Inspiration from the Red Carpet

Inspiration for your wedding dress doesn't have to be restricted to bridal fashion. With awards season about to start I've been thinking about red carpet dresses.

I've included a variety here from the classic to the slightly bonkers. Some are from a while back, and some from just last year.

Although these dresses can't be literally translated into wedding dresses, they can certainly offer some inspiration for fabric, silhouette and details.

So, in no particular order.

Jennifer Lawrence

Wearing Dior

The Oscars


I love the simplicity of this dress, just a simple colour and silhouette cut beautifully.

Helena Bonham Carter

at the Great Expectations Premier


I love the neckline of this dress and the bold colour contrast. Done in more subtle colours it could very easily translate into a wedding dress.


Wearing Marjan Pejoski

at the Oscars


It's nearly 20 years since Björk wore this quirky avant garde swan dress, but there's still something I love about it. It might be a bit crazy for a wedding dress, but the ruffles are fantastic.

Michelle Williams

wearing Vera Wang

at The Oscars


I love everything about this dress. The colour, neckline, fabric, draping. It's just stunning.

Jennifer Lopez

Wearing Versace

at the Grammy Awards


I'm not sure how many of us could pull this dress off, but it's such an iconic dress that I had to include it. With the neck a bit (or a lot) higher, and perhaps a lining, this silhouette could look fantastic in the right fabric.

Kate Winslett

Wearing Jenny Packham

at the Labor Day Premier


Kate just proves you can look amazing when heavily pregnant. What a perfect choice of dress.

Julia Roberts

Wearing Vintage Valentino

at The Oscars


It was classified as vintage, although it was only from 1992. But it's definitely one of the most iconic dresses for a while. So much about this dress could be translated into bridalwear.

Viola Davis

Wearing Zac Posen

at the Screen Actors Guild Awards


The cut of this dress is impeccable, I just absolutely love it. I could see it working in just about any colour. I do just wonder how high she can lift her arms though!

Angelina Jolie

Wearing Atelier Versace

at The Oscars


Who doesn't remember Angelina's leg in this dress! Despite her leg being remembered more than the dress itself, it is a gorgeous dress!

Gwyneth Paltrow

Wearing Alexander Mcqueen

at The Oscars


I applaud Gwyneth for wearing something a bit different, but unfortunately even she admits she should have worn an bra!

Halle Berry

Wearing Elie Saab

at The Oscars


I have to admit it's not one of my favourites, and it does look a bit dated, however I wanted to include it for it's great use of illusion tulle. I do seem to remember thinking it was fantastic at the time.


Guo Pei

at The Met Gala


You don't make much more of a statement than wearing a bold gown like this. She did however say she could hardly walk in it!

Liz Hurley

Wearing Versace

at the Four Weddings and a Funeral Premier


I remember seeing this dress for the first time, and back then it was considered quite controversial, I don't think anyone would bat an eyelid now! I don't think she will ever regret choosing to wear this dress!

Blake Lively

Wearing Versace

at the Met Gala


If you've not looked at the Met Gala dresses before for inspiration, take a look!

I love this ornate gown.

Lady GaGa

Wearing Armani

at The Grammy's


Well who'd have thought this dress was designed by Armani. It's bonkers, as is she, but I love it, so thought what better dress to end on!

I hope this has been a bit of inspiration if you're thinking about a special dress, or just a bit of fun if you're just browsing.

If you've got a favourite that I've not included, I'd love to hear from you.

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