If there's one brand we consistently look forward to seeing a celebrity wearing, it's Christian Dior. The label always brings a sense of excitement to the red carpet, delivering looks that can result in history-making moments. Case in point: Jennifer Lawrence's strapless, billowing gown that she wore — and famously tripped in — to receive her Oscar for Best Actress in 2013.
The French designer founded his eponymous company in 1946, showing his first collection a year later. The debut made such a strong, innovative statement, that Carmel Snow, Editor-in-Chief of Harper's Bazaar, dubbed the 90-piece show the "New Look." With it's feminine silhouettes that accentuated a women's curves, Dior brought light to a gloomy post-war world and celebrated the female body in ways no designer had done before.
Since then, the brand has gone from sophisticated and romantic to bold and structural thanks to the creative vision of iconic designers like John Galliano and Raf Simons. Through different stages, it's safe to say that one thing hasn't changed: the label has remained a red carpet staple. Currently led by Maria Grazia Chiuri, the brand's first female artistic director, Dior has reinvented itself thanks to a fresh blending of feminism with fashion. Like her "We Should All Be Feminists" T-shirt, that referenced novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's mantra and paid homage to art historian Linda Nochlin's essay. The popular graphic tee has since been seen on fashion darlings and trendy models in the style scene.
And then there's the roster of A-list faces that have represented the fashion house: Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman, Marion Cotillard, and Lawrence, to name a few. With such an elite clientele, it's no surprise that major events like the Academy Awards and the Cannes Film Festival have seen a parade of Dior gowns over the years.
Read on to fawn over the unforgettable red carpet moments and see which is your favorite.