We love celebrities. We absolutely adore their glamourous lifestyles, over-the-top style, and on-point fashion... most of the time. In the majority of cases, our favorite A-listers hit the catwalk or the red carpet in elegant head-turning outfits, however, there's always that outlier - the Katy Perry wearing a chandelier or the Lady Gaga wearing a dress made head-to-toe of raw meat.
A handful of these controversially-dressed superstars have been trying to take home an Academy Award, only to take home a scalding bucketload of criticism for wearing culturally-inappropriate attire, while others have stolen the show at everything from the MTV music awards to the Cannes film festival, Vanity Fair Oscar Party, Billboard Music Awards and international fashion weeks.
So, without further ado, let's dive in and check out 20 of the most controversial outfits at awards nights.
20 The Tuxedo-Gown: Billy Porter
For our first cab off the ranks let's take a look at Billy Porter at the Academy Awards. While this isn't the most controversial outfit we'll see today, the custom Christian Siriano tuxedo gown certainly had its fair share of raised eyebrows from everyone who snuck a glance.
19 Get Lit: Katy Perry
FINALLY, a celebrity has dressed up as a chandelier - we've been twiddling our thumbs, waiting years to see it happen... right? When the ever-eccentric Katy Perry attended the Met Gala, it's fair to say that she and her custom Jeremy Scott outfit lit up the show. How did she get through the doors though?
18 Geisha Mode: Katy Perry
Why not follow up with absurd Katy Perry outfit with a second, right? The iconic and often out-there pop star wore this Geisha-inspired costume during a performance at the 2013 American Music Awards. Of course, it didn't take long for the public to voice their opinion, claiming the outfit was disrespectful and stereotypical.
17 Not Hungry: Lady Gaga Meat Dress
There you have it, folks - it was only a matter of time before the eccentric, no-holds-barred Lady Gaga made an appearance on this list. Back in September of 2010, the singer and actor rocked up to the MTV Video Music Awards wearing this dress made completely of meat. As you can expect, PETA was not happy.
16 Intergalactic Fashion: Gigi Hadid
Leave it to world-renowned superstar model, Gigi Hadid to make a bold statement on a red carpet. Earlier in 2019, Gigi rocked up to the annual Met Gala - one of New York’s most esteemed festivities - in what can only be described as an out-of-this-world jumpsuit. Just don’t look directly at the dress - it could blind you.
15 Making A Statement: Joy Villa
It's not hard to see why Joy Villa's deliberate choice of controversial attire caused a heck of a stir at the 2019 Grammys. It isn't the first time she's decided to sport something that makes a political statement either - she's also donned a dress that shared the current orange man's infamous slogan.
14 A Shellfish Outfit: Carbi B
Turning heads on the red carpet next is none other that American rapper, songwriter and actress, Cardi B. When she strolled down the carpet at the world-famous Grammys earlier this year, both fans and fellow entertainment personalities couldn’t left but gasp at the sight of this obscure, statement-making Oyster shell gown.
13 Staring Into Our Souls: Ezra Miller
If Ripley's Believe It or Not! were to personify itself into a red carpet outfit, we're pretty sure it would look something like this. While the custom Burberry suit and tail are impressive, likewise the Tiffany & Co. jewelry, the real kicker is clearly the facial makeup. Honestly, it's making us a little dizzy.
12 The Next Pope: Rihanna
When our beloved Rihanna took centre stage at the 2018 Met Gala in this controversial outfit, (which had a theme of "Heavenly Bodies"), it's no wonder that plenty of people jumped out of their chairs with rage. Impersonating the Pope, no matter the occasion, probably isn't the smartest idea.
11 The Next Next Pope: Nicki Minaj
It turns out that Rihanna isn't the only entertainment A-list lady who can go out on a limb and disrespect devoted Christians with a simple costume choice. At the 2012 Grammy Awards, rapper Nicki Minaj - while well-dressed herself - arrived with a sidepiece dressed like the Pope or a bishop.
10 An Inappropriate Bindi: Selena Gomez
During her performance at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards, a young Selena Gomez thought it would be a great idea to go ahead and wear a traditional Hindu ornament on her forehead. Some people who saw this considered it offensive to the Hindu culture, as it's not an accessory that is meant for a fashion boost.
9 Green With Envy: Deepika Padukone
Jetting off to Europe, our next stop is none other than the world-famous Cannes Film Festival. Here, Indian film actress and producer, Deepika Padukone, rocked up in a Grinch-like Giambattista Valli couture gown alongside an Emily London headdress and some out-of-shot Lorraine Schwartz jewels.
8 Don't Forget The Pin Code: Lizzie Gardiner
Let's wind the clock back all the way to 1995 for our next outfit. While it might not be very controversial, we can say without a shadow of a doubt that's it's completely obscure and frankly, weird. This so-called dress, worn by Lizzie Gardiner, is a tesselation of 254 expired American Express credit cards.
7 Night Lights: Susan Sarandon
In the year following the obscure credit card dress, it was Susan Sarandon who stole the show. Does anything about this image stand out to you? Sure, the dress is a little odd, but it's beautiful nonetheless. The questionable feature here is the sunglasses. Susun, you do realise that it's nighttime, right?
6 A Poor Choice Of Headwear: Kylie Jenner
What's the difference here between Kylie Kenner and Jordan Woods at the spring 2016 New York Fashion Week? The answer is Kylie's decision to wear a durag, which, according to Insider is considered "a tribute to a black tradition." With that in mind, it's rather obvious why she received online backlash.
5 Egg Time: Bjork, 2001
Ah, yes - who remembers this absolutely iconic Academy Awards swan dress worn by Bjork? It wouldn't be a controversial outfit list without it. To refresh your memories, not only did the musician rock up in this display of utmost stlye, but she also took it upon herself to lay an egg on the red carpet.
4 Take Out The Trash: Tilda Swinton
From the outside, at first glance, this outfit doesn't seem too far out of left-field. However, the famous magazine, Cosmo, decided that they disagreed. After taking one took at the gown, the magazine wrote, "Please save Tilda from the black velvet garbage bags holding her body hostage." Ouch, that's gotta hurt.
3 Awkwardly-Placed Roses: Charlize Theron
Nine times out of ten we'll glance over to Charlize Theron on a red carpet and have to pick up our jaws from the floor. The outlier, however, is this dress. After she decided to rock up to an awards night in the lavender Dior dress, a bunch of bloggers took to the Internet to voice their disapproval at the conspicuously-placed flowers.
2 Pretty In Pink: Lady Gaga
For our next Gaga surprise-packet (although, let's be honest, nothing Lady Gaga does these days surprised us anymore), we're heading over to London Fashion Week, back in 2012. When wearing this burqa on the catwalk, Gaga managed to ignite the Muslim community, with some labelling her outfit as "cultural thievery" (the Atlantic)
The singer offended many in the Muslim community when she walked down the London runway in a burqa. The Atlantic covered the controversy, calling her outfit choice "cultural thievery."
1 Bike Shorts Made Cool: Marion Cotillard
Back at the Cannes Film Festival on the beautiful southern shores of France, the gorgeous Marion Cotillard, beloved French actress, singer-songwriter, musician, and environmentalist, decided that the best way to capture the photographers’ attention was to bring bike shorts back to the red carpet. While it wasn’t the most audacious, it certainly raised a few eyebrows.