Red carpet protests are as old as award shows

Forget 2015’s #AskHerMore awards-season campaign, where actresses begged to wax poetic about their roles rather than their red-carpet regalia. At Sunday’s Golden Globes, women actually want their outfits to do the talking.

Actors such as Reese Witherspoon and Jessica Chastain will reportedly ditch the self-congratulatory sparkles, pretty pastels and fashionable frippery usually associated with the red carpet. Instead, they’ll don black — some with a graphic button declaring “Time’s Up” — as a sober reminder of the sexual harassment and abuse allegations currently setting Hollywood, and the country, ablaze.

Celebrities have long used the red carpet to spotlight their favored causes, to protest or to express their rage. Think: Emma Stone accenting her gold fringe frock with a matching Planned Parenthood pin at last year’s Oscars, Ava DuVernay wearing a gown by the Lebanon-based designer Mohammed Ashi in the wake of President Trump’s announced Muslim ban, or Amber Rose donning a third-wave-feminist flesh-colored bodysuit emblazoned with slut-shaming terms such as “hoe” and “golddigger.”

Then there are the more idiosyncratic statements, such as costume designer Lizzy Gardiner’s 1995 Oscars dress made out of American Express Gold credit cards, which was interpreted as a comment on the excesses of Hollywood. Cher’s shocking Bob Mackie outfit and Mohawk hairdo in 1986 was meant to spite the Academy, which had put out a memo that year asking actresses, who had been apparently slacking off by wearing too many pantsuits, to please dress appropriately.

And it goes back even further.

“Basically, the whole notion of ‘political dressing’ has been part of awards season really since the beginning,” Bronwyn Cosgrave, author of “Made for Each Other: Fashion and the Academy Awards,” tells The Post.

Red-carpet fashion, she adds, “has been political, it’s been environmental and it’s been [used] to champion health causes.”

Even before award shows were televised — and before they rolled out a red carpet — actresses, in particular, were expected to look alluring and sexy.

Some of them resented that.

In 1936, blue-eyed beauty Bette Davis scandalized studio execs when she stepped onstage to pick up her Best Actress Oscar in a defiantly dowdy outfit she plucked from the set of a movie called “Housewife.”

Tomboy Katharine Hepburn, who never kowtowed to anyone’s notion of femininity, nearly caused a panic when…

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