The Best Tony Awards Outfits of All Time, From Madonna's Floral Cape to Kerry Washington's Skirted Suit

When theater people dress up, they go all-in.

Each awards show has its own distinct flavor. The Emmys used to more casual, but are slowly being infected with prestige; at the Golden Globes, stars are already waist-deep awards season campaign; the Oscars are when things really get serious. When the Tonys come around, though, an entirely different slate of awards bait is vying for recognition, and the usual Hollywood crew meets up with the parallel—if more melodramatic and musical—theater scene. And on the red carpet, they bring a style all their own. Here, all the best looks from the Tony Awards, dating back to 1968.

2018: Kerry Washington stuns in a skirted jumpsuit at the 2018 Tonys.


2017: Cynthia Nixon rocks a sculptural pink dress at the 2017 awards.

2016: Allison Williams wears a suit-jumpsuit combo, paired with black heels and a gray clutch.

2013: Judith Light dons a stunning, long-sleeved gown.

2011: Catherine Zeta-Jones wears a glittering red dress onstage at the 65th Annual Tony Awards.

2010: Cate Blanchett rocks a metallic suit with a plunging neckline at the 2010 Tony Awards.

2008: Whoopi Goldberg wears a high-low dress to host the 62nd Annual Tony Awards held at Radio City Music Hall.

2005: Alongside Ethan Hawke, Angela Bassett takes the stage at Radio City Music Hall, wearing a strapless red gown.

2004: Renee Zellweger and Nicole Kidman each nail their respective looks at the 58th Annual Tony Awards.

2003: Marisa Tomei rocks a laced-up black gown at the 2003 Tony Awards.

1999: Dame Judi Dench dons a timeless, sculptural gown at the 53rd Annual Tony Awards.

1998: Actor couple Geoffrey Holder and Carmen de Lavallade opted for a classic tux and gold dress, respectively.

1998: Alan Cumming holds his Tony, sporting a chic leather suit.

1992: Carol Channing wears a flowing top and pants at the 46th Annual Tony Awards. 

1990: Joan Rivers goes Renaissance-chic with luxe fabrics and glittering jewels.

1988: Madonna attends the Tony Awards after-party in a stunning floral cape. 

1987: Angela Lansbury rocks a longline jacket and sparkling gold dress at the 41st Annual Tony Awards.

1987: Glenn Close dances with her brother at a Tonys after-party while wearing a gorgeous white gown.

1984: Raquel Welch dons a quintessential '80s dress for the 1984 awards ceremony.

1983: Twiggy stepped out in a truly iconic look—complete with an equally iconic headband—for the 1983 Tonys.

1983: Natalia Makarova commits to head-to-toe fringe at the 37th Annual Tony Awards.

1981: At the 35th Annual Tony Awards after-party, Elizabeth Taylor does what Elizabeth Taylor does best: maximalism.

1980: Cicely Tyson mixes prints for the Tony after-party at the Hilton.

1979: Susan Sarandon drapes a blazer over her gown at the 33rd Annual Tony Awards.

1968: Liza Minnelli wears a tiered green dress, accented with daisy flourishes, at the 1968 Tony Awards.

1968: Diahann Carroll wears a flouncy white gown to the 22nd annual awards ceremony.

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