The Most Gorgeous Oscars Gowns Of All Time
When it comes to the Oscars, it isn't just about honoring the greatest achievements in the film industry. It is just as much about the awe-inspiring gowns seen on the red carpet. From Audrey Hepburn's quintessential Givenchy dress in 1954 to the spellbinding Ellie Saab gown worn by J-Lo in 2015, we've culled the best looks ever seen at the Academy Awards. Which one is your favorite?
Audrey Hepburn, 1954
Back in the day, anything Audrey Hepburn touched turned into gold. So you can imagine the hype when she wore this white, floral Givenchy gown to the Oscars in 1954. Not only was this gown considered a classic of the 20th century, Time Magazine voted it the Greatest Oscars Dress of All Time.
Grace Kelly, 1955
This ice-blue satin gown designed by Edith Head stunned everyone at the Oscars in 1955. Cut from $4,000 French satin, this gown is definitely worthy of making the list.
Janet Leigh, 1960
Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis were a hot couple when they graced the red carpet together in 1960. Leigh’s sleeveless gown with a popped collar is just as classy now as it was then.
Elizabeth Taylor, 1961
The legendary actress accepted the Best Actress award for Butterfield 8 in this gorgeous, floral Christian Dior gown at the Oscars in 1961. She also sported a tracheotomy scar she got from an accident whilst filming Cleopatra that year.
Audrey Hepburn, 1968
This dress was straight from Hubert De Givenchy‘s haute couture collection in 1968. Hepburn was the designer’s muse. “His are the only clothes in which I am myself. He is far more than a couturier, he is a creator of personality,” the actress said about Givenchy, who was also her best friend.
Elizabeth Taylor, 1970
She wore another one of Edith Head‘s gowns to the Oscars in 1970. The plunging neckline made quite the statement at the time, and is considered one of Taylor’s most iconic looks.
Mia Farrow, 1979
Farrow looked like Hollywood royalty in this extremely sexy embellished white gown on the Oscars red carpet in 1979.
Meryl Streep, 1983
Meryl Streep didn't let a growing baby bump keep her from looking drop-dead gorgeous. She practically matches the Oscar she's holding, which she won for her role in Sophie's Choice.
The Queen of Pop arrived at an Oscars after-party dazzling in $20 million worth of Harry Winston diamonds paired with a glittery gown designed by Bob Mackie. She was definitely channeling her inner Marilyn here.
Elizabeth Hurley, 1995
The British actress doesn’t look like she has aged a day since this picture was taken at the Oscars in 1995. The fashion queen flaunted her figure in this sculpted white gown—just a year after she made a statement with her infamous safety pin Versace dress.
Nicole Kidman, 1997
She may be a household name now, but Nicole Kidman hadn’t yet solidified her place as an A-lister when she wowed the world in this sleeveless Dior gown at the Oscars in 1997. This may have been the day she stepped out of then-beau Tom Cruise‘s shadow.
Gwyneth Paltrow, 1999
This bubblegum-pink gown by Ralph Lauren made Paltrow look like a princess as she glided across the Oscars red carpet in 1999. Pink dresses became a serious thing that year.
Cate Blanchett, 1999
Wearing a sheer, backless gown like this to the Oscars in the late 90’s was risque, but who better to pull it off than Cate Blanchett?
Julia Roberts, 2001
Wearing vintage anything suddenly became fashionable when Julia Roberts debuted this 1982 Valentino masterpiece at the Oscars in 2001. Valentino himself was in awe. “I have dressed so many people, but I have to be sincere. The person that made me feel so very, very happy was Julia Roberts. When she got the Academy Award for Erin Brockovich I watched it on television and really I was so excited that she appeared in my dress,” he said.
Halle Berry, 2002
Halle Berry’s gorgeous skin and toned figure looked ravishing in this Elie Saab gown. It was a huge hit on the red carpet back in 2002, where she became the first African-American actress to win an Oscar for Best Actress.
Kate Winslet, 2002
Kate Hudson, 2003
How could you not swoon over Kate Hudson wearing this gorgeous shimmering gown? Designer Donatella Versace hand-sewed the lace onto the dress, which was embedded with 14-carat gold.
Angelina Jolie, 2004
This Marc Bouwer white satin gown was an unexpected surprise coming from the edgy Angelina Jolie at the time, but it complimented her flawless body nonetheless.
Charlize Theron, 2004
The blonde bombshell showed off her incredible, tanned figure in this glittering Gucci gown at the Oscars in 2004. She looked stunning as she accepted the award for Best Actress for her role in Monster.
Naomi Watts, 2004
Hilary Swank, 2005
She won Best Actress for Million Dollar Baby in this stunning sapphire gown by Guy Laroche. It is simple and elegant, but the deep low back adds just the right amount of sexiness needed for the red carpet.
Gisele Bundchen, 2005
The Brazilian beauty, and Leo DeCaprio’s then-girlfriend, made her red carpet debut in 2005, wearing this strapless Christian Dior dress. There is a reason she’s the world’s highest paid supermodel.
Keira Knightley, 2006
Knightley looked like a vision in this elegant, custom-made Vera Wang. After the award show the British actress donated the gown to an auction, and the proceeds went towards the food crisis in Africa.
Michelle Williams, 2006
This stunning, saffron Vera Wang gown was made especially for Williams. And to think she looked that good just three months after giving birth to her baby.
Reese Witherspoon, 2006
Penelope Cruz, 2007
The Spanish beauty was on everyone’s best dressed list when she wore this sumptuous, blush-colored Atelier Versace gown to the Oscars in 2007.
Kirsten Dunst, 2007
All eyes were on Kirsten Dunst at the Oscars when she arrived in a unique Chanel haute couture gown. Very few people would be able to pull of this complicated neck like and feathered hem — except for Dunst of course, who looked flawless.
Nicole Kidman, 2007
It was an elegant and eye-catching choice for the Australian actress to wear red on the red carpet. The giant bow on the Balenciaga gown was received with mixed reviews; however, Kidman carried it with such grace that, for the most part, it is considered a memorable and aspirational red carpet look.
Helen Mirren, 2007
Who better to prove that age is just a number than Helen Mirren? The British dame slays in a delicate, bead-encrusted, off-white Christian Lacroix gown at the Oscars in 2007.
Renee Zellweger, 2008
This Carolina Herrera gown made heads turn at the Oscars in 2008. Zellwegar’s porcelain skin was accentuated by her head to toe bling.
Marion Cotillard, 2008
Penelope Cruz, 2008
Cruz channeled her simmering Spanish sexiness in this feather trimmed Chanel haute couture gown at the Oscars in 2008.
Anne Hathaway, 2009
Cameron Diaz, 2010
She arrived late at the red carpet that year, but it was so worth it to see her look stunning and confident in this champagne colored Oscar de la Renta gown. The gold palette embroidery is proof of excellent craftsmanship.
Sarah Jessica Parker, 2010
SJP pulled this gown straight off the runway from Chanel haute couture’s Spring 2010 collection. The gown’s unique embellishment and design set it apart from all others.
Kate Winslet, 2010
Looking elegant as ever, Winslet gave off an old-Hollywood vibe in this metallic Atelier Yves Saint Laurent bustier gown. Her look was complete with a YSL satin clutch, YSL sandals and Tiffany jewels.
Sandra Bullock, 2010
She won Best Actress for her role in The Blind Side that year and looked stunning as ever in this timeless Marchesa gown. The beading on the gown was vintage, and Bullock described wearing it was a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Zoe Saldana, 2010
It is safe to say that Zoe Saldana shut it down with this Givenchy Couture gown—straight off the runway. The vibrant purple and the pompoms on the skirt were a huge risk to take at the Oscar red carpet, but Zoe pulls off the look with ease.
Jennifer Hudson, 2011
Mila Kunis, 2011
The lavender, chiffon gown worn by Mila Kunis at the 2011 Oscars was a vision of perfection. This was another look taken straight off the runway from Elie Saab‘s Spring 2011 couture collection.
Jessica Chastain, 2012
For the 2012 Oscars, The Help star dressed to kill in this black strapless Alexander McQueen gown. Designer Sarah Burton was inspired by nature to create the intricate golden embroidery that trickles all the way down to the trail of the dress.
Rooney Mara, 2012
The ‘it girl’ looked elegant and sharp in this white Givenchy couture gown with a plunging neckline and dramatic train.
Gwyneth Paltrow, 2012
Paltrow presented an award in 2012 when she wore this striking Tom Ford cape dress to the Oscars. She limited her accessories to a cuff bracelet and kept her hairstyle simple with a tight, sleek ponytail.
Jennifer Lawrence, 2013
The Academy Award-winning actress didn’t try on this stark blush Christian Dior couture gown until the morning of the Oscars. And thank goodness it fit! Lawrence infamously tripped up the stairs as she went to accept her Oscar, which adds another memorable element to the gorgeous gown.
Catherine Zeta Jones, 2013
Though she wasn’t nominated for an Oscar that year, sge was definitely a winner on the red carpet with her stunning Zuhair Murad gown. How she flawlessly blends classy and sexy at all times is beyond us.
Angelina Jolie, 2014
Jolie stunned again in a sheer, nude Elie Saab couture gown—her best accessory being Brad Pitt, obviously.
Jenna Dewan Tatum, 2014
Just a year post-baby, Dewan Tatum stole the spotlight at the Oscars in 2014. This sparkly Reem Arca feathered dress floored everyone at the red carpet ceremony that night.
Kate Hudson, 2014
Hudson definitely went for the old Hollywood look in this cleavage-baring glittery Atelier Versace gown. Her side-swept curls just top off the look.
Emma Stone, 2015
Talk about showing off your best assets! The redheaded beauty’s slim physique and porcelain skin were accentuated by this à la mode Elie Saab gown.
Jennifer Aniston, 2015
Poised in a nude beaded Versace gown, Aniston left everyone speechless at the Oscars last year.
Lupita Nyong’o, 2015
Made with over 6,000 pearls, this custom Calvin Klein gown caused quite the hype at the Oscars last year. It was reported stolen the day after Nyong’o wore it. The thief who stole the $150,000 gown ended up returning it because he claimed the pearls were fake.
Scarlett Johansson, 2015
Scarlett Johansson stunned at the 2015 Academy Awards in this dark green Versace gown. The Swarvoski crystal embroidered bib collar necklace she wore finished the look flawlessly.
Oprah Winfrey, 2015
Oprah was totally owning it when she walked the red carpet in this nude tailored Vera Wang gown. The subtle gold and silver jewelry complimented her look in all the right ways.
Viola Davis, 2015
Jennifer Lopez, 2015
This Elie Saab gown is to die for. The deep v-neck and sparkly tulle looks breathtaking on Lopez’s flawless skin. We cannot wait to see what J. Lo is going to rock at the Oscars this year.
Lady Gaga, 2016
Lady Gaga stunned in a custom white jumpsuit from Brian Maxwell at the 2016 Acadamy Awards. The gorgeous singer and actress topped off the glamorous look with a pair of $8 million Lorraine Schwartz emerald-cut diamond earrings.
Priyanka Chopra, 2016
Actress and former Miss World Priyanka Chopra looked flawless presenting at the 2016 Oscars in a white Zuhair Murad dress and millions of dollars in diamonds.
Jennifer Lawrence, 2016
J. Law is always a stunner, but her look at the 2016 Academy Awards was dramatically different from the white lace and sparkling sequins that dominated the rest of the red carpet. We loved her dramatic Dior Haute Couture gown and understated Chopard jewels.
Olivia Wilde, 2016
Olivia Wilde managed to pull of sexy and classy in a timeless side-boob-baring gown from Valentino. Her minimalist choker and white clutch were the perfect subtle accents to the actress's jaw-dropping gown.
Kerry Washington, 2016
The beautiful Scandal star stood out in an edgy, attention-grabbing gown at the 2016 Oscars. Her Altier Versace gown and vintage Harry Winston jewels were a perfect pairing.
Brie Larson, 2016
Up-and-coming star Brie Larson blew the competition away in a sparkling Gucci dress at the 2016 Academy Awards. It was the perfect look for not only her first Oscars attendance, but her first Oscar win for Best Actress!
Ruth Negga, 2017
Ruth Negga's bright crimson Valentino dress has us feeling nostalgic for Old Hollywood Glamour. Not many can pull off a high lace neck, but Negga sure can.
Viola Davis, 2017
Viola Davis' stunning Armani gown owned the red carpet even though it was a daring shade of scarlet. When she accepted her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in Fences, her dress totally deserved an accolade as well.
Emma Stone, 2017
The Best Actress winner paid homage to her many Oscars-winning film, La La Land. Dressed in Givenchy Haute Couture, the fringe details at the bottom of her impeccably-fitted dress make us want to get up and dance the night away.
Taraji P. Henson, 2017
Taraji P. Henson's Alberta Ferretti gown completely stole the show. The Brigitte Bardot neckline showed off her impeccable neckline, and let's all agree no one can wear velvet quite like this beauty.
Brie Larson, 2017
Though Brie wasn't nominated this year, her Oscar de la Renta dress deserved an award all its own. Seriously, those black ripples are the stuff of haute couture daydreams.