10 Most Expensive Dresses Worn By Celebrities On The Red Carpet

By Cristine Parungao

Academy awards and other prestigious award shows only happen once a year, that’s why celebrities go all out to look their best. These award shows celebrate the individual performances of actors and actresses, pay tribute to those who have done best in their acting career. For women, these events are also about wearing the best gowns and dresses. 

During the Oscars, actresses flaunt their individual fashion sense with designer dresses and accessories. Designer brands also use this chance to launch new collections, letting ambassadors wear the best pieces. Aside from looking at their best, celebrities also do not want to be scrutinized by the so-called ‘fashion police.’

Actresses who are nominated and tasked to present the winners are the ones shelling out significant amounts of money just to get the best gowns. In this article, you are going to find out the celebrities who wore the most iconic dresses, some costing more than a house. 

10. Cameron Diaz


Price: $62,500

The ever-lovely actress, Cameron Diaz, stunned everyone in her floor-sweeping Oscar de la Renta gown. The dress was reportedly worth $62,500. The dress is strapless and has gold embroidery all over. She paired it with a diamond earring and ring, then finished off the look with red lipstick. 


Diaz presented the award for the Best Animated Feature, looking like a trophy herself. She picked a champagne-colored gown with metallic ribbon details to walk the red carpet. The actress can also be seen holding a sesame gold clutch bag from Roger Vivier Haute Couture.

9. Anne Hathaway


Price: $80,000

Anne Hathaway definitely looked gorgeous wearing the red, strapless Valentino gown at the 2011 Oscars. What complements her outfit is her Tiffany & Co. necklace that is worth $10 million. The letter-box Valentino gown was worn in her red carpet entrance, where Hathaway sizzles with red lipstick. 


According to reports, the gown was worth $80,000. She hosted the Oscars that year, alongside James Franco. The two definitely have a chemistry that made the night eventful. Hathaway changed into eight different gowns that night but the Valentino is definitely the priciest.

8. Julia Roberts


Price: $95,000

When it comes to expensive red carpet gowns, the black-and-white Valentino gown worn by Julia Roberts is definitely included. The actress wore this iconic ensemble in the 2001 Oscars, where she also won the Best Actress award. According to reports, the gown has a price tag of $95,000. 

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Roberts rocked the red carpet with her minimalist look, from a royal updo to the deep-v gown. She only wore a pair of diamond earrings and bangle, which matched the color of her heels. The actress said that she wants to pass this gown to her daughter one day.

7. Rooney Mara


Price: $100,000

The moment when Rooney Mara stepped onto the red carpet at the 2016 Oscars, everyone knew her dress was a  scene-stealer. The $100,000 sheer, white dress is a piece from Givenchy. The actress paired her stunning gown with a deep red lipstick and an updo. 

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Rooney was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her work in Carol, where she worked alongside Hollywood legends like Rachel McAdams, Kate Winslet, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Even though she didn’t win, Rooney is still a winner in her sophisticated sheer gown.

6. Jessica Biel


Price:  $100,000

Jessica Biel showed up for the 2014 Oscars red carpet in a strapless, metallic gown complete with a Tiffany & Co. necklace, earrings, and bangles. The actress wore a Channel couture which was reportedly worth $100,000. The look was simple yet the gown enhanced Biel’s natural beauty. 

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The actress presented an award alongside Jamie Foxx, who was also looking sleek with his coat. The two made the audience laugh with their spiel. Biel obviously looked radiant with her sparkling Channel gown.

5. Kate Winslet


Price: $100,000

Year by year, Kate Winslet never fails to look stunning on the Academy Awards red carpet. In 2007, Winslet stood out in a mint-green Valentino silk gown, with a whopping price tag of $100,000. The actress paired her lovely gown with gold, studded earrings, and a clean updo. 

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Winslet’s figure was enhanced by the gown, with an emphasis on her toned arms and back. She was nominated for the Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama. In a red carpet interview, Winslet said her daughter also liked her gown, in which she said, “One day maybe she’ll borrow this and play dress-up.”

4. Cate Blanchett


Price: $100,000

Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett wore the winning gown to the 2014 Oscars, a beautiful Armani Prive gown. The Hollywood Reporter said that this ensemble costs $100,000. Her overall look was worth $118,100 with the 62-Opal Chopard earrings worth $18 million. 

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Blanchett won the Best Supporting Actress for her role in Blue Jasmine. Her look is simple yet sophisticated, with only a bangle and earrings to match the detailed gown. Blanchett was a red-carpet favorite and the 2014 Oscars look is definitely iconic.

3. Charlize Theron


Price: $100,000

Channeling her inner rockstar, Charlize Theron wore a Christian Dior couture gown with a pixie haircut. The actress had a grand entrance at the red carpet because of her undeniable charm and classic ensemble. To complete the look, the actress paired the beautiful Dior gown with Harry Winston diamond cuffs worth $4 million. 


The dress showed off Theron’s toned arms and shoulders, making them look incredibly sexy. The details of the gown and its length perfectly fit her body, which is worth the $100,000 price tag.

2. Nicole Kidman


Price: $2 million

Still to this date, Nicole Kidman’s Christian Dior mustard gown is the talk-of-town. She attended the 1997 Oscars with this figure-hugging, Asian-inspired gown. According to the New York Post, the gown was worth $2 million. 

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The Aussie actress completed the look with a bun hairstyle and a tribe-inspired earring. She was escorted to the red carpet with former boyfriend Tom Cruise.

1. Jennifer Lawrence


Price: $4 million

The number one on the list is Jennifer Lawrence’s 2013 Oscar gown which is worth more than a house or a car. The voluminous Christian Dior couture gown costs $4 million. This is her winning gown as she accepted the Best Actress in a Leading Role for the Silver Linings Playbook


The iconic gown was also a scene-stealer as the actress stumbled as she stepped up to the stage to accept her award. This was her first-ever Oscar award after being nominated in 2010 for the Winter’s Bone.  



These are the top ten most expensive gowns worn on the red carpet. Despite the whopping price tag of these gowns, one thing is for sure, the ensembles made these celebrities fashion icons. 

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