The 20 most costly red carpet outfits ever, leading up to the 81st Golden Globes

The upcoming 81st Golden Globes promises a dazzling display of fashion from renowned celebrities.

As film legends prepare to grace the red carpet in couture designer ensembles, anticipation is high for standout looks that will make headlines.

Before this year’s event, MailOnline has compiled a list of the top 20 most expensive red carpet looks of all time.

20. Lupita Nyong’o, 2015 Academy Awards

Estimated worth: $150,000

In 2015, Lupita Nyong’o stole the spotlight in a custom-made Calvin Klein gown adorned with 6,000 pearls, each valued at around $100.

The theft scandal surrounding this masterpiece did not overshadow Lupita’s elegance, and she went on to win Best Supporting Actress at the 86th Academy Awards in 2014.

19. Elizabeth Taylor, 1970 Academy Awards

Estimated worth: $167,500

Elizabeth Taylor made history at the 42nd Academy Awards with a blue chiffon gown by Edith Head.

Paired with the infamous ‘Taylor-Burton diamond,’ the dress was auctioned in 1999 for $167,500, showcasing the timeless allure of Hollywood fashion icons.

18. Cate Blanchett, 2007 Academy Awards

Estimated worth: $265,046

Cate Blanchett dazzled in a Swarovski crystal mesh Armani Privé gown at the 79th Academy Awards in 2007.

Despite not winning the award, her glamorous appearance on the red carpet solidified her status as a style icon.

17. Paris Hilton, 2017 Hollywood Beauty Awards

Estimated worth: $357,710

Paris Hilton graced the 2017 Hollywood Beauty Awards in an August Getty gown adorned with 500,000 Swarovski crystals.

Her dazzling ensemble reflected not only her sense of fashion but also her success in the fragrance industry.

16. Nicole Kidman, 1997 Academy Awards

Estimated worth: $2.65 million

Nicole Kidman turned heads at the 1997 Academy Awards in a lime green custom gown designed by John Galliano.

Valued at $2 million, this dress marked a significant moment in haute couture history, accompanied by $650,000 worth of jewelry.

15. Rihanna, 2015 Met Gala

Estimated worth: $3.97 million

Rihanna made history at the 2015 Met Gala in a Guo Pei custom design worth nearly $4 million.

Her imperial yellow outfit, paired with a fur-trimmed cape, showcased intricate craftsmanship and contributed to the gala’s ‘China: Through the Looking Glass’ theme.

14. Jennifer Lawrence, 2013 Academy Awards

Estimated worth: $4 million

Jennifer Lawrence’s $4 million cream-colored Dior gown at the 85th Oscars turned heads but also led to a memorable moment when she tripped on the stairs while receiving her Best Actress award for “Silver Linings Playbook.”

13. Charlize Theron, 2013 Academy Awards

Estimated worth: $4.5 million

Charlize Theron, one of the highest-paid actresses, graced the 2013 Academy Awards in a $4 million Harry Winston jewelry ensemble paired with an elegant white peplum Christian Dior gown.

12. Lady Gaga, 2019 Golden Globes

Estimated worth: $4.9 million

Lady Gaga’s lilac Valentino gown at the 2019 Golden Globes may have captured attention, but her applause-worthy moment came from the custom-made Tiffany Aurora necklace, featuring over 300 pear-shaped and round brilliant diamonds.

11. Sofia Vergara, 2013 Emmys

Estimated worth: $7 million

Sofia Vergara stunned in a red lace Vera Wang gown at the 2013 Emmys, complemented by a jaw-dropping $7 million worth of gems, including platinum earrings and a 40-carat diamond and emerald ring.

10. Amy Adams, 2014 Golden Globes

Estimated worth: $8 million

Amy Adams’ 2014 Golden Globes look featured a two-toned cape paired with a Lorraine Schwartz jewel ensemble worth upward of $7 million, showcasing her elegant style as she won Best Actress in a Comedy for “American Hustle.”


From Lupita Nyong’o’s pearl-adorned gown to Lady Gaga’s historic Tiffany diamond, these red carpet looks not only captured the essence of high fashion but also created memorable moments in the world of entertainment.

As we await the 81st Golden Globes, the anticipation for another set of iconic ensembles is palpable.

Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn