Who will wear what to this year’s Golden Globe Awards on Sunday is still anybody’s guess—but if the nominees and presenters are smart, they’ll take a cue from some of the best-dressed men and women from awards shows past. This list represents a mix of fashion risk-takers and those who simply got it right. There are the classic beauties—Kate Hudson in Versace at the Oscars in 2003 and Penelope Cruz bringing high drama in Versace Haute Couture in 2007. But for every traditionalist, there has to be a fashion daredevil on the red carpet, as well—whether that’s Robert Downey Jr. in a Lanvin tux and sneakers or Marion Cotillard in a Jean-Paul Gaultier Couture mermaid gown. More than anything though, these are all celebrities who owned their moment. When Madonna appeared on the red carpet the Video Music Awards in 1995 in Tom Ford for Gucci at a time before anybody else had heard about it, she set the tone. Like the Queen of Pop, these are the stars who understood it was their time—and claimed it.
Gallery: Goreski Awards Fashion
Continuing to emerge as one of fashion and entertainment's most engaging talents, Brad Goreski most recently appeared on The Rachel Zoe Project as Style Director. He picked up his first Vogue at the age of 12 and has been enthralled by the world of fashion ever since. Originally from the small Canadian town of Port Perry, Ontario, he has resided in Los Angeles for the past nine years. High points of his career include going to the Academy Awards with Anne Hathaway, being photographed by Terry Richardson, and being featured on the cover of the Styles section of the New York Times in September 2010.