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Baftas: The 32 greatest gowns to hit the red carpet in the awards' history

Given that attendees have been asked to rewear previous gowns, or choose sustainable options for 2020, we'd love to see any of these looks resurface

While the rest of us may wear a series of outfits on repeat, it's a rarity to see an A-list star step on to the red carpet in the same look twice.

The EE British Academy Film Awards, more commonly known as the Baftas, are doing their best to change that.

In a bid to encourage a greener, more environmentally conscious ceremony this year, the Baftas have asked attendees to consider rewearing an outfit they already own to the ceremony, which will take place in London on Sunday, February 2.

Alternatively, the academy has asked guests to choose a design from an ethical label that has been crafted in an eco-friendly manner, or to simply rent a gown for the night.

"Sustainability is very important to Bafta, and we’re doing more than ever before," a spokesperson told Harper's Bazaar UK. "The goal is that the EE British Academy Film Awards 2020 will be carbon neutral, working towards having a net positive impact on the environment. From travel and food, to branding and materials, Bafta is ensuring the awards are as sustainable as possible."

This year's Baftas, which have been criticised for a lack of diversity after not a single person of colour was nominated across the best actor and actress categories, will see the likes of Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, who have already confirmed their attendance, walk the red carpet.

Ahead of the night, when we will see exactly which stars will recycle some of their previous designer gowns, we've looked back at the Bafta archives to uncover some of the awards' most memorable looks.

In the gallery above, discover 32 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, any one of these statement gowns would suit the 2020 ceremony.

The Baftas will take place on Sunday, February 2 at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Updated: January 28, 2020 04:15 PM

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