Nary a female celebrity walks the red carpet these days without hearing that one seemingly simple question: "Who are you wearing?"

But it wasn't always like that.

Joan Rivers, usually working in tandem with beloved daughter Melissa Rivers, changed the landscape of the award show interview forever when she started inquiring of each shining star who walked the carpet which designer had made her gown, be it fabulous or fugly. (The designation of which category the star's dress fell under would, of course, come later.)

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"We had a great time together," Joan—in an interview given when Fashion Police was new in 2010—recalled about working the red carpet with Melissa for E!.

"We were the only ones that did [red carpet commentary] in the beginning and we came up with the phrase 'Who are you wearing?' and all that stuff."

Of course, pretty much every red carpet correspondent who entered the game in their wake has since adopted that as the new normal. But Joan was also never one to toot her own horn, at least not without a healthy dose of humorous self-deprecation in accompaniment.

Watch her discuss her refusal to dwell in the past right here:

And do not miss Joan taking down Oscar winner Jane Fonda's look in this throwback clip, when she offered up "constructive criticism, a gentle sort of chiding" in her reviews of red carpet style for E!, long before the days when she held court on Fashion Police:

"If I say somebody looked like a pig, they should take it with love," she reminded the audience.

Then it was on to hosting Fashion Police in 2010 with the help of "partner in crime" and FP executive producer Melissa Rivers. 

And of course there may have been some differences of opinion over the years...

Here Joan and Melissa talk about what it means to them when a celeb goes out of her way to confront them after being put through the ringer on Fashion Police:

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