There’s a reason why Prince chose purple as his signature color. Not only does it symbolize royalty, purple is commonly associated with luxury and beauty thanks to flowers like orchids and sparkling jewels like amethyst. In fashion, it has a way of adding a regal, feminine flair to anything it’s paired with.
For a royal turn on the red carpet, celebrities opt for purple gowns in gorgeous shades like lavender, mauve and violet. But they’re just as striking in gowns that feature gradations of purple along the hem like Zoe Saldana’s Oscars gown and Beyonce’s dress for the Met Gala. Check out 10 times our favorite stars wowed us in the color purple.
1. Nia Long
Nia Long sizzled as only she can in a sultry purple gown at "The Best Man Holiday" Los Angeles premiere.
2. Lala Anthony
Ms. Anthony served bawdee on a silver platter in a cut-out purple Zac Posen number at the 2014 Met Gala.
Her highness, Queen Bey, chose a fittingly royal color for the breathtaking feather train of her Givenchy Couture gown, worn at the 2012 Met Gala.
4. Gabrielle Union
Gabrielle Union was elegant as ever in a deep purple slim-fitting gown with an asymmetrical neckline at the 2013 BET Inaugural Ball.
5. Kelly Rowland
Kelly Rowland chose the perfect shade of purple to compliment her golden brown complexion at the 2012 BET Honors. And Kelly Ro gets bonus points for expertly pairing it with cobalt blue pumps.
6. Zoe Saldana
What better color than purple for a dramatic turn on the red carpet? Zoe Saldana nailed it in a show-stopping ombre Givenchy Couture gown at the 2010 Oscars.
7. Serena Williams
A little purple dress can be just as sexy as a red or black moment, as Serena Williams proved in this draped number at the Evoque launch event.
8. Viola Davis
Viola Davis was pretty in plum at the 2012 Golden Globes in a Grecian-inspired gown, designed by Marchesa.
9. Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah looked like royalty in this Georges Chakra Couture iridescent purple chiffon gown with a jeweled halter neckline at the 2009 Peoples Choice Awards.
10. Elle Varner
Elle Varner was every bit the purple princess in a floral embroidered bright purple dress at the pre-BET Awards dinner in 2013.