Baftas: The 36 greatest gowns to hit the red carpet in the awards' history

There might not be a typical celebrity-packed ceremony this year, but allow red carpets past to satisfy any sartorial wistfulness

This year's awards season has been an unprecedented affair.

Gone are the typical red carpets and ceremonies packed wall to wall with Hollywood's elite.

Instead, in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, awards have been accepted via Zoom and celebrities' back gardens have formed the backdrop to photoshoots showcasing their finest eveningwear.

The EE British Academy Film Awards, more commonly known as the Baftas, are set to be no different.

This year, proceedings are being held virtually over two consecutive nights – Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11 – with trophies handed out over video calls.

While Saturday's event featured a number of behind-the-scenes gongs being awarded, Sunday's ceremony is set to include the big-name categories and the glitziest celebrity appearances.

And, with stars appearing virtually, we'll have to settle for glimpses of gowns and Instagram shoots this year.

However, to satisfy any sartorial wistfulness, we've looked back at the Bafta archives to uncover some of the awards' most memorable looks.

In the gallery above, discover 36 dresses worn in recent years that still look as elegant today as they did when they were first debuted on the red carpet.

From Lebanese labels such as Elie Saab to French favourites including Christian Dior and Valentino, these statement gowns are among the most unforgettable designs to ever hit the Baftas.