There will always be hits and misses on the red carpet, but there have also been some epic failures. Over the years, the Oscars have provided a surprising amount of questionable fashion choices and the annual MTV Video Music Awards have served as a great source for celebs showing off some truly tacky ensembles. Let's take a critical look back at a few looks we'd all like to forget.
Cher at the 60th Academy Awards
Bob Mackie was behind Cher's costume for the 1988 ceremony. We definitely weren't over-the-moon about the Oscar winner’s showgirl outfit complete with embellished wrap.
Celine Dion at the 71st Academy Awards
Celine did her best Kris Kross interpretation back in 1999 in this backwards white blazer and matching pants ensemble by John Galliano for Christian Dior. The oversized hat was just overkill.
Björk at the 73rd Academy Awards
This now infamous swan dress had the singer standing out for all the wrong reasons. The creepy creation might have even been too odd for the likes of Lady Gaga.
Gwyneth Paltrow at the 74th Academy Awards
Gwyneth's Gothic-gone-wrong Alexander McQueen the following year had us cringing. Her heavy eye makeup and rigid hairstyle only added to the devastation.
Lady Gaga at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards
Lady Gaga is all about making a statement, but her now iconic meat dress just left us considering vegetarianism. Even her footwear and headpiece came from the butcher, forever searing the image into our subconscious.
Jessica Szohr at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards
Jessica's black look had a lot going on from her exposed corset to that double-slit skirt. Let's not overlook her equally horrific accessories, which included a leopard print headband and black sneaker wedges.
Heidi Klum at the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards
Sure, Heidi had several wardrobe changes as host of the overseas event, but this revealing Versace was a real train wreck. The combination of extensive cleavage, an extremely high slit and coordinating lace-up booties will always equal a crime against fashion.
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Kristen Stewart at the New York Premiere of On the Road
We love Kristen's rebellious attitude, but what she and her stylist did to this Erdem should be unlawful. Cutting the semi-sheer dress significantly shorter transformed this look from potentially edgy to positively trashy.
Nicki Minaj at the Sydney Promotion of Her Pink Friday Perfume
It's too bad Nicki wasn't just clowning around in Sydney last year because her colorful getup would fit in perfectly at the circus. Between the erratic prints and voluminous tiers, the singer was primed to take center ring.
Rita Ora at the Radio 1 Big Weekend Festival
Tracksuits should never appear on the red carpet, especially leopard ones. Rita's yellow and green Roberto Cavalli version was made even more ridiculous thanks to Stella McCartney’s white Lug shoes.