Top 20 most iconic red carpet dresses

by Wo
Dec 17, 2010 at 11:46 a.m. ET

Hollywood events are all about the red carpet moment. You might not remember the movies that Jennifer Lopez, Julia Roberts or Gwyneth Paltrow were in, but you definitely remember the dresses they wore that 'shut it down' on the Tinseltown catwalk. But after the dutifully paparazzi-documented moment in the pages of PEOPLE, not many have the fashion fortitude to eclipse the 'Best Dressed' list and become one of the iconic red carpet dresses of all time. In Joan and Melissa Rivers' best-of-the-best red carpet mode, leading UK department store Debenhams compiled a poll to find out the all-time greatest red carpet gowns.

Uma Thurman:
crimson Alberta Ferretti Gown, Oscars (2000)

Renee Zellwegger:
pastel yellow strapless Lily et Cie dress, Oscars (2001)

Bob Mackie's sheer art deco-inspired creation, Oscars (1987)

White Christian Dior strapless dress, Oscars (2005)
Hilary Swank:
navy blue backless Guy Laroche dress, Oscars (2005)

See which other celebrities made the cut for "Best of the Red Carpet" next!

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