Awards shows and their respective red carpets are a way to bring Fashion Week runway looks and the designers into America’s living rooms. There are winners, there are losers, and ample digital space to cover and devour both. What always reigns supreme, however, is a killer dress paired with a badass sense of confidence. (Just look to Björk’s swan dress: It may have wound up many worst dressed lists, but man, did she rock that number like pro.) Ahead, 15 of the most fearless, unforgettable, and, at times, controversial red carpet looks from the past 15 years.
Honorable Mention: The MET Ball
Once a year, fashion world insiders show these actresses, (and the world) how it should be done.