Emerging talents made a high-octane impact in 2016, too.

Tunisian star Hend Sabry practically demanded a double take in a deep plum, off-the-shoulder gown by up-and-coming Tunisian couturier Ali Karoui at the 2016 Dubai International Film Festival in December.

Elsewhere, at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, model Winnie Harlow opted for an asymmetric dress by Lebanese designer Nicolas Jebran.

Here, we look back at the standout examples of Middle Eastern designers taking over red carpets.