This year, vintage fashion took center stage on the red carpets and in paparazzi shots of celebrities. Whether they were attending a major event or not, Hollywood A-listers made archival fashion feel entirely modern, proving that a well-cut design can stand the test of time.
There were a few stars who made vintage designs their 2022 signature. Two standouts from Zendaya were the black Valentino strapless gown she wore to the Emmys, and the sculptural, strapless Bob Mackie gown in black and teak (from fall 1998) that she wore to a Time 100 Gala. Model Bella Hadid is also a noted fan of pre-loved fashion (she’s known to browse Depop, after all). At the Cannes Film Festival, she wore a white Tom Ford-era Gucci column gown with a hip cutout, and a frothy fall 1986 Chanel gown. The thing that Zendaya and Hadid have in common? They were both styled by Law Roach, who has an eye for throwback finds. “No matter if it was made in 1920 or 2020, a great dress is a great dress,” Roach told Vogue last month.
Some other celebrities were devoted to one particular vintage label. Kylie Jenner, for one, was obsessed with archival Mugler this year. At the opening of a Mugler retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum last month, she wore a strapless black gown from the designer’s fall 1995 collection—complete with a dramatic headpiece and opera gloves. In the summer, meanwhile, sister Kim Kardashian went through a brief Dolce & Gabbana era. While in Italy for Kourtney’s wedding—when most of the Kardashian family sported the label—Kim dove into the two designer’s back catalog for bodycon dresses and bodysuits.
Amal Clooney, Rihanna, Emily Ratajkowski, and Olivia Rodrigo are just a few other standout stars who made pre-loved clothing their own. Below, scroll for 29 more of this year’s best vintage fashion moments.