Every Time Penelope Cruz Has Worn Versace On the Red Carpet

Yesterday, it was announced that Penelope Cruz will be taking on the role of Donatella Versace in an upcoming season of Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story, which will center around the murder of Donatella’s brother, Gianni. The news comes after months of speculation that noted Versace BFF Lady Gaga would be stepping into the role, though both the pop star and Murphy himself denied the rumors. It’s not hard to see Gaga as Donatella (the long blonde hair certainly helps) but Cruz? Then again, Murphy has never been one for typecasting. Just ask Sarah Paulson, who, under Murphy’s guidance, has starred as everyone from a two-headed woman to real-life prosecutor Marcia Clark. And though Cruz may not be a Donatella doppelgänger at first glance, she already has the fashion down. Over the years, the actress has donned numerous Versace gowns on the red carpet, including the 2007 Academy Awards. In honor of her new role, here’s a look back at all of her best Versace moments, from sleek leather to sequined gowns. And as for the hair? Well, there are wigs for that.


February 2007: Celebrating Versace at the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Awards, Cruz wore a black and navy gown with lace-up detailing.


February 2007: Attending the 2007 Academy Awards, Cruz had a princess moment in a strapless, blush-tone gown.


March 2007: For the 57th Sanremo Music Festival in Italy, Cruz opted for an skin-tight olive green gown.


February 2009: After winning an Academy Award for Vicky Christina Barcelona, Cruz hit the Vanity Fair after-party in a one-shouldered cream gown.


February 2010: For the 2010 Goya Awards, Cruz dressed in a sculptural white column gown.


September 2012: Cruz opted for a soft pink hue and thigh-high slit at the Toronto Film Festival.


September 2012: The actress draped herself in crimson at the 60th San Sebastian International Film Festival.


November 2012: With actor Sergio Castellitto, Penelope Cruz attended a photocall in Italy for Venuto al Mondo.


November 2012: At the Venuto al Mondo premiere, Cruz stepped out in a vibrant, turquoise gown.


February 2016: The actress attended the Madrid premiere of Zoolander No. 2 in metallic and white draped dress.


February 2016: Liquid gold came to mind as Cruz stepped out for another premiere of Zoolander 2 in slinky metallics.


February 2016: Channeling Audrey Hepburn, Cruz matched a strapless black ballgown with demure bangs.


November 2016: The actress loves a good one-shouldered gown, and her outing at the La Reina de Espana was just another one of her memorable looks.


February 2017: Cruz attends the 2017 Goya Awards in a asymmetrical black dress with matching pumps and a pair of gold earrings.


Ferbuary 2017: Another golden goddess moment for Cruz, this time at the 2017 BAFTAs.