Now be it is good or bad red carpets have led luminaries to momentous throughout history.
Throughout history, red carpets have led bigwig to momentous events, both good and bad.
Aeschylus, “the father of tragedy,” wrote various plays. In one of this most known play “Agamemnon,” he wrote the significance and use of red carpet. There have been many more events when red carpets are described as a symbol of welcome and honor.
Timeline of red carpet
Fast-forwarding significantly through history, during the early 1800s, when James Monroe (1753-1831), the fifth President of the US, was disembarked from a riverboat in Georgetown, SC, his welcoming party greeted him with a ceremonial red carpet. After that, it again disappeared only to re-appear back during the early 1900s, this time by the NY Central Railroad. The red carpet was rolled out as part of the first class service given on its 20th Century Limited train. This luxurious train was operated from New York to Chicago from 1938 until 1968. Passengers on board were welcomed by a path that followed a football field, vibrantly red rug that spanned the length of the train – from observation car to engine. Taking care of the luxuries of the guests, this combination of luxury and the striking pathway is generally credited as being the inspiration for the phrase “red carpet treatment.”
Theater magnate and showman Sid Grauman are widely credited for introducing the practice to Hollywood when he has a red carpet placed for the stars to follow at the premiere of Robin Hood in the year 1922.
After this, it was in the year 1961, during the Oscar night, when Academy thought of a practical method of guiding its numerous stars through the throng. They first placed a red carpet to lead the celebrities from their cars to the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. It was then, after seeing the public’s interest in seeing more of Hollywood’s brightest and best, Oscar producers began spending more time on exterior shots of the stars walking the carpet by the year 1964.
During the 1970s, celebrities began competing for the publicity and exposure afforded by the red carpet by exploring their fashion sense. It was with the introduction of People magazine, and the award show red carpet was transformed into a fashion runway soon that was as accessible as the television in your living room.
During the early 1900s, red carpet evolved again when Joan and Melissa Rivers began their coverage of pre-award show fashion, which started with Golden Globes in 1994. Celebrities with glamour and fashion at award functions, the reporters forever changed the ways stars entered these significant events with the simple but pertinent question, “Who are you wearing?”
Even today, people gladly watch the red carpet, that is aired before the award show. Here we can watch celebrities run on a fashion trail and know their styles and who they are wearing.