The Best Looks From 2020’s Short Red Carpet Season

The best pre-COVID fashion you probably already forgot about.

Days mean nothing and time is a flat circle, but somehow we have made it to the end of 2020.

Now, challenging as it may seem, we’re fondly remembering the beginning — those sweet, fleeting few months before the coronavirus pandemic hit when we could trade respiratory droplets freely and admire red carpet gowns in peace.

The beginning of a typical year marks awards season, and though things will look a bit different in 2021, there were still a fair share of events held in this atypical year pre-COVID. And thus, plenty of fabulous fashion, too.

Below, a look back at 28 of the best red carpet looks from the Before Times of 2020.

Billy Porter in Alex Vinash
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Billy Porter at the Golden Globes in Beverly Hills, California, on Jan. 5.
Cate Blanchett in Mary Katrantzou
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Cate Blanchett at the Golden Globes in Beverly Hills, California, on Jan. 5.
Kerry Washington in Altuzarra
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Kerry Washington at the Golden Globes in Beverly Hills, California, on Jan. 5.
Julia Butters in Mischka Aoki
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Julia Butters at the Golden Globes in Beverly Hills, California, on Jan. 5.
Brad Pitt in Brioni
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Brad Pitt at the Golden Globes in Beverly Hills, California, on Jan. 5.
Saoirse Ronan in Celine
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Saoirse Ronan at the Golden Globes in Beverly Hills, California, on Jan. 5.
Lucy Boynton in Louis Vuitton
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Lucy Boynton at the Golden Globes in Beverly Hills, California, on Jan. 5.
Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton
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Michelle Williams at the Golden Globes in Beverly Hills, California, on Jan. 5.
Mandy Moore in Elie Saab
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Mandy Moore at the Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California, on Jan. 12.
Zendaya in Tom Ford
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Zendaya at the Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California, on Jan. 12.
Annie Murphy in Temperley London
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Annie Murphy at the Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California, on Jan. 12.
Catherine O'Hara in Marc Jacobs
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Catherine O’Hara at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 19.
Charlize Theron in Givenchy Haute Couture
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Charlize Theron at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 19.
Emily Hampshire in J. Mendel
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Emily Hampshire at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 19.
Lizzo in Versace
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Lizzo at the Grammys in Los Angeles on Jan. 26.
Lil Nas X in Versace
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Lil Nas X at the Grammys in Los Angeles on Jan. 26.
Lili Reinhart in Marc Jacobs
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Lili Reinhart at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California, on Feb. 9.
Winnie Harlow in Vivienne Westwood
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Winnie Harlow at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California, on Feb. 9.
Kerry Washington in Zuhair Murad
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Kerry Washington at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California, on Feb. 9.
Ciara in Ralph & Russo and Russell Wilson
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Ciara and Russell Wilson at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California, on Feb. 9.
Sandra Oh in Elie Saab
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Sandra Oh at the Oscars in Hollywood, California, on Feb. 9.
Zoey Deutch in Valentino Couture
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Zoey Deutch at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California, on Feb. 9.
Florence Pugh in Louis Vuitton
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Florence Pugh at the Oscars in Hollywood, California, on Feb. 9.
Halima Aden in by FANG
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Halima Aden at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California, on Feb. 9.
Tracee Ellis Ross in Zuhair Murad
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Tracee Ellis Ross at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California, on Feb. 9.
Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade in Giambattista Valli
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Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California, on Feb. 9.
Martha Stewart in Giambattista Valli
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Martha Stewart at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California, on Feb. 9.
Maya Rudolph in Valentino
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Maya Rudolph at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California, on Feb. 9.