Celebrities are constantly being judged on their appearance, with gossip magazines scrutinizing every pound they gain and speculating on what cosmetic surgery they must have had done to keep looking so good.
Clothes are a huge part of the celebrity lifestyle, especially on the red carpet where Hollywood stars get to wear outfits created by some of the top fashion designers, and jewels often worth millions of dollars which are loaned to them for the evening.
The day after any awards ceremony, the press is full of articles about who was the best and the worst dressed celebrity on the red carpet. Luckily, many of the most famous stars of stage and screen can actually charge designers who want their dresses to end up at the Oscars or the Golden Globes. The hideous outfits below definitely belong in the worst-dressed category!
20 Andra Day
Andra Day performed her Oscar-nominated song Stand up for Something from the film Marshall at the 2018 Oscars ceremony, though all eyes were on the singer’s unusual dress. It looked as though Andra had raided a box of old curtains to create her outfit, though it was actually a high fashion creation from designer Zac Posen.
19 Britney And Justin
Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake were the celebrity couple of the early noughties – which unfortunately for them was also a period notorious for its lack of style. The couple was snapped in a pair of matching denim outfits which did nothing for their reputation as fashion icons, with Justin’s denim hat the rotten cherry on a very burnt cake.
18 Rachel Weisz
Oscar-winning actress Rachel Weisz is generally known for her effortless and understated sense of style, so it was something of a surprise to see her rocking a bright red outfit, complete with a latex top when she attended the 2019 Academy Awards ceremony. The Givenchy ensemble was definitely a bold statement from the English actress.
17 Solange Knowles
When you are the younger sister of the world’s most famous woman, you will try anything to enjoy a few minutes in the limelight. Even Solange Knowles, Queen Bey’s baby sister, should have known to avoid this hideous canary yellow David LaPort creation, complete with thigh-high shoes, when she attended the 2016 Met Gala.
16 Linda Cardellini
Emmy-nominated actress Linda Cardellini was on pretty much all the worst-dressed lists when she wore this fluffy pink outfit to the 2019 Oscars. The Schiaparelli gown was described as looking as though it had been made of feather dusters, and would look more at home in the bedroom than on the red carpet.
15 Jane Fonda
Even style icons can get things wrong when it comes to their choice of red carpet outfits, and Hollywood legend Jane Fonda will probably look back on her choice of this unflattering green and gold jumpsuit with some regret. Jane wore the eye-catching Balmain outfit when she attended the Grammys in 2015.
14 Harry Styles
But it isn’t just female celebrities who can get their red carpet outfits so wrong. One Direction star Harry Styles was perhaps trying to show his feminine side when he wore a suit detailed with flowers to the American Music Awards 2015 – though he has a habit of wearing floral suits at other events and even on stage.
13 Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift generally dresses well, so this unusual – and rather revealing – outfit seemed very out of character for the singer when she wore it on the red carpet at the MTV VMAs in 2019. And yet this outfit would have cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, from the colorful Versace jacket to the thigh-high Christian Louboutin suede boots.
12 St Vincent
Every celebrity wants to make their mark on the Oscars red carpet and to stand out from the crowd, but it isn’t always a good idea to choose an edgy outfit for such a prestigious occasion. Singer St Vincent’s outfit from the 2018 Academy Awards, designed by Anthony Vaccarello at Saint Laurent, looked as though it was only half-finished.
11 Lizzy Gardiner
If anyone is going to hit the mark when it comes to a red carpet dress, you would expect it to be a costume designer. Yet Lizzy Gardiner’s self-made creation, which was made of 254 American Express Gold Cards, attracted attention for all the wrong reasons at the 1995 Academy Awards where, ironically, she won the Oscar for Best Costume Design.
10 Nicki Minaj
Rapper Nicki Minaj is regularly seen in colorful, creative, and somewhat crazy outfits, but even she must look back on this leopard print combination with some regret. She would do well to remember the old adage that you can have too much of a good thing next time she is selecting an outfit for the red carpet.
9 Christina Aguilera
Fellow performer Christina Aguilera has been through a few different fashion phases during her career, and in her younger days had a tendency to flash a lot of skin, even on the red carpet. This tattered looking velvet dress failed to score with the fashion critics, with the wild blonde afro only adding to the embarrassment for Christina when she looks back at this ensemble.
8 Ru Paul
Ru Paul made his name as a drag queen, dressing in the most outrageous outfits possible. But it seems that he also likes to attract attention when he is dressing as himself, as demonstrated by this vision bending black and white suit which he wore on the red carpet at the 2017 Emmy Awards ceremony.
7 Anna Chlumsky
Like Andra Day, it looks as though Anna Chlumsky went for a dress made out of old curtains when she attended the 2016 Emmys. This awkward outfit was actually created by top designer Christian Siriano, but it received a universal thumbs down from the fashionistas in the press the next day.
6 Katy Perry
Singer Katy Perry must have been disappointed with the way this Balmain gown looked when she was walking down the red carpet at the 2019 Grammys. Perry can usually pull off pink and frilly, but this unusually-shaped dress made her look more like a toilet roll cover than a world-famous musician and style icon.
5 Sarah Jessica Parker
In her most famous role, Sarah Jessica Parker played trend-setter Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City. However, the unusual outfit Parker wore to the Met Gala in 2006 was definitely not a case of life imitating art. She attended the event with Alexander McQueen, who was wearing a traditional kilt, but Parker’s tartan creation was certainly one to forget.
4 Miley Cyrus
In recent years, Miley Cyrus has evolved from cute child star into a rebellious young woman, who likes nothing more than to shock the public with her antics and her increasingly bizarre outfits. Give it a few years and she will look back in horror on this period of her life, when she thought sparkly jumpsuits with pom-pom sleeves were an acceptable thing to wear.
Actress Zendaya has always pushed the envelope when it comes to red carpet fashion, but perhaps on this occasion, she may come to the conclusion that she pushed things a little too far. This August Getty leather dress, worn at the 2018 MTV Movie Awards, may have caught the eye, but how on earth do you sit down in such an outfit?
Perhaps one of the most infamous Oscar dresses of all time was the swan dress, which actress and singer Bjork wore to the 2001 Academy Awards. Designed by Marjan Pejoski, this catwalk creation was an unusual choice for the red carpet – especially when the Dancer in the Dark star proceeded to “lay” six eggs in front of the world’s press.
1 Lady Gaga
Even Bjork’s swan dress pales in comparison to Lady Gaga’s meat ensemble, which she wore at the 2010 MTV VMAs. Made of real raw beef, including the shoes and fascinator, the dress is now on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Lady Gaga said the dress was a protest against US policy on gay people in the military, although the connection between the two is not immediately apparent.
Sources: Insider, Esquire, ABC, Vogue, Billboard