Twenty years ago, the Screen Actors Guild hosted their fourth annual awards show in Los Angeles, where TV and film stars like Calista Flockhart and Julianne Moore walked the red carpet in the chicest ’90s evening looks. At least, they seemed chic at the time. Didn’t they? Looking at red carpets of the past is always a slightly disorienting experience — what once seemed so fashionable can feel almost painfully dated by today’s standards — but seriously, what were some of these people thinking?
Calista Flockhart wore a silk slip dress with a matching scarf and drawstring bag in sage green (aka J.Crew-wedding-catalog green, aka every-bridesmaid’s-worst-nightmare green).
A lot of people wore sunglasses, because apparently that was a thing in the ’90s.
It wasn’t a necessarily a good thing, but it was definitely a thing. Yep, it sure was!
Also a thing: shawls!
So many shawls.
Especially sheer black shalws.
But other shawls too. Like this burnout velvet one. Yep, that was happening.
The point is, no look was complete without a wrap of some sort.
Also, Helen Hunt and Hank Azaria used to be a thing.
And statement necklaces! Still with a shawl. ALWAYS WITH A SHAWL!
Here is Robin Williams sporting a statement belt buckle. (How cute is baby Matt Damon, though!?)
There were some bold posing choices being made on the red carpet in 1998.
There was occasional confusion about the dress code. (The show was still pretty new, after all.)
Minnie Driver wore clear plastic shoes.
And Julianne Moore went minimal. Very ’90s.
Ted Turner wore a ruffled shirt that looked dated back then, but, honestly, looks very Gucci now.
And Kim Basinger wore this giant black tuxedo coat because, well, that was her choice and she chose it. Yes, she did!
What fashion gems will this year’s red carpet hold? Only time will tell.
The 2018 Screen Actor’s Guild Awards are on Sunday, January 21.