When Solange and Rihanna stepped on the red carpet at the CFDA Awards in their retro-inspired gowns, you could’ve easily confused them for Diana Ross and Josephine Baker. Now more than ever, celebrities are drawing inspiration from previous eras for the red carpet. Whether it’s Beyonce in a ’70s-inspired lace gown and veil or Lupita Nyong’o in flapper gear replete with a headband and feathers, stars are embracing retro looks that stand the test of time.
We love to see celebs channel timeless styles from every decade while adding their own modern twist. From ’50s pompadours to ’90s grunge, some classic looks are too good to let go. Take a trip with us down memory lane and find out which stars dress like past fashion icons.
From her boa to her slicked-down hair, Rihanna channeled Josephine Baker in a custom Adam Selman gown at the CFDA Awards, honoring the late singer on her birthday.
2. Lupita Nyong'o
Also taking a page from Josephine Baker's style book, Lupita Nyong'o embraced the flapper look at the Met Gala with Prada feathers, jewels and a sparkly headband.
Beyonce drew inspiration from '70s icon Diana Ross in her Givenchy gown at the Met Gala.
4. Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj paid homage to Aaliyah's classic '90s style in a Moschino bra and panties, baggy jeans and doorknocker earrings.
5. Solange Knowles
Solange Knowles is regularly inspired by Diana Ross' glamorous '70s style. At the CFDA Awards, she channeled the fashion icon with a shimmery Calvin Klein gown and brushed out afro.
6. Rita Ora
Rita Ora gave a bad girl '90s vibe reminiscent of Winona Ryder in a custom leather jacket and plaid dress at the DKNY Fall 2014 presentation.
7. Jennifer Lopez
The Bronx-bred beauty was gone with the wind fabulous in a sweeping Donna Karan gown and flowing hair that would've made '70s icon Faye Dunaway proud.
8. Jennifer Hudson
From her acid wash denim jacket to her bared midriff, Jennifer Hudson's outfit at Bethann Hardison's 2014 CFDA Award Celebration was totally '80s.
9. Naomi Campbell
Naomi Campbell could've doubled as a flapper from the roaring '20s in her Alexander McQueen look at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards.
Iman's flipped Farrah Fawcet-inspired hair and loose-fitting printed jumpsuit looks like it was plucked straight from the '70s.
11. Janelle Monae
Janelle Monae's famous pompadour and bold statement earrings bring to mind Carmen Miranda's iconic 1940s look.
12. Joan Smalls
Also paying homage to Aaliyah, Joan Smalls rocked a classic '90s outfit after the Met Gala: a crop top, jeans and visible underwear bearing the Versace logo.
13. Gabrielle Union
Serving Josephine Baker realness, Gabrielle Union tapped into her inner flapper in a Prada confection at the 2014 Met Gala.
14. Anika Noni-Rose
Anika Noni-Rose hit the 21st New York African Film Festival Screening of Half Of A Yellow Sun in quintessential '70s separates: a loose-fitting blouse, high-waisted wide leg pants and a floppy hat.
15. Jada Pinkett-Smith
Jada Pinkett-Smith gave a more modern interpretation of 1920s glamour in this Alberta Ferretti fringe mini dress at the FOX 2014 Programming Presentation.
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