First Lady Michelle Obama in Alexander McQueen
First Lady Michelle Obama’s fiery red Alexander McQueen gown for the state dinner for China provoked many dialogues mainly because she chose to wear a non-American designer to an important event. This had the likes of designers like Oscar de la Renta giving her a thumbs down. She later defended her sartorial choice by saying, "Look, women, wear what you love. That's all I can say. That's my motto. I wear what I like because...I gotta be in the dress, so..." in an interview with Good Morning America.
Emma Stone in Calvin Klein
Emma Stone's peach minimalist Calvin Klein t-shirt dress at the Golden Globe Awards made fashion observers sit up and pay attention to the then little-known actress. It ushered the making of a new style star.
Lady Gaga in Hussein Chalayan
Okay, it’s not actually a dress but it walked the red carpet. Lady Gaga’s egg/cocoon/womb case and her latex outfit plus the protruding bones on her temples and shoulders had tongues wagging and left Joan Rivers and late night talk show hosts with a wealth of punch lines.
Cate Blanchett in Givenchy at the Oscars
Cate Blanchett’s Givenchy haute couture lilac dress with sculptural frame on the bodice fabulously walked the line between being best and worst-dressed. In my book she can do no wrong.
Cate Blanchett in Givenchy
Back view of Cate Blanchett's Givenchy haute couture gown
Natalie Portman in Rodarte
In the days leading up to the Oscars in what was sure to be a win for Natalie Portman, the fashion tongues were wagging as to whether the very pregnant Black Swan star and Dior endorser would wear Dior following John Galliano’s reported anti-Semitic rage. After much speculation in the fashion media, Portman walked the red carpet and accepted her Oscar for best actress in a plum colored gown designed by her friends from Rodarte.
Kate Middleton in Alexander McQueen
Kate Middleton’s wedding dress was quite simply perfection. Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen will forever be associated with the Duchess’ wedding gown and everytime someone looks back on this royal wedding years from now, Burton's name will always surface.
Pippa Middleton in Alexander McQueen
The derriere that stole a bit of the attention away from the royal bride. Pippa Middleton’s Alexander McQueen body-skimming dress comes a close second to her sister’s. It was the dress that revived the Destiny’s Child slang ‘bootylicious’. It also launched Pippa into the international spotlight.
Philippa Middleton in Alexander McQueen
Pippa broke the sorority rule of not wearing white to someone's wedding.
Daphne Guinness in Alexander McQueen
Daphne Guinness shed all inhibitions by doing a performance piece that showed her getting prepped and dressed for the Costume Institute Gala, honoring Alexander McQueen, in front of crowds at the Barneys New York windows. The dress, made entirely from lilac colored feathers, was from the first solo collection of Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. It was a work of art on its own.
Jennifer Lopez's nude body suit with sparkles covering her privates raised a lot of questions: Was it age-appropriate? Isn't she past the body-baring age? Was she borrowing from Britney Spear's sartorial playbook? Was she showing her ex-husband Marc Anthony what he's missing? Like her outfit or not, it got her plenty of media coverage, including this list.