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.