13 of the biggest fashion moments in Bafta history

13 of the biggest fashion moments in Bafta history

This year’s Baftas is fast approaching, with the ceremony taking place on February 2.

Known as the British Oscars, it’s always guaranteed to bring a star-studded red carpet and some seriously major gowns. There’s already a fair amount of buzz around the event, particularly as the nominations have come under fire for a lack of diversity.

Awards season is in full swing, and we’ve seen overwhelming trends for big sleeves and girlish bows on the red carpet. Before we find out what trends rule the Baftas this year, let’s have a look back at some of the greatest style moments from the ceremony’s history…

1. Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn at the 1955 Baftas (PA)
Audrey Hepburn at the 1955 Baftas (PA)

Audrey Hepburn was nominated for her performance in Sabrina at the 1955 Baftas, and came dressed for the occasion. Wearing a pale strapless gown, it had a nipped-in waist, full skirt and was paired with glamorous, elbow-length gloves.

2. Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts and Rupert Everett at the 1998 Baftas (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
Julia Roberts and Rupert Everett at the 1998 Baftas (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

This outfit is peak Nineties Julia Roberts, showing off her signature style in a maroon jersey dress. It was simple, chic, and kept relaxed with loose hair and that big smile.

3. Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow at the 1999 Baftas (Peter Jordan/PA)
Gwyneth Paltrow at the 1999 Baftas (Peter Jordan/PA)

If we had Pinterest back in 1999, we certainly would have been pinning Gwyneth Paltrow’s Bafta outfit. She walked the red carpet in a black sequinned two-piece with a low waist, flashing her abs – it was the ultimate Nineties prom dress.

4. Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman at the 2003 Baftas (Yui Mok/PA)
Nicole Kidman at the 2003 Baftas (Yui Mok/PA)

Nicole Kidman has always been consistent with her fashion choices. She kept things simple but sophisticated in 2003 in an ivory silk column gown by Ungaro, accented with bright pink chandelier earrings. It’s the kind of outfit we could definitely see her wearing again today.

5. Sienna Miller

Sienna Miller at the 2007 Baftas (Ian West/PA)
Sienna Miller at the 2007 Baftas (Ian West/PA)

Sienna Miller was at her boho best in 2007, and really delivered for the Baftas in a green, backless mermaid dress with intricate beading and long sleeves.

6. Carey Mulligan

Carey Mulligan at the 2010 Baftas (Yui Mok/PA)
Carey Mulligan at the 2010 Baftas (Yui Mok/PA)

In 2010 Carey Mulligan took home the best actress award for her role in An Education. She wore a black and white patterned gown by French label Vionnet, that looked like a cocktail dress with a caped train overlaying it. Later, Mulligan donated the dress to Oxfam to help its women’s projects around the world.

7. Christina Ricci

Christina Ricci at the 2012 Baftas (Ian West/PA)
Christina Ricci at the 2012 Baftas (Ian West/PA)

What could be more knock-out than Christina Ricci in a liquid gold dress from Givenchy?

8. Marion Cotillard

Marion Cotillard at the 2013 Baftas (Ian West/PA)
Marion Cotillard at the 2013 Baftas (Ian West/PA)

In 2013 Marion Cotillard went bold with this bright yellow Dior dress, which was strapless, with a bubble skirt at the middle and a surprise sheer panel on the thigh.

9. Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong’o at the 2014 Baftas (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
Lupita Nyong’o at the 2014 Baftas (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Dior is obviously a go-to designer for the Bafta red carpet, with Lupita Nyong’o choosing a more classic design in 2014 with this emerald green strapless number.

10. Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie at the 2014 Baftas (Ian West/PA)
Angelina Jolie at the 2014 Baftas (Ian West/PA)

While the majority of outfits on this list are dresses, in 2014 Angelina Jolie made a strong case for female tailoring. This remains one of the best examples of suits on the red carpet, with Jolie wearing cigarette pants, a matching blazer, crisp shirt and an undone bow-tie. The whole look was topped off with loose hair, smoky eyes and black heels.

11. The Duchess of Cambridge

The Duchess of Cambridge at the 2017 Baftas (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)
The Duchess of Cambridge at the 2017 Baftas (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)

Kate has attended the Bafta Awards for the last three years, so we’re hoping she’ll make another appearance this year. One of our favourite outfits of hers came in 2017 – a dramatic, off-shoulder, floral black gown from Alexander McQueen.

12. Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence at the 2018 Baftas (Ian West/PA)
Jennifer Lawrence at the 2018 Baftas (Ian West/PA)

In 2018, Jennifer Lawrence proved black doesn’t have to be boring. The actor has had a long partnership with Dior, and this is definitely one of her best red carpet outfits from the fashion house – a black architectural gown with white tulle sleeves.

13. Timothée Chalamet

Timothée Chalamet at the 2019 Baftas (Jonathan Brady/PA)
Timothée Chalamet at the 2019 Baftas (Jonathan Brady/PA)

In the past few years we’ve seen a renaissance in menswear, with celebrities branching out from traditional tuxedos. Few people sum this up better than Timothée Chalamet. His 2019 Bafta suit is a perfect example of the new wave of menswear. Wearing Haider Ackermann, Chalamet walked the red carpet in a matching silver blazer and shirt featuring geometric patterns, with black trousers that had red detailing up the side, and combat boots.

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