From Lady Gaga’s silk-taffeta dress designed by Christopher John Rogers for the MTV VMAs to Gigi Hadid’s street style at Paris Fashion Week — Vogue lists the best celebrity style moments of 2020
In this strangest and most challenging of years, at least we could turn to celebrities for some major red-carpet moments and fashion escapism while we binge-watched The Crown and baked banana bread. From Zendaya in custom Armani Privé as she won an Emmy for HBO’s hit show Euphoria to the nine looks Lady Gaga wore at the MTV VMAs where she received the first Tricon award, celebrity style was bigger and bolder than ever in 2020.
Meanwhile, up-and-coming designers provided plenty of show-stopping moments: Christopher John Rogers designed the simmering green, silk-taffeta ball gown for Gaga’s VMAs roster, while Nensi Dojaka beautifully crafted the sheer, mesh bodysuit spotted on Bella Hadid, which later went viral on Instagram. It was also the year that sustainability was well and truly at the forefront of fashion — see Cate Blanchett at the Venice Film Festival, who proudly wore recycled outfits.
Here, Vogue compiles the best celebrity looks that ruled the style game in 2020 (and made us excited about dressing up again).
1. Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga’s style was nothing short of pure artistry at the 2020 MTV VMAs. The superstar wore a multicolored ensemble by Iris van Herpen with sky-high boots by Pleasers, and a futuristic face mask as she accepted her Best Collaboration award for Rain on Me with Ariana Grande.
2. Storm Reid
As we wait to see her performance in 2021’s The Suicide Squad reboot, actor Storm Reid is making waves on the fashion circuit. For Paris Fashion Week FW20 in February, she wore a moto-inspired leather look for the Monot show.
3. Zoë Kravitz
Leather and vinyl were two huge trends in 2020. Actor Zoë Kravitz’s dark and sultry take, as seen on the set of the latest Batman movie, is equal parts sophisticated and rebellious.
A true style icon, Rihanna brings it in this purple Givenchy pleated dress at the 51st NAACP Image Awards.
5. Anya Taylor-Joy
The breakout star of Netflix’s hit The Queen’s Gambit, Anya Taylor-Joy exudes glamour during Paris Fashion Week AW20, wearing Miu Miu.
6. Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett looked spectacular at the 77th Venice Film Festival closing ceremony in September, wearing an Armani Privé peacock dress. Blanchett put forward a message of sustainability by shopping out of her own closet and recycling looks she’d previously worn on the red carpet.
7. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s style matches the strength of her message. Her multifaceted approach to fashion and politics (as seen on the cover of Vanity Fair’s December issue) has inspired many young people to fight for what they believe in.
8. Nicola Peltz
Actor Nicola Peltz’s off-duty style consists of some of our favorite 2020 trends: chunky heeled boots, leather coats, and tiny sunglasses.
9. Lila Grace Moss
Daughter of supermodel Kate, Lila Grace Moss made her runway debut at Miu Miu SS21 on the last day of Paris Fashion Week in October. The rising star has since provided us with plenty of 1990s style inspiration: Dr. Martens, leather jackets and slinky slip dresses.
10. Tracee Ellis Ross
Winner of the Fashion Icon Award at the 2020 People’s Choice Awards, actor Tracee Ellis Ross highlighted the importance of the expression of fashion.
11. Naomi Campbell
Fashion icon and powerhouse, Naomi Campbell’s confidence and artistry continues to inspire. Here, she attends Marc Jacobs FW20 runway show, in an ode to strong tailoring.
12. Gigi Hadid
Everyone loves Gigi! The model proves her style credentials as she leaves Miu Miu FW20 during Paris Fashion Week wearing head-to-toe check.
13. Meghan Markle
14. Kate Middleton
The Duchess of Cambridge’s class and poise was on display again in this red Alexander McQueen coat and tartan scarf for a visit to Cardiff Castle, Wales.
15. Hailey Bieber
Ultimate cool-girl Hailey Bieber brought her own personality to her style game this year with fun and fresh pieces, such as this yellow Bottega Veneta coat, matched with jeans and a crop top.
16. Chloë Sevigny
2020 saw the exciting return of the cowboy boot. Actor and model Chloë Sevigny styled it just right for the city, alongside a Miu Miu bag and a pretty striped dress.
17. Dua Lipa
Dua Lipa’s music career reached stratospheric heights in 2020 and her style game was up to par, too. Here, she takes us back to the 1990s with baggy trousers, a cutout crop top, and chunky Prada trainers.
For her history-making Emmy win — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for HBO’s Euphoria — the actor wore a custom Giorgio Armani Privé black skirt with pink polka dots, and a black bandeau top embroidered with crystals.
19. Kamala Harris
Kamala Harris made history as the first female Black and South-Asian US vice president-elect. Her choice of powerful suits with bold colours solidifies her message.
20. Kaia Gerber
Fashion favorite Kaia Gerber transported us back to old-school glamour in this blue blazer at the Miu Miu show during Paris Fashion Week.
Lizzo looked simply gorgeous on the red carpet at the 51st NAACP Image Awards in California, wearing a multicolored Mary Katrantzou dress, accessorized with a gold clutch and jewelry.
22. Céline Dion
Pretty in pink, anyone? Talk about bold. Céline Dion brightened up an overcast day in this full Peter Do FW20 outfit. The 52-year-old singer added shades and a thin silver belt to complete the look.