The Red Carpet Gowns So Stunning They Had to Be Custom

Mar 3 2014 - 10:15am

What's the easiest trick to avoid that old red carpet snafu of showing up to an event in the same dress as another attendee? Go custom! That's exactly what stars like Kate Hudson [1], Sandra Bullock [2], Naomi Watts [3], and Kerry Washington did when they hit the Academy Awards [4] last night.

Instead of scouting something from a designer's latest runway collection (which, mind you, once was the ultimate A-list practice), why not go a step further and wear a one-of-a-kind design to a special affair? By pulling a few strings — whether that be with a designer they have an established relationship with or by forging a relatively new and surprisingly chic collaboration — these stars guaranteed there'd be no faux pas when they got in on the growing trend [5]. See the bespoke looks (and who was chic enough to pull them off) from last night's red carpet here!

Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen at the Oscars

The Gravity star was out of this world in a custom midnight blue draped gown by Alexander McQueen [6].

Lupita Nyong'o in Prada at the Oscars

Lupita's light blue silk pleated gown plunged with a fit so perfect it had to be custom.

Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace at the Oscars

Kate Hudson [7]'s curves were contoured flawlessly by Donatella Versace [8]'s custom silver gown.

Amy Adams in Gucci Premiere at the Oscars

Not only was Amy's sapphire Gucci [9] Première tuxedo-inspired gown custom, her blue satin Christian Louboutin [10] peep-toes were made for her, too.

Naomi Watts in Calvin Klein Collection at the Oscars

When Naomi sat front row at Calvin Klein's Fall 2014 show [11], we had a feeling Francisco Costa would have a custom dress in the ready for the star.

Kerry Washington in Jason Wu at the Oscars

Jason Wu [12]'s maternity gown was made with the stylish mom-to-be in mind.

Camila Alves in Gabriela Cadena at the Oscars

Camila's custom long-sleeve blush Gabriela Cadena gown draped in front and back for a flawless effect from every angle.

Meryl Streep in Lanvin at the Oscars

You know you're in good hands when Alber Elbaz takes the reigns on your custom Lanvin [13] gown.

Idina Menzel in Vera Wang at the Oscars

Idina was bejeweled with Vera Wang [14]'s custom emerald-green silk-faille mermaid gown.

Miranda Lambert at the Grammy Awards in Pamella Roland

Miranda Lambert was her sexiest ever in a scorching custom Pamella Roland [15] gown.

Alicia Keys at the Grammy Awards in Armani Privé

Alicia Keys [16] was a vision in a custom Armani [17] Privé indigo gown that featured a black beaded Swarovski [18] crystal belt on the Grammys red carpet.

Sandra Bullock at the SAG Awards in Lanvin

Sandra Bullock [19]'s custom emerald toile lamé Lanvin [20] creation featured a bow accent at the waist.

Michelle Dockery at the SAG Awards in J. Mendel

Michelle Dockery suited up for the SAGs red carpet in a tuxedo-inspired custom J. Mendel gown.

Emilia Clarke at the SAG Awards in Calvin Klein Collection

Emilia Clarke hit the SAG Awards in a custom Calvin Klein [21] Collection rouge metallic beaded dress that was designed by Francisco Costa.

Sarah Hyland at the SAG Awards in Pamella Roland

Sarah Hyland's customized Pamella Roland [22] dress was a sweet treat at the SAG Awards.

Lupita Nyong'o at the Critics' Choice Awards in Calvin Klein

Taking a stark turn from her Golden Globes gown, Lupita looked just as dramatic sans color in a custom Calvin Klein [23] Collection ivory silk crepe bandeau dress, which was designed for her by Francisco Costa.

Sandra Bullock at the Critics' Choice Awards in Lanvin

Alber Elbaz showed the love to Sandra when he made her a custom Lanvin [24] strapless raspberry tiered ruffle gown.

Julia Roberts at the Critics' Choice Awards in Juan Carlos Obando

The only thing cooler than Julia's ivory and black custom Juan Carlos Obando printed silk gown were her movie-star shades.

Kerry Washington at the Golden Globes in Balenciaga

Kerry flaunted her baby bump in a custom Balenciaga [25] bonded silk crepe petal gown in pale green celadon.

Amber Heard at the Golden Globes in Atelier Versace

Amber smoldered in a draped custom-made navy silk gazar Atelier Versace [26] gown with a full train and thigh-high slit.

Emilia Clarke at the Golden Globes in Proenza Schouler

Emilia wowed in Proenza Schouler [27]'s custom black and white guipure lace gown.

Reese Witherspoon at the Golden Globes in Calvin Klein Collection

Reese hit the Golden Globes carpet in a custom Calvin Klein [28] Collection viridian silk crepe T-back dress.

Laura Carmichael at the Golden Globes in Viktor & Rolf

Laura Carmichael's Viktor & Rolf [29] custom white silk crepe de chine strapless column gown featured a cupped bodice and black chiffon pleated insert.

Emma Roberts at the Golden Globes in Lanvin

Emma wore Alber Elbaz's custom black techno matte stretch gown.

Taylor Schilling at the Golden Globes in Thakoon

A custom Thakoon [30] emerald silk design was a vibrant choice for Taylor.

Uma Thurman at the Golden Globes in Atelier Versace

Uma opted for a custom-made Atelier Versace [31] high-neck silk top with black lace overlay and matching full-length skirt with train — both of which were fully embroidered with Swarovski [32] crystal beading.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus at the Golden Globes in Narciso Rodriguez

Narciso Rodriguez [33]'s custom scarlet crepe gown looked sizzling on Julia.

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