The Golden Globes red carpet has always had an added air of excitement as the first major red carpet event of the year — and the fashion seldom disappoints.
The annual awards show, which will take place on Sunday, Jan. 5, will bring together Hollywood’s elite and sartorial heavy-hitters across television and film, including nominees such as Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lopez, Brad Pitt, and Reese Witherspoon, to name a few.
Hollywood glamour has long been de rigueur at the Globes, from Beyoncé’s golden Elie Saab gown in 2007 to Angelina Jolie’s languid satin Versace dress in 2012. Sometimes, however, it’s the context of a look — or even a political fashion statement — that gives it staying power in the cultural lexicon.
Take 2019, when “A Star is Born” lead Lady Gaga made headlines by paying homage to Judy Garland in a periwinkle Valentino gown similar to the dress Garland wore in the original “A Star is Born” premiere in 1954.
Standing out on the red carpet, however, took a backseat to activism at the 2018 Golden Globes red carpet blackout, at which red carpet-goers wore black in solidarity with victims of sexual abuse. The all-black dress code left an indelible message in the wake of the #MeToo movement and the dawn of Time’s Up.
As stylists and designers are presently hard at work to create the perfect look for the 2020 Golden Globe nominees and attendees, WWD looks back at some of the most memorable looks from the award show’s 77-year history.
Scroll down to see more unforgettable Golden Globes red carpet looks.