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The 30 Best Red Carpet Dresses and Gowns of 2018

From bows and architectural detailing, the major red carpets of 2018 were not lacking in glamour.
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Every year, the A-list (from your favorite celebrities such as Claire Foy, Nicole Kidman, and Amal Clooney) to your most adored royals (we're looking at you Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle) turn up the glamour for formal events and red carpets galore. And 2018, well, was no exception.

The year's red carpet occasions from the Oscars and Golden Globes, film festivals, premieres, and plain old fabulous parties had the gliteratti delivering their A-game. Whether you fancy a clean silhouette and architectural detailing or feathery and beaded embellishment, there was surely a spectacular (and memorable) red carpet moment for everyone.

CLAIRE FOY


The Crown star stunned on the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival in a structured pink Valentino gown with a red fringe cape.

MEGHAN MARKLE


The mom-to-be wore a simple cap sleeved Safiyaa gown for a formal occasion during an official visit to Fiji with her husband Prince Harry. Upping the ante: the subtle cape.

ZOE KRAVITZ


The actress attended the annual LACMA party in L.A wearing pearl a pearl studded, navy off-the-shoulder Gabriela Hearst column gown.

AMAL CLOONEY


Clooney attended the 2018 Met Gala (for which she was a chairwoman) in a romantic Richard Quinn ensemble that included satin pants and a full rosebud printed skirt

LADY GAGA


The triple threat hit the red carpet for the premiere of A Star Is Born at the Venice Film Festival wearing a stunning pink feathered Valentino Haute Couture Gown designed by Pierpaolo Piccioli.

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MARGOT ROBBIE


The Oscar-nominee wore feminine custom Chanel with delicate detailing at the bodice to the 90th Academy Awards.

TRACEE ELLIS ROSS


The Blackish star donned a belted and beaded shocking pink Michael Kors Collection gown with an elaborate train for the 2018 Met Gala.

EMILY BLUNT


Blunt attended the New York premiere of A Quiet Place in whimsical and feminine Oscar de la Renta.

THANDIE NEWTON


The winner for HBO's Westworld wore a ladylike asymmetrical Brandon Maxwell column to the 2018 Emmys.

KRISTEN BELL


Bell was oh-so-chic-and-sleek in a simple long sleeve Solace London gown for the 70th annual Emmy Awards.

CONSTANCE WU


Wu was the vision of a screen siren in a silver beaded off-the-shoulder Ralph and Russo couture gown to celebrate the world premiere of Crazy Rich Asians.

REESE WITHERSPOON


Witherspoon picked a simple one-shouldered Zac Posen gown for the 2018 Golden Globe Awards, striking the perfect understated, yet elegant note.

NICOLE KIDMAN


Kidman wore a show-stopping cobalt Armani Prive gown with a structured silhouette and oversized bow embellishment for the 90th annual Academy Awards.

NATALIE PORTMAN


In a departure from her go-to choice, Dior Haute Couture, Portman picked glittering Gucci complete with a velvet bow and shoulder pads for the premiere of Vox Lux at the Venice Film Festival.

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CATE BLANCHETT


Blanchett practically shut down the red carpet in a stunning velvet and gold Armani Prive gown with an embellished asymmetrical bodice at the premiere of Suspiria at the Venice Film Festival.

SANDRA BULLOCK


Bullock donned a high-neck, silk Louis Vuitton halter gown with gold and black sequins at the 2018 Oscar Awards.

SARAH PAULSON


Always a statement-maker, Paulson in a chartreuse Prada gown with paillette details for the world premiere of Ocean's 8 was surely one of the most unforgettable red carpet moments of the year.

SAOIRSE RONAN


Ronan looked sweetly angelic in a blush pink strapless and cropped Calvin Klein gown that had an enormous bow at the back for the 2018 Oscars.

ALLISON JANNEY


Janney picked a vivid red Reem Acra gown with a plunging neckline and extra-long sleeves for the 2018 Academy Awards—proof that the subtle details make the dress.

KATE BOSWORTH


Bosworth was breathtaking in soft and romantic Oscar de la Renta at the 2018 Met Gala.

KATE MIDDLETON


Middleton stunned in a forest green Jenny Packham gown with an empire waist, providing a masterclass in maternity dressing for a black tie occasion.

YARA SHAHIDI


The starlet picked a bespoke Ralph Lauren strapless jumpsuit with an oversized bow at the back for the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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JULIANNE MOORE


Moore was the picture of elegance in simple scarlet Givenchy gown that was elevated with a cape attachment with feathering on the underside at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

MADELINE BREWER


Brewer's fit-and-flare tea length Reem Acra dress was not only feminine, but sophisticated thanks to the romantic pearl detailing throughout.

CAREY MULLIGAN


Mulligan attended a photocall for Wildlife at the Cannes Film Festival in deconstructed ivory Dior, striking the perfect elegant-yet-under-stated note.

JESSICA CHASTAIN


Chastain attended the Ralph Lauren 50th Anniversary party in NYC wearing a canary yellow tulle confection with one-shoulder — the picture of an Old Hollywood star.

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY


Knightley celebrated the premiere of Colette in a girly and whimsical pale pink Chanel Couture gown that not only had sheer overlay and sparkly detailing on the bodice, but a fluffy and feathered skirt too.

DAKOTA JOHNSON


The Hollywood scion was breathtaking in architectural Dior for the Suspiria premiere at the Venice Film Festival.

PRIYANKA CHOPRA


The bride-to-be feted her shower in a feather embellished Marchesa, upping the ante for bridal shower attire in a single look.

ROSAMUND PIKE


Pike struck the ultimate balance between gothic and glamour at the European Premiere of A Private War in Givenchy Haute Couture, combining a black tailored wool coat with a cape effect, a turtleneck bodysuit and a bonded lace skirt with 3D flowers for a dramatic red carpet moment.

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This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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