Best Dresses

updated 12/26/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/26/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

Charlize Theron
IN JOHN GALLIANO FOR DIOR HAUTE COUTURE AT THE OSCARS

"I wanted her to look like she was floating across the stage," says Lisa Michelle, her stylist. The custom dress took 750 hours to make and two trips to fit her on location.

Kate Hudson
IN ROBERTO CAVALLI IN LONDON

"It was such a fun dress. I loved the pleats. I'm a big believer in wearing what makes you happy," she said.

Nicole Kidman
IN GUCCI AT THE GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS

"I put the peacock feather on it myself," she said of her unexpected accessory.

Halle Berry
IN VERSACE AT THE OSCARS

"[This was] the one that caught my eye this year," she said. A lower-priced dress inspired by it became one of A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz's all-time bestsellers.

Cate Blanchett
IN VALENTINO AT THE OSCARS

"Valentino made it for me. I just loved it," she said. She also hand-picked the color.

Marcia Cross
IN ELIE SAAB COUTURE AT THE EMMY AWARDS

"It was the first dress I tried on," she said. She was followed by an assistant who kept the dramatic skirt in check.

Keira Knightley
IN CALVIN KLEIN AT A PREMIERE

"I chose this dress for Keira because we wanted to make her feel luxurious and classic, yet very today. The color is absolutely stunning on her, "says Francisco Costa, creative director, Calvin Klein Collection for Women.

Jennifer Lopez
IN DOLCE & GABBANA AT A BENEFIT

"It is a quintessential '60s La Dolce Vita dress," says Andrea Lieberman her stylist. The dress was auctioned on eBay to raise money for HIV/AIDS charities. It sold for $3,686.76.

Salma Hayek
IN PRADA AT THE OSCARS

"[This dress] makes me feel well dressed, classy and inventive, "she said of her jet-beaded gown.

Reese Witherspoon
IN CAROLINA HERRERA AT A PREMIERE

"It definitely was a statement," says Lara Backmender, who styled her for the N.Y.C. Walk the Line screening, "but classy and sophisticated in the same way."

Nicole Richie
IN MOSCHINO COUTURE IN L.A.
"It was one of our favorites," says her stylist Rachel Zoe. "The blush color was perfect on her skin."

Naomi Watts
IN ROLAND MOURET AT A PREMIERE
She cut a very trim figure in the Galaxy dress created by the winner of the red carpet designer of the year at the British Fashion Awards.

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