Name A More Iconic Red Carpet Than The MTV VMAs

The weeks leading up to the MTV Video Music Awards are some of the most fun moments for fashion. In an effort to hype up tonight’s show, publications allow us to relive the splendor of “unique” ensembles that have made an appearance on the non-traditional red carpet since the show’s debut in the ’80s. Year after year we’ve been blessed with looks like Madonna’s non-virginal wedding gown (replete with a “Boy Toy” belt buckle), Rose McGowan in well, pretty much nothing, and Lil’ Kim’s iconic purple jumpsuit that let half of her upper body fly free. Suffice it to say, the VMA red carpet is accustomed to jaw-dropping moments.

With 2018’s show flaunting a celebrity line-up that includes an opening monologue from newly post-partum Cardi B, a performance from Jennifer Lopez, and a showing from Teyana Taylor’s six-pack, we’re sure the boundary-pushing looks will only live on this year. Maybe Nicki Minaj will subtly throw more shade at Stormi with a gown fit for a #2 charting queen? We say bring on the drama as we pull together all our favorite fashion moments from award season’s most daring evening.

A dream is a wish your heart makes…and our dream is for Disney star Sofia Carson to let us borrow this Carolina Herrera gown once she’s done with it.

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We’ve been so hyped about Cardi B’s opening number we almost forgot to anticipate a jaw-dropping red carpet moment (brought to us by Nicolas Jebran).

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It’s hard to do see-through as well as Morgan Saint, but damn if we aren’t inspired to now free the nipple.

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First came Kiernan Shipka. Then came Millie Bobbie Brown. Now it looks we have another new fashion teen to love. Grace Vanderwaal just gets it in this sparkly Elkin dress.

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Amandla Stenberg could have shown everyone up in a floor-length gown, but no. Instead, she decided to show everyone up by proving she stuns just as well in a ready-to-wear outfit fresh off the Prada runway.

Winnie Harlow did a one, two switch on this evening just in time for her hosting duties for the VMAs pre-show. The clear winner between the two? Her white Zuhair Murad gown. Remind us again how Winnie didn’t win either of her rounds on ANTM.

We’d love Hayley Kiyoko no matter what she’s wearing, but we love her even more in this Stello dress.

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If we were a sister duo this stunning, we’d coordinate in matching Iris Van Herpen looks all the time, too.

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If only we knew to how to work a Rosie Assoulin trouser set at 14 half as well as Millie Bobby Brown does.

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Is there a VMA award for best abs? If so, we’re submitting Teyana Taylor as winner.

Forget looking for a knight in shining armor. Karlie Kloss in a chainmail Elie Saab column gown is so much better.

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Sza, we need you, we need you, we need you…to stop looking so perfect in this fuzzy Rodarte number.

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What do you do when you’re receiving the VMA Vanguard award? Show up as dazzling and metallic as the award itself, obviously. J.Lo channels the female fatale counterpart to her legendary moon-man award tonight in Versace.

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Coming off of her recent Forbes cover naming her the youngest almost self-made billionaire, it figures Kylie Jenner would have chosen to show up at her first red-carpet since Stormi like a boss in Tom Ford.

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Name a teen couple more stylish that King Princess and Amandla Stenberg. The recording artist shows us denim can be done right on the red carpet in a utilitarian Adam Selman set.

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