A Look Back at the Biggest Golden Globes Fashion Risks of All Time

Though the stars won't be serving up style for the 2022 Golden Globes, we can still look back on some of the boldest looks from the show's red carpet history.

By Samantha Schnurr Jan 10, 2022 2:00 AMTags
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The Golden Globes would not be complete without style.

Though viewers won't get their fashion fix at this year's award show—it won't be televised nor will there be celeb attendees or a red carpet—we still have nearly eight decades of Golden Globe style, glamour and boldness to reflect on (and celebrate). 

While couture gowns and tailored tuxedos have become a standard of the occasion, as the years go on, several of your favorite celebrities continue to push the sartorial boundaries of the big night in new and unexpected ways. From one-of-a-kind prints and eccentric silhouettes to over-the-top accessories and unconventional inspirations, the Golden Globes red carpet has seen many fashion risks—and we'd bet there are plenty more in store in the years to come. 

Until then, let's take a little trip down memory lane and revisit all those risky looks worn by Renée ZellwegerNicole Kidman and more.

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Shall we?

Joey King

The Bullet Train actress made a dramatic entrance at the 2020 ceremony in an optical illusion Iris Van Herpen design.

Fran Drescher

The Nanny nominee rocked florals in an unexpected way at the 1996 Golden Globes: on her head. 

Courtney Love

In true Courtney fashion, she made sure all eyes were on her as she sizzled in a cutout dress with blue beaded embellishments.

Gwyneth Paltrow

The Goop founder proved less is more with her completely sheer Fendi gown.

Cameron Diaz

In the last year of the 1990s, the There's Something About Mary nominee boldly hit the red carpet in a floor-length floral wrap layered over pants. 

Bette Midler

In 1980, the triple threat was a winner rocking some one-of-a-kind print.

Heather Locklear

In 1996, the Melrose Place nominee channeled some daring glamour in the form of this metallic gown with a slit spanning most of the dress.   

Kerry Washington

The Scandal star chose a sleek, yet sexy Altuzarra look that included a structured blazer (sans a shirt underneath) and a thigh-high skirt.

Jane Seymour

Back in 1987, Jane Seymour brought plenty of moons to the star-studded night courtesy of her standout dress print. 

Sonny & Cher

No one takes more fashion risks than Cher, who wore a jaw-dropping top with a plunging keyhole cutout that she paired with matching bottoms and a fur coat.

Paula Patton

The actress stood out from the crowd at the 2014 golden Globes in this Stéphane Rolland design featuring head-to-toe sculptural ruffles. 

Nicole Kidman

The actress appeared to draw inspiration from the 1920s with her sequined halter dress at the 2004 Golden Globes. She accessorized the sheer, backless design with a beaded headband. 

Sarah Michelle Gellar

While you more frequently see tie-dye on T-shirts, that didn't stop the actress from attending the 2012 Golden globes in a voluminous Monique Lhuillier dress in a similar eye-catching print. 

Renée Zellweger

With its nude illusion bodice, mermaid tail and cut-out shoulders, there was a lot to the actress' 2009 Golden Globes Carolina Herrera look. 


Juliette Lewis

The actress made heads turn with lavish headpiece and sexy slip dress.

Helena Bonham Carter

Never one to adhere to fashion rules, the star boldly stepped out in a colorful pair of mismatched shoes at the 2011 Golden Globes. Her floral Vivienne Westwood gown with tulle detailing was just as attention-grabbing as her quirky footwear. 

Lara Flynn Boyle

The actress made a gutsy move by donning a ballerina-style dress complete with a flouncy tutu at the 2003 award show. Her lace-up heels completed the unforgettable red carpet look. 

Melanie Griffith

While attending the 1987 ceremony, the Working Girl actress shined bright in a rainbow-colored sequin gown.

This story was originally published on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019 at 5:24 a.m. PT.

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