Name a red carpet that is complete without evoking high glamour and drama. I’ll wait. While it is true that the Academy Awards have somewhat of a monopoly on the Fashion (with a capital F) stakes, the BAFTAs are in fact not far behind. Established in 1947, the BAFTAs have played host to some of the glitziest names in the business, from Audrey Hepburn to Michaela Coel. Ahead of the 2021 edition, and inspired by the recent revival of ‘90s fashion, I decided to look back at the best ‘90s looks on the BAFTA red carpet.
When you think about what made the ‘90s so stylish, there are plenty of trends to consider. Fabric-wise, it was all about velvet, tulle, and sheer materials, whilst prints were dominated by check, gingham, and wild animal prints. The shape to wear was the slip dress, whilst corsets and strapless designs were also significantly popular. And when it came to shoes? The strappier the better.
The BAFTA red carpet has been the perfect playground for ‘90s fashion, not just in and around the decade itself, but right up to the present day. From Naomi Campbell’s halter neck dress to Gwyneth Paltrow’s two piece, here are my favourite 10 BAFTA red carpet looks that evoke the ‘90s in the best possible way.