Drama, extravagance, flair and refinement. All those elements that often enough define couture apply to the red carpet as well. It is no wonder that couturiers tend to have a special relationship with celebrities.

From film festivals to award shows, here are five instances where couture became a fitting standard for an A-list Hollywood star.

1. Zoe Saldana

Where: Academy Awards, 2010

Wearing: Givenchy Haute Couture

Sparkle, ombre, layers of tulle and pops of saturated colour. If there is one word to describe the dress that Zoe Saldana wore, it would be “magical”. She looked like a modern day Disney princess, with just the right touch of glamour.

2. Angelina Jolie

Where: Academy Awards, 2012

Wearing: Atelier Versace

Remember when Angelina Jolie’s right leg made headlines? The actress was wearing couture when that happened. The colour of the dress itself was rather unassuming, but the cut (that well-placed slit!) proved to be a statement.

3. Jennifer Lawrence

Where: Academy Awards, 2013

Wearing: Dior Haute Couture

This dress is a winner all right. Heck, Jennifer Lawrence was awarded her first Oscar wearing it. Then again, she also took a tumble while making her way up on stage to receive it. Those voluminous folds – while a little difficult to manouvere in – are nothing if not breathakingly pretty.

4. Cate Blanchett

Where: Golden Globe Awards, 2014

Wearing: Armani Prive Couture

Some would say that Cate Blanchett can do no wrong when it comes to dressing for the red carpet. This design is a case in point. It has a high neck, an open back and cap sleeves covered with petals of lace. Absolutely chic, yet sultry at the same time.

5. Naomi Watts

Where: Cannes Film Festival, 2015

Wearing: Elie Saab Couture

It had all aspects of a stunner. The feathered train, open back and plunging neckline? Simply jaw-dropping. The gunmetal grey proved to be just the right shade for Naomi Watts too. And, the gown has pockets. How cool is that?