Zoe Saldana wasn't nominated for an Oscar at the 2010 Academy Awards, but she made fashion history with the ombré purple gown she wore on the red carpet that year. Her Givenchy Haute Couture design, a fashion-forward choice that blended unexpected textures like crystals and ruffles, landed the actress on many a best dressed list. The high-style move was nothing new, but rather in the tradition of Nicole Kidman, whose chartreuse Christian Dior gown in 1997 was among the first instances of truly modern couture appearing on the red carpet.
Couturiers have always had a special relationship with celebrities, who need jaw-dropping dresses to wear for particularly glamorous events. But now more than ever, couture numbers (as well as custom-created gowns) have become the gold standard for women who have to look elegant and fashionable in front of the flashbulbs. As Paris Haute Couture Week closes, we're taking a look at our favorite couture red carpet moments in recent memory.