The Best Dresses in Oscar History

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The Oscars are undoubtedly one of the most glamorous events in the fashion calendar. Every February, celebrities dressed in the finest designer attire grace the Dolby theatre’s red carpet to celebrate master achievements in film.

Throughout history, the Academy Awards has seen its fair share of unforgettable moments: Ellen DeGeneres’ celebrity-filled selfie, the 2017 Best Picture gaff and we are still getting over Jennifer Lawrence’s awkward trip on the stairs in that voluminous Dior gown. Yet despite the memorable moments of the ceremony itself, discussion always finds its way back to fashion. We’re obsessed with the beautiful couture gowns, impeccably tailored suits and showstopping ensembles that keep us watching every year.

With the Academy Awards only weeks away, we’ve been talking about our favourite fashion hits at the BrandAlley offices. Scroll down to see our selection of the best dresses in Oscar history…

Audrey Hepburn, 1954, Givenchy


This demure white gown encapsulates her iconic style and marks the start of a lifelong partnership between French designer, Hubert de Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn.

Farah Fawcett, 1978, Stephen Burrows

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We are living for this gorgeous, gold chainmail dress which looks just as stylish and sultry today as it did in the 1970s.

 Goldie Hawn, 1997, Vera Wang

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It’s hard not to love Goldie Hawn. Her Instagram account and fun-loving nature never fails to crack us up but the exquisite Vera Wang gown she wore at the 1997 Oscars shows how she holds her own in the style stakes too.

Gwyneth Paltrow, 1999, Ralph Lauren

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While many remember Paltrow’s emotional acceptance speech at the 1999 Oscars, it was this elegant powder pink taffeta gown from Ralph Lauren that stole the show.

Halle Berry, 2002, Elie Saab

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When Halle Berry wore this breathtaking gown to the 2002 Oscars it put Lebanese designer, Elie Saab on the map. The intricate sheer panel detail, expert design, and full deep red skirt have made it one of the most memorable fashion moments of all time.

Angelina Jolie, 2012, Atelier Versace

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If there is anyone who can rock a thigh-high split, it’s Ms. Jolie. This custom-made strapless dress from Atelier Versace was the perfect hybrid of classic elegance and innovative design.

Lupita Nyong’o, 2014, Prada

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A newcomer to the film industry, Lupita Nyong’o became a style icon overnight in this pastel blue, princess-style dress from Prada.

Words: Casey O’Neill