonde coif was perfectly styled, and her sultry red lip and dramatic make-up completed the ensemble. The bombshell will forever be an inspiration for both style and beauty.


Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn was one of Hollywood's most beloved actresses, and her sophisticated and chic style truly helped to elevate her legacy. The star was a vision in white when she wore a floral Givenchy dress to the 1954 Academy Awards, for which she won Best Actress for her role in Roman Holiday. The gown was accented with a tight white belt that highlighted Hepburn's slim waist, and the boat neckline gave the number a unique touch. The dress has since become one of the most iconic red carpet looks of all time.


Elizabeth Taylor

The violet eyed beauty was never one to shy away from statement making looks, and she definitely demanded attention at the 1957 Academy Awards. Taylor wore an elegant spaghetti strapped ruched gown that she accessorized with a fur stole, elbow-length gloves and completed it with a Cartier tiara. The diamond number was a gift from her then-husband Mike Todd, and her regal look was highlighted with her signature bold brows and glossy lips. The actress was famous for her many bold beauty looks, and remains iconic in fashion.


Grace Kelly

The epitome of elegance, the actress truly lived up to her name when it came to her demure and sophisticated fashion looks. Kelly wore this mint green Edith Head dress to the 1955 Oscars, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her film The Country Girl. The silk gown was paired with long, elegant gloves that only added to the allure of the ensemble. She wore a soft up-do with flowers that highlighted her ethereal complexion, and went beautifully with her simple make-up and pink lipstick. Even before she became a princess, Kelly was dressing to fit the part.


Sophia Loren

The Italian stunner was the belle of the ball when she wore this corseted ball gown to the 1955 Cannes Film Festival. With its sweetheart neckline, dramatic fur wrap and elbow-length black opera gloves, Loren wore a statement making diamond necklace to complete the jaw-dropping ensemble. The actress caused quite the stir when she attended, and became the most photographed woman at the event. The gown has since become one of the most iconic gowns to ever grace the Cannes red carpet.


Lauren Bacall

The sultry actress wore a shimmering deep blue sequined gown to the premiere of her 1953 film, How to Marry a Millionaire. The spaghetti strap, plunging number perfectly accentuated Bacall's stunning figure, and she paired the dress with a fur stole. Her delicate diamond earrings and white opera gloves added an extra look of elegance to the ensemble. With her hair curled and pinned, soft and stunning make-up further complimented the red carpet look. Bacall attended the premiere with her longtime love, fellow A-lister Humphrey Bogart.


Marilyn Monroe & Jane Russell

Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell were a vision in polka dots when they wore the matching halter dresses to place their hands in feet in cement at the famous Grauman's Chinese Theatre. The ceremony was in honor of the two beauties promoting their joint film, 1953's Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. They duo wore white pumps, perfectly curled tresses and even a matching red lip, demanding the attention of fans and photographers alike. The event was an honor reserved for the best of Hollywood, and both Monroe and Russell looked every bit the talented stars they were.


Frank Sinatra & Ava Gardner

Once power couple Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner were the talk of Tinseltown, garnering attention everywhere they went. When the pair attended the premiere of Gardner's 1951 film Show Boat, all eyes were on the stars. The actress wore a strapless lace, tightly fitted gown that perfectly highlighted her stunning figure, with the bodice accented with detailed bead work. Gardner wore her hair in a sophisticated up-do that showed off her diamond earrings and matching network. With a black fur wrap to match, the stunning ensemble was complete.


Warren Beatty & Natalie Wood

On-again off-again couple Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood fell in love during production of their film, 1961's Splendor in the Grass. Together they attended the premiere, where Wood looked absolutely stunning in a champagne pink hued gown and matching fur coat. The actress wore her hair in a sophisticated up-do with side swept bangs framing her face, and accessorized with diamond earrings, pearl necklace and elegant white gloves. The actor looked dapper in a tuxedo and bow tie, and together the beautiful duo captured the attention of photographers.


Dorothy Dandridge

Dorothy Dandridge was a stunning performer who went on to become one of the most famous and successful black actresses in Hollywood. For the 1957 Cannes Film Festival, Dandridge wore a chic and elegant ballgown, with spaghetti straps and a detailed bodice. She paired it with a delicate necklace and earrings, with matching gloves, fur wrap and chic clutch. The actress hit the red carpet with her co-star of the film Tamango, Curd Jürgens. Dandridge served up a serious fashion moment at the festival, becoming a classic Hollywood moment.

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