Oscar gowns

The Most Iconic Oscars Gowns of All Time | The Academy Awards 2018

Winning an Oscar is considered the shining moment of any Hollywood Actress’s career – and accompanying them to the stage to collect their award, is the all-important, Oscar-winning gown. From Audrey Hepburn’s elegant Givenchy dress in 1954 to Gwyneth Paltrow’s gorgeous pink gown in 1999, there have been many iconic fashion moments on the red carpet of the Academy Awards. Read on to discover our favorite gowns from the Oscars over the years…

1954: Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy

Audrey Hepburn as Princess Ann | Roman Holiday (1953)

“I’d like to do just whatever I like, the whole day long.” – Ann, Roman Holiday

Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy | PA Photos

Best Actress: For Princess Ann in Roman Holiday 

To collect her award, Audrey Hepburn wore a striking white floral Hubert de Givenchy dress. The debut of this belted Givenchy dress at 26th annual Academy Awards marked the very first time that Hepburn wore a Givenchy creation in public. Embracing a classic, elegant boat neckline, Hepburn looked every inch the sophisticated actress in the stunning gown.

Hepburn and French designer, Hubert de Givenchy, went on to develop a close friendship. She is said to have referred to Givenchy as her “best friend”, with the designer fondly calling her his “sister”. Hepburn continued to wear Givenchy religiously, leading to a long-lasting professional association, as well as a friendship.

1955: Grace Kelly in Edith Head

Grace Kelly as Georgie | The Country Girl (1954)

“The last time we talked, Mr. Dodd, you reduced me to tears. I promise you, it won’t happen again.” – Georgie, The Country Girl

Grace Kelly and Edmond O'Brien | Getty Images

Best Actress: For Georgie in The Country Girl 

Legendary American costume designer, Edith Head, was the creative genius behind Grace Kelly’s show-stopping, pale blue French satin gown. It’s said the the material alone cost $4,000, making it one of the most memorable (and expensive) Oscar gowns of its time. The ice-blue gown was originally created for the premiere of The Country Girl, but instead saw its debut at the Oscars.

We love that Kelly’s Oscar-winning gown was created by a costume designer – not a fashion designer. She looked the epitome of class in the silky dress, paired with elbow-length, white gloves and delicate accessories. Simply stunning.

1993: Marisa Tomei in Chanel

Marisa Tomei as Mona Lisa | My Cousin Vinny (1992)

“I really don’t like when things are all polished and perfect – the perfect love story and the hair is perfect.”
– Marisa Tomei

Marisa in Chanel | Getty Images

Best Supporting Actress: For Mona Lisa Vito in My Cousin Vinny 

Marisa Tomei stunned in a white Chanel gown with black piping, a statement black bow tied around the waist and full-length black gloves. Chic, sophisticated and entirely Oscar-worthy, Marisa’s outfit was reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn’s elegant style. Yet she wasn’t a favorite to win – with only a handful of roles under her belt, Tomei wasn’t expected to claim the Oscar at all.

There have since been allegations that Marisa Tomei was awarded her Oscar by mistake, an error rumored to have been at the hands of Oscars presenter, Jack Palance. Whatever the truth, we think her Chanel gown is simply stunning. Worthy Oscar winner or not, Marisa Tomei’s refined black and white ensemble is definitely in the running for one of the chicest Oscar gowns of all-time.

1997: Nicole Kidman in Dior

Nicole Kidman as Satine | Moulin Rouge (2001)

“John Galliano made it for me, and I love it.” Nicole Kidman, on her 1997 Oscars dress

Nicole Kidman | Getty Images

No Nomination: Just impeccably dressed! 

She may not have been nominated for an award the 69th Annual Academy Awards, but Nicole Kidman’s 1997 Oscars gown definitely deserves a mention. She famously set the bar for red carpet gowns with her unique chinoiserie-embroidered dress by Christian Dior. The striking, iridescent silk gown was designed to turn heads, and it did just that: notoriously, her silky green ensemble upset comedian Joan Rivers to the point that she opened heckled Kidman on camera for her bold look.

However, in the eyes of the public, Nicole Kidman’s effortless class and decorum overrode Rivers’s ruling. Kidman’s look became one of the most-revered of all-time and many praised her for bringing a dramatic touch of couture to the red carpet. From the side-slit detailing of her dress to the jeweled, drop earrings and bold red lip, Kidman’s 1997 Oscars ensemble was simply destined to make its mark.

1999: Gwyneth Paltrow in Ralph Lauren

Gwyneth Paltrow as Viola | Shakespeare in Love (1998)

“I would not have thought it. There is something better than a play.” – Viola de Lesseps, Shakespeare in Love

Gwyneth Paltrow in Ralph Lauren | Getty Images

Best Actress: For Viola de Lesseps in Shakespeare in Love

Paltrow is famous for two things at the 71st Academy Awards: her incredibly teary speech, upon winning ‘Best Actress’, and her gorgeous, powder pink gown by Ralph Lauren. Compared to the red carpet style of Grace Kelly, and cited by several sources as one of the greatest dresses in Oscars history, Paltrow’s outfit certainly caused a stir at the awards.

The soft pink taffeta gown was of a minimalistic design, yet exuded style and finesse. With a low-cut bodice that drew Paltrow’s figure in at the waist, offset with a wide, full skirt, the Ralph Lauren gown was the embodiment of elegance and femininity. Paltrow opted to style the stunning, rose-hued gown with Harry Winston jewelry, which was valued at around $160,000.

2014: Lupita Nyong’o in Prada


“No matter where you are from your dreams are valid.”
– Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong'o in Prada | PA Photos

Best Supporting Actress: For Patsey in 12 Years A Slave

The 12 Years A Slave actress celebrated her first Oscars in style, making an entrance in a beautiful, pale blue plunging gown by Prada. The pastel hue was a surprise, never-before seen on the gorgeous Lupita, but certainly suited her, as all custom-made gowns should. Lupita accentuated the striking gown with a statement headband and fine jewelry by Fred Leighton.

Lupita’s fashion choices have been well-documented since her Oscar win. She’s often seen experimenting with unconventional silhouettes and bold, vibrant hues. Unsurprisingly, she’s quickly topping best-dressed lists. We absolutely love Lupita’s powder-blue, Prada gown, and expect it to be a sterling example of how to dress for the red carpet, for years to come.

2017: Emma Stone in Givenchy


“People love what other people are passionate about.” – Mia, La La Land

Emma Stone in Givenchy | Getty Images

Best Actress: For Mia in La La Land

Everyone expected Emma to dazzle spectators on the red carpet, with previous appearances in Chanel at the Baftas and Valentino at the Golden Globes. Emma’s 2017 Oscars dress did just that, channeling Gatsby vibes and fusing timeless elegance with fun detailing.

The Givenchy Haute Couture dress was designed by Riccardo Tisci, with a focus on embellishments, experimentation with tiers and a sweetheart neckline. Emma chose to accessorise with striking gold, statement earrings and her red locks were swept into traditional 1920’s sleek waves, completing the flapper-inspired look.

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