The Oscars have long been considered the fashion Olympics for Hollywood’s brightest stars. With honourees at this season’s awards shows mostly opting for all-black ensembles, it will be interesting to see if the pattern holds true for the biggest night in film. But before we try to forecast the future, let’s take a look at some of the most glamorous moments from the past. Ahead are the 25 most iconic red-carpet looks in the history of the Academy Awards:
1. Grace Kelly, 1955
The queen of red-carpet elegance, Grace Kelly wearing this mint-green spaghetti-strap number is everything.
2. Audrey Hepburn, 1953
The definition of classic beauty is Audrey Hepburn wearing this cinched lace number to collect her Oscar for Roman Holiday.
3. Cher, 1986
Cher shows off her toned abs in a dramatic outfit that, let’s be honest, is way more Grammys than Academy Awards.
4. Lauren Hutton, 1975
Ever the picture of elegance, Lauren Hutton had a little fun on the red carpet with a floaty, pastel dress paired with this chubby fur jacket.
5. Cindy Crawford, 1991
The ultimate Kim Kardashian move: show up at the Oscars, not nominated, and steal all the attention.
Whoopi was playfully elegant in a black sequinned gown while accepting her award for best supporting actress in the movie Ghost.
7. Nicole Kidman, 1997
Considered one of the most influential red carpet gowns in fashion history, Nicole Kidman’s silk chartreuse gown by newly minted Dior designer John Galliano helped to put him on the map and is considered the first true ‘couture’ gown on the red carpet.
8. Julia Roberts, 2001
Our favorite all-American sweetheart looked flawless in this vintage Valentino work of art from 1982 when she took home a win for her portrayal of Erin Brockovich.
9. Halle Berry, 2002
One of our favourite Oscars looks of all time, Halle Berry was pure elegance in this embroidered burgundy Elie Saab dress with a satin train and her signature pixie cut. That night, she was the first black woman to take home a Best Actress award, for her work in Monster’s Ball.
10. Penelope Cruz, 2007
Penelope took sophistication to the next level in this feathered, blush Versace gown when she was nominated for a best actress award for Volver.
11. Marion Cotillard, 2008
The mermaid tail is tough to nail without looking like a prom dress gone wrong, but when yours was a couture piece designed by Jean Paul Gaultier – and covered with intricate scale embroidery – you’re in a whole new category.
12. Octavia Spencer, 2012
Octavia proves that plus-sized = gorgeous. The actress looked dashing in a Tadashi Shoji figure-hugging gown.
13. Meryl Streep, 2012
An acting icon and epic speech-giver (don’t mess with Meryl), she mimicked an Oscar statuette with this gold lamé Lanvin gown (in her signature red carpet style: floor-length dress and plunging neckline).
14. Mila Kunis, 2011
This head-turning gown was by Elie Saab, a true master of the red carpet.
15. Lupita Nyong’o, 2014
The then-newcomer stunned in a beautiful aquamarine custom Prada gown with a Fred Leighton headband that landed her on many best-dressed lists in 2014.
16. Cate Blanchett, 2014
Cate was elegant as always in an Armani Privé embellished gown with jewellery by Chopard.
17. Jennifer Lopez, 2015
This is one of JLo’s most memorable red-carpet looks, as it was a refreshing deviation from her usual figure-hugging, high-slit styles.
18. Emma Stone, 2015
Emma was perfection in this pale-green, high-slit Elie Saab number.
19. Gweneth Paltrow, 2015
The actress swept the carpet in a pink Ralph and Russo dress.
20. Kerry Washington, 2016
Kerry was glamorous in monochromatic Versace Atelier.
21. Charlize Theron, 2016
The actress took over the red carpet in a gorgeous crimson plunging gown from Dior Houte Couture.
22. Lady Gaga, 2016
This Brandon Maxwell gown was inspired by a jumpsuit Lady Gaga had previously worn for a performance. It’s Old Hollywood glam with a definite modern twist.
23. Jennifer Lawrence, 2016
The Best Actress Oscar may have gone to Brie Larson, but we think Jennifer still won in the style stakes.
24. Naomie Harris, 2017
Naomie walked the red carpet in a sophisticated white sequinned gown by the master of minimalism, Calvin Klein.
25. Taraji P Henson, 2017
The Hidden Figures actress showed off some leg in a black custom Alberta Ferretti gown.