The Most Memorable Golden Globes Looks of All Time, from Marilyn Monroe to Beyoncé
As the awards ceremony celebrates its 80th year, we trace the iconic fashion and beauty it's brought us.
Ahhh, the Golden Globes. Not quite as prestigious as the Oscars or sartorially as high-stakes as the Met Gala, but it does bring its fair share of glamour. Celebrating achievements in film and television over the year, the awards ceremony calls upon Hollywood’s very best talent. And wherever they go, the fashion and beauty follow.
Though we don’t always agree with the wins and losses, we can all agree that the Golden Globes red carpet has delivered some of the most iconic fashion and beauty moments in red carpet history. So ahead of the 2024 Golden Globes ceremony—which marks the awards’ 80th year—GRAZIA looks back at some of the most memorable looks to come out of the awards show.
In one of the most memorable red carpet appearances of all time, we have a midriff-baring Cher in a printed two-piece, hoops and a fur coat, plus XXL hair and lashes. Oh, and Sonny was there too.
Have you ever seen Nicole Kidman look so iconic? For the 2004 Golden Globes, the Australian actress took a risk with hair that was equal parts 1970s bohemian and 1930s flapper style. Either way, it was a winner—and excellently paired with her sequined gown.
Gemma Chan looked elegant as always with this crisp red lip, fresh skin and perfectly pinned-back hair.
Who remembers when Cameron Diaz briefly went brunette? I think about it at least once per week. This tiered Valentino confection made the entire look a big moment for the actor.
Can we please take a moment for this absolute serve from Whoopi Goldberg circa 1991? I’d wear this to dinner tonight.
A very ’90s pairing, Kate Moss and Johnny Depp. Another ’90s pairing? Mary-jane heels and a sparkling mock-neck gown.
Bow down to Beyoncé wearing shimmering Elie Saab with bronzed, glowing makeup and perhaps the sleekest hair we’ve ever seen.
J-Law debuted her pixie crop right in the thick of awards season. She opted for a shimmering silver shadow with a deep berry lip and fluttery lashes to accentuate the new cut.
Halle Berry is basically red carpet royalty at this point. This icy blue number with matching accessories only furthers her standing, really.
Here we have Madonna deep in her Ray of Light era when she was all about Kabbalah and, evidently, accent plaits in her hair.
Sienna Miller was a huge style star back in 2007, so it’s hardly surprising that this Dutch braided hairstyle generated copycats worldwide at the time.
Marilyn Monroe, the undisputed glamour queen, rocked her exaggerated eyeliner, lashes and bouncy blonde bob back in 1961.
Lucy Boynton has become synonymous with her daring beauty looks, and this one from last year’s Globes would have to be one of her best. The brushed-up brows, the glitter, the double liner: perfection.
Zoë Kravitz has been slaying red carpets for years, but this would have to be a favourite of mine. Her neatly styled pixie with minimal eye makeup and a red lip stain—lo-fi glamour at its best.
This glittering Randolph Duke gown won Angelina Jolie numerous style accolades, as well as an actual Golden Globe later in the evening for her role in Gia.
Julia Roberts borrowed style cues from the boys with this masculine suit moment and honestly, she should break this one out again.
Lupita Nyong’o does colour better than anyone. Not everyone could make blue makeup look refined with a blue dress, but this look was utter perfection.
A wide-legged pantsuit, diamonds, hair twisted into an effortlessly undone up-do and Brad Pitt on one arm. Jennifer Aniston has truly lived out all our fantasies here.
Not sure about you, but this beauty look from Jennifer Lopez at the 2004 Golden Globes lives rent-free in our brains. From the golden coral blush and gold eyeshadow to the side fringe ponytail, it was peak 2000s.
The Globes seem to have been a kind of red carpet testing ground for young starlets flirting with a short-term pixie cut, as it once was for Natalie Portman. We love her thick lashes and liner too.
Janelle Monae always brings us the best fashion and beauty looks, but this up style, complete with mini pearls, is one for the books.
In 1990, the legendary Audrey Hepburn attended the Golden Globes to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award for her contributions to the entertainment industry. For the occasion, she looked the epitome of elegance in a satin off-white gown and subtly smokey eyes.
While she’s gone on to achieve greatness on the red carpet, this 2016 look from Zendaya deserves a mention for its elegance and the fact that the bottom tier could be taken off—a feature she demonstrated for the after-party. Genius.