Since its inception in 1959, the Grammy Awards has continued to deliver memorable red carpet moments from the industry’s most revered musicians. Ahead of the 61st edition of the annual awards ceremony on February 10, Vogue.me looks back through the archives to bring you the 20 most iconic red carpet dresses created by Middle Eastern designers in recent years.
In 2006, Beyoncé scooped up the Best Contemporary R&B Album award wearing a strapless sequin-embroidered number by Lebanese couturier Elie Saab. Fast forward 12-years, at the 2018 Grammys ceremony, and the superstar singer’s custom black Nicolas Jebran design with thigh-high slits topped best dressed lists the world over. But Queen B wasn’t the first A-lister to don the Lebanese couturier’s designs during the highly-televised awards show. Memorably, Bubbly singer Colbie Caillat took home two awards at the 2010 ceremony, wearing a form-fitting gold beaded gown with a thigh-high slit from Jebran.
Other Arab designers to leave an inedible mark on the Grammys red carpet in recent years include Zuhair Murad (Céline Dion was a vision in the plunging, bow-laden, emerald dress at the 2017 ceremony) and Georges Chakra. In 2010, Pink arrived to the red carpet in a scallop layered, grey ombré mermaid gown from Tony Ward couture, before stealing the show with a mind-blowing acrobatic performance.
And who can forget the custom red Azzedine Alaïa gown with criss-cross details and a flowing train that Rihanna wore to the 2013 ceremony? Meanwhile, we’re still thinking about the dramatic, black, Reem Acra dress with tulle underlay that Kate Beckinsale wore a decade ago.
From Taylor Swift’s teal Elie Saab ballgown in 2015 to Cardi B’s structural, white, lace pleated dress custom-made by Saudi couture house Ashi Studio last year, the 20 memorable red carpet moments in the gallery above demonstrate the undeniable power of Arab designers.