Fashion at the Oscars: Most Iconic Looks of All Time

As we approach Hollywood’s most awaited night, the 86th Annual Academy Awards, we’re giddy with the excitement of following the red carpet with a hawk’s eye view. Why, you ask? Because some of us (hello!) are fashion fanatics, and the Oscars are definitely one of the biggest fashion nights of the year.
So we walk down the memory lane and take a look at the ever-evolving Oscar red carpet style. From Audrey Hepburn to Angelina Jolie, and everyone else in between, we round up some of the most memorable, iconic Oscar fashion moments over the years.
– Audrey Hepburn showed off her signature style in a flared and belted Givenchy dress when she picked up her Best Actress Oscar in 1954.
– At the 1955 Oscars, Grace Kelly’s appearance in a silk gown by legendary costume designer Edith Head went down in the history books as one of the most iconic Oscar looks of all time.
– At the 1960 Oscars, Elizabeth Taylor wowed in a floral Christian Dior gown featuring a silk top, a full skirt with a sash and silk rose at the waist. She wore elbow-high gloves to complete her classy look.
– You must’ve heard that less is more at times. Here’s how. Audrey Hepburn donned a simple and sophisticated sleeveless white dress while Julie Andrews, who bagged the Oscar for the Best Actress in 1965, opted for a white gown. Their looks were as classy-60s as they can get!
– A head-turning bow tie and a horseshoe moustache—that’s the 70s marking their arrival! Sonny Bono made a statement at the 1973 Academy Awards, along with Cher, who flaunted her abs in an exotic, blingy outfit.
– Shirley MacLaine sported a classic shimmery gown when she co-hosted the 47th Academy Awards in 1975.
– Big, curly hair, heavy handed use of makeup and drapes, lots of drapes—that’s how Sigourney Weaver made a statement at the 1981 Oscars. A classic early 80s look.
– When talking about the most talked-about fashion on the Oscar red carpet, how can we skip Cher’s dare-to-bare act from 1988. You can always count on Cher to bring major drama to the red carpet! As wacky as it looks, back then, it made for quite a show-stopping moment for Cher.
– Ahh, nostalgia strikes! And yes, those are cornrows that you see. Remember when Brad Pitt and Juliette Lewis were a couple? They walked the red carpet together in 1992. Lewis sported a heavily embroidered dress and rounded up her look with pearls and satin gloves.
– Another golden couple from the 1990s. And nailing the 90s look is Nicole Kidman. A satin gown with oriental embroidery, a chain clutch, pulled back hair and a power pout—Nicole Kidman turned heads in that chinoiserie gown by John Galliano for Christian Dior back in 1997.
– You know we’re talking about the new millennium when most of the iconic looks from the decade belong to ladies donning floor-length gowns with trains:
2001: Julia Roberts owned the red carpet in her vintage Valentino gown
2005: Hilary Swank brought sexy back with this Guy Laroche number
2006: Michelle Williams showed us that yellow can be truly breathtaking
2007: Penelope Cruz made waves with her feathered Versace gown
– Angelina Jolie had everyone’s jaws hitting the floor when she walked the red carpet at the 2012 Academy Awards. Her Atelier Versace number was a hit, but it was the leg-flashing that got most of the attention! Jolie made the most out of her thigh-high slit on the red carpet.
And now as the mother of all red carpets is just around the corner, we couldn’t be more excited, especially as most 2014’s Oscar nominees have very unique styles. So who will play it safe and who will push the style envelope this year? Only time will tell. So let the countdown begin!
Apoorva Singh

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