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The Most Daring Dresses Of The Year

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39. Kate Beckinsale At The 2020 Critics' Choice Awards
Kate Beckinsale channeled a vintage starlet when she arrived to the 2020 Critics' Choice Awards wearing a one-shoulder Julien Macdonald gown that featured a trailing train and a daring thigh-high slit.

Beckinsale is a staunch supporter of the designer, and has worn his pieces many times before. One of her most famous gowns was the barely-there handkerchief dress she wore to the 2018 GQ Men of the Year Awards, which looked like a couture version of a bathing suit with a sarong wrap.

Then there was the $17,000 sheer net dress she wore to the NAACP Image Awards. While Beckinsale veers towards a sexier aesthetic, it was fun to see her wear a more vintage-inspired dress on the blue carpet. The gown came from Julien Macdonald Spring 2020 collection, which was inspired by Gabriela Gonzalez, a Mexico-city based socialite and devoted Macdonald customer. Macdonald envisioned all of the looks with her in mind, but that didn't mean other women wouldn't scramble to buy them as well. Especially when you consider how carefully the designer makes his pieces. According to Vogue, the bead-work and adornments are "crafted by hand with painstaking care and extreme skill using vintage machines." 

That attention to detail gets him A-list clients like Beckinsale every year. Right after the show, almost all of Macdonald's dresses were spoken for, and were earmarked for awards season. “What happens the next day is every dress has been frozen by somebody. Madonna, J.Lo, Ciara, Gwen Stefani . . . they all freeze dresses," he told Vogue. And Beckinsale was clearly one of them.