The ladies at the SAG Awards put their best foot forward in dazzling gowns with innovative and original twists, but don’t let their bling blind you, there is always an inspiration behing each and every look. Keep reading below to see what images of the past inspired the stars on this year’s SAG Awards red carpet.

Reigning red carpet queen Emma Stone puts a feminine spin on tuxedo dressing in this Christian Dior Couture sheer gown with an elongated tuxedo jacket. Fashion followers will be all too familiar with Dior’s creative director Raf Simons’ homage to Yves Saint Laurent’s iconic ‘le smoking’ look seen here on Cindy Crawford in the February 1989 issue of Vogue.

Golden girl Reese Witherspoon is a true old Hollywood bombshell in a white-hot custom Giorgio Armani gown. Her one shouldered gown and glamorous hair and makeup hark back to the days of 1950’s Paris as photographed by Richard Avedon. Here Sunny Harnett oozes appeal in a one- shouldered Madame Gres gown.

Emmy Rossum is a classic beauty in this shimmering Giorgio Armani Prive gown entirely embellished with Swarovski crystals. Her sparkle evokes Richard Avedon’S iconic 1957 photo of Carmen Dell’Orefice in Paris for Harper’s Bazaar.

Naomi Watts exhibits regal elegance in this navy column gown by Balenciaga complete with an intricately beaded off the shoulder detail. An original design from Bergdorf Goodman, featured in the July 1935 issue of Vogue, took this shoulder detail to the max, but the shape and sophistication surely served as inspiration for Balenciaga’s current designer Alexander Wang.  - Lauren Wilson