most expensive red carpet dresses

Image credits: Getty ImagesThe red carpet necessitates opulence, but sometimes, pushes it to the very extremes. Your average celebrity awards season or gala-ready look is already well outside the realms of affordable. Intricate embroidery, heaped crystals and lustrous fabrics—handiwork from the discipline’s most canonical ateliers comes at a price. And, for a few select stars, that price can reach astronomical heights. Here, we round up 20 of the most expensive red carpet looks in fashion history. If it’s any indication of the numbers to come, the 20th outfit clocks in at just over $100,000. Onwards, and the cost climbs exponentially. At number one? An outfit totalling at over $41 million, worn during a particularly memorable Academy Awards event.  Some of the outfits find themselves already anchored in the public consciousness, not as a result of their cost but the silhouette, or the star. Jennifer Lawrence’s instantly recognisable Dior, a strapless, bridal-esque wonder from the 2014 Oscars, is one such gown; so too is Audrey Hepburn’s divine lace Givenchy number from 1954. Others, meanwhile, derive fame from their staggering accessories, bearing its cost in weight—a multi-million, 380-karat diamond necklace, perhaps, or a waterfall of Swarovski crystals, enmeshed in the fabric as to be the fabric itself.  Perusing the list will also reveal the repeat offenders. Maisons like Valentino and Dior constitute an impressive fraction of the list (the former taking up five places). Lady Gaga and Princess Diana also make more than one appearance, with one of them occupying the coveted first spot. Below, scroll on to discover the 20 most costly red carpet outfits of all time. Sign up to the Vogue newsletterImage credits: Getty Images20. Anne Hathaway (2011) Event: The Academy Awards Designer: Valentino Cost of the red carpet look: $106,075Image credits: Getty Images19. Julia Roberts (2001) Event: The Academy Awards Designer: Valentino Cost of the red carpet look: $125,850VIEW FULL GALLERY

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