The red carpet has played host to some of the most dramatic and breathtaking outfits. Who can forget Lady Gaga’s dress made from raw meat at the VMAs? From the weird to the beautiful, the red carpet has seen it all. In this article, we are going to narrow in on the Oscars in particular. After all, this is one event whereby celebrities always try to make the best-dressed list. But how many have succeeded in their quest? Read on to discover more about some of the most iconic Oscar looks of all time.
There is only one place to begin, and that is with the dress that launched Bjork into the international spotlight! That’s right — it’s the swan dress that she wore to the 2001 awards ceremony. The dress, which was designed by Marjan Pejoski, made for one of the most iconic red carpet moments of all time.
Halle Berry, 2002
The actress stayed true to her surname with a berry-coloured Elie Saab dress at the 2002 Oscars. On the night, she was the first black female to take home an Academy Award for Best Actress. She was definitely the best dressed on the evening, too. Her gown featured a sheer top with stunning embroidery, which worked perfectly with her signature pixie cut.
Jennifer Lopez, 2003
Jennifer Lopez has had many memorable red carpet moments, and this one in 2003 certainly features near the top spot. Wearing a stunning asymmetrical cape-dress in mint green with one sleeve, her skin looked radiant and she was the very picture of elegance.
Hilary Swank, 2005
When you picture Hilary Swank, you automatically think of her at that night at the Oscars in 2015 in the dark blue Guy Laroche gown, with the super low back. It was the perfect mixture of daring yet conservative, and it accentuated the Million Dollar Baby actress in all of the right places. Classic yet sexy, it was the perfect juxtaposition.
Nicole Kidman, 2007
This has to be one of the best red carpet looks Nicole Kidman has ever worn, and she has certainly aced it plenty of times. The side-swept hair and the red Balenciaga gown complete with a bow halter neck was sleek in every sense of the word.
Mila Kunis, 2011
It’s crazy to think that it was seven years ago that Mila Kunis wore a gorgeous lavender Elie Saab gown to the Oscars, yet it is still etched in our memories. The Black Swan actress wore a chiffon tiered gown, which featured grosgrain ribbon and lace detail, with a gorgeous smile and silver jewels.
Angelina Jolie, 2012
You are bound to remember this look from 2012. The fact that it was so classic and yet one of the most memorable Oscar looks of all time says everything. Angelina showed us that an all-black dress is anything but boring. Teamed with a classic red lip and black open-toe shows, the actress stayed true to one of the most traditional evening looks, yet she managed to outshine all of the sparkles and over-the-top ensembles. Amazing!
Lupita Nyong’o, 2014
We could credit 2014 as the year that Lupita Nyong’o really became one of our fashion icons as well as one of our new favourite actresses. She was gracing the cover of every magazine and was featured in so many different best-dressed lists, and she certainly got it right on the night that matters. At the Oscars, she wore a custom aquamarine Prada gown, which she teamed with a Fred Leighton headband. Fresh yet elegant, it was one of those evening dresses that looked simple and yet turned every head on the red carpet.
Jennifer Lawrence, 2013
Ok, so this dress became iconic for two reasons! The first is because it was the dress that caused Jennifer to take a tumble. The second is because it was more than worth it. Check out the stunning Dior haute couture gown if you haven’t seen it before!
Cate Blanchett, 2016
Last but not least is a simply beautiful look from recent times, one that is sure to be admired for years to come. In 2016, Cate Blanchett went for an Armani Prive visionary sea-foam feathered gown. The floor-length gown was embellished with soft teal and pink flowers, creating a feminine yet striking look.