Luckiest Designer to Wear to an Awards Ceremony

The award season is in full swing, having commenced with the Golden Globes a few weekends ago, the Critics Choice Awards this past weekend and the Emmys this week. A significant part of award season coverage follows who is wearing who. Whether it’s Taylor Swift in Gucci, Florence Pugh in Valentino, or Jennifer Lawrence in Dior, celebrity fashion will always dominate the press.

Known for their couture, red carpet gowns, and fashion expertise, Jovani sought to uncover who the “luckiest” designer is to wear at an award ceremony. To do this, they examined a number of best actress categories at three of the most esteemed award shows over the past decade (Golden Globes, Emmys, and Oscars) and noted who the winners were wearing.

The luckiest designers to wear to an award ceremony

  Designer Number of Wins
1 Armani 10 (13%)
2 Valentino 9 (11%)
3 Prada 5 (6%)
=4 Versace 4 (5%)
=4 Dior 4 (5%)
=5 Calvin Klein 3 (4%)
=5 Stella McCartney 3 (4%)
=5 Carolina Herrera 3 (4%)
=5 Givenchy 3 (4%)

Jovani can reveal the luckiest designer to wear to an award show is Armani. Over the last decade, Armani has been worn the most amongst winners, featuring 10 winning ladies (13% of all actresses analysed).

Armani has notably been worn by Jessica Chastain at the 2022 Oscars, when she was nominated for best actress; Renée Zellweger in 2020 at the Golden Globes, when she was nominated for ‘Drama Actress’; and Zendaya (over a webcam) at the 2020 Emmys, when she was nominated for ‘Lead Drama Actress’.

The second luckiest designer to wear to an award show is Valentino, with nine designs modelled by winning ladies. Valentino has been worn by winners Lily Gladstone most recently at the 2024 Golden Globes, Frances McDormand at the 2021 Oscars and Zendaya at the 2022 Emmys.

The third luckiest designer to wear to an award show is Prada, featuring five winning ladies, including most recently Ayo Edebiri at the 2024 Golden Globes, Olivia Colman in 2019 and Lupita Nyong’o in 2014, both at the Oscars.

Taking the joint fourth spot in the luckiest designer study are Versace and Dior, featured four times in the study (5%) by four winning ladies. Dior, notably worn by Michelle Yeoh last year at the Oscars as well as Jennifer Lawrence at the Golden Globes in 2016. Versace is notably all worn by winning actresses at the Golden Globes: Amy Adams in 2014, Saoirse Ronan in 2018, Sandra Oh in 2019 and Zendaya last year.

Rounding off, in fifth are Calvin Klein, Stella McCartney, Carolina Herrera, and Givenchy, all featuring three winning ladies (4%). Laura Dern wore Calvin Klein at the 2020 Oscars, Olivia Colman wore Stella McCartney at the 2019 Golden Globes, Julia Louis-Dreyfus wore Carolina Herrera three times to the Emmys (in 2014, 2016 and 2017), and Emma Stone sported her Givenchy gown at the 2017 Oscars.