Golden Globes: Most iconic dresses of all time, from Lady Gaga to the Time's Up blackout

Take a look back at the most show-stopping gowns ahead of Sunday’s ceremony 

Sarah Young
Saturday 04 January 2020 16:25 GMT

Every year since 1944, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) has brought together the movie industry's best and brightest stars at the Golden Globes to honour their accomplishments over the past year.

Marking the onset of awards season, the event is eagerly watched by movie lovers and fashion fans alike because, while the night is all about celebrating the best in the business, the dresses often take centre stage.

Over the years, the glamorous gowns have often received just as much attention as the films themselves, with everyone from Marilyn Monroe and Viola Davis to Angelina Jolie and Lupita Nyong'o earning a special place in fashion history.

The Golden Globes not only provides an indicator as to who might be taking home the most awards over the next couple of months, but also which stars look set to dominate the season’s best dressed lists.

In more recent years, awards season has been dominated by the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, with the Golden Globes prompting fashion and activism to collide on its red carpet in 2018.

The coordinated protest, referred to as the “blackout”, was an effort by Hollywood’s most famous and accomplished women, including Meryl Streep, Emma Watson and Tracee Ellis Ross, to make a bold statement against sexual harassment in their industry by choosing to wear all-black ensembles.

While colour made a full return in 2019, stars continued to show their allegiance to the campaign by wearing black and white bracelets and ribbons that read “Time’s Up x2” to mark its second year.

In honour of the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards, which take place on 5 January, The Independent has taken a look at some of the most remarkable gowns and dresses that have hit the awards season opener over the years.

Scroll through the gallery above to see the most memorable Golden Globe dresses of all time.

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