On the red carpet: Rihanna, Nicole Kidman, Ariana Grande,

As we welcome a new year of red carpet fashion, Rachel Marie Walsh rounds up 2018’s most iconic looks.

1. Rihanna

Rihanna in Maison Margiela Artisanal at the Costume Institute Benefit, New York: Rihanna was both the queen and the pope of the night at the 2018 Met Gala. A co-chair of the event, she modelled the look for Vogue.com to Depeche Mode’s Personal Jesus.

On the red carpet: Rihanna, Nicole Kidman, Ariana Grande,

2. Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman in Armani Privé at the 2018 Academy Awards: Nicole Kidman is a red carpet pro, and has worn so many jewel-toned gowns over the years that they sort of blur together — but this Armani Privé moment may prove iconic.

On the red carpet: Rihanna, Nicole Kidman, Ariana Grande,

3. Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande was another lady challenging conservatives this year, but her Met Gala look is more demure. This Vera Wang gown is screen-printed with images from Michelangelo’s iconic fresco, The Last Judgement.

On the red carpet: Rihanna, Nicole Kidman, Ariana Grande,

Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett in Mary Katrantzou at the Cannes premiere of Cold War: Ms Blanchett’s beautiful dress was the most striking look at Cannes, which is no small feat at any festival frequented by Aishwarya Rai.

On the red carpet: Rihanna, Nicole Kidman, Ariana Grande,

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