Best Oscar Dresses of All Time

Some of the most memorable looks in fashion history happened during the 90 years of the Academy Awards. From Lauren Hutton’s rainbow gown and Audrey Hepburn’s auction-worthy Givenchy frocks to the gown that made Jennifer Lawrence trip on stage, we’re taking a look back at the most memorable looks from the biggest night in Hollywood.

Joan Collins-1950

Joan Collins clearly turned heads in this bubble hem gown—and in the ’50s no formal look was complete without elbow-length gloves.

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Audrey Hepburn- 1954

An icon on and off the screen, Audrey Hepburn often worked with the house of Givenchy for her red carpet appearances. This Givenchy gown still stands the test of time.

best oscars dresses

Daryl Hannah- 1988

While the popularity of elbow-length gloves was waning, they made even more of a statement when Daryl Hannah paired them with her glamorous gold dress and long blonde waves.

best oscars dresses

Cindy Crawford- 1993

What’s a supermodel to wear to her first Academy Awards? A body-hugging Herve Leger dress to show off her enviable figure if you’re Cindy Crawford.

best oscars dresses

Julia Roberts- 2001

Julia Roberts took home the big award for her role in Erin Brockovich in this timeless Valentino gown.

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Charlize Theron- 2004

Charlize Theron won big in 2004 for Monster with her Dior gown sparkling against her tanned skin.

Nicole Kidman- 2007

Nicole Kidman’s Balenciaga gown was the style equivalent to “business in the front, party in the back” with the exquisite bow draping from her neck into a train behind her.

Angeline Jolie- 2012

The dress that spawned a million memes. Angeline Jolie’s strong stance in her Atelier Versace gown with her left leg became known as “Angie leg.”

Gwyneth Paltrow- 2012

Gwyneth Paltrow pioneered the caped trend at the 2012 Academy Awards in this Tom Ford, which became one of the biggest fashion trends from outerwear to cocktail dresses.

Lupita Nyong’o- 2014

In the span of a year Lupita Nyong’o became a style icon. The actress described her custom Prada dress color as “Nairobi blue” in honor of where she grew up in Kenya.

Jennifer Lawrence- 2016

Jennifer Lawrence and Dior have been a match made in sartorial heaven since the two began working together in 2012. This lace and tulle confection which she wore for her Joy nomination was another one for the books.

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