The Most Iconic Oscars Dresses, Still Wearable Today


The test of a true classic is that its appeal never really diminishes



The Academy Awards do not begin during the host’s opening monologue; it begins once the guests set foot onto the red carpet. And the test of a true iconic fashion moment is that it can be appreciated even years after the event. Below we’ve listed some of the Oscar’s best fashion moments.


Audrey Hepburn, 1954


Audrey Hepburn was always about tailored pieces with a timeless silhouette, which is exactly why her style has stayed relevant throughout her decades in the industry. This number from Givenchy that she wore at the 1954 Academy Awards is the epitome of that.


Grace Kelly, 1955


Keeping it classy at the 1955 Oscars was Grace Kelly in Edith Head. Her simple draped dress was complemented by her elbow length gloves and the golden statue in her hands.


Gwyneth Paltrow, 1999


This Ralph Lauren gown worn by Gwyneth Paltrow at the 1999 Academy Awards is memorable for its pink color and simple yet striking silhouette. This is one of the many moments that helped cement her status as a style icon.


Julia Roberts, 2001


Julia’s iconic Oscar dress from 2001 was vintage 1982 Valentino. Her choice to wear a vintage dress was a breath of fresh air in a red sea of custom-made, never-seen-before ensembles.


Halle Berry, 2002


At the beginning of the mesh trend was Halle Berry in her Elie Saab gown at the 2002 Oscars. She was sexy without being overbearing and the gown was the perfect mix of embroidery and satin, proving that there should be no fear in mixing it up.


Anne Hathaway, 2009


This number from Armani Prive was a wow moment for Anne Hathaway. Its strategically arranged paillettes flattered her figure perfectly and proved to the world that she had shed her younger shell. It was “Goodbye, Mia Thermopolis” and “Hello, Anne.”


Lupita Nyong’o, 2014


The powder blue dress from Prada that Lupita Nyong’O wore at the 2014 Academy Awards was sweet and flawlessly moved with her every step. Remember, formal does not always mean stiff.


Cate Blanchett, 2016


At last year’s Academy Awards, Cate walked in an Armani Prive gown with 3D floral detailing. There was a bit of a debate about whether or not the actress had made a good choice, but we think she did. Talk about bringing back some old Hollywood glam. 






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