Most of the fashion at the Academy Awards gets a mention in the press. However, after a week or two most of those moments are forgotten. Some red carpet fashion moments make such an impression they’re remembered years later. Here’s five of the most unforgettable.
5. Jack Lemmon’s Red Tie
Most men over the years conform to Oscar’s black tie uniform. Sometimes, men will be bold, but those images never sink into fashion memory. One actor stands out for somehow managing to be both bold and conventional all at the same time. Year after year, Jack Lemmon wore a red bow tie with his dinner jacket. It drove Joan Rivers crazy, but he carved out his own fashion niche.
4. Tatum O’Neal’s Black Tie Tomboy
If men don’t get noticed for wearing black tie, then Tatum O’Neal certainly did. As the youngest Oscar winner for a competitive award, she was expected to walk the red carpet in a frilly dress. Instead, she stunned in a tuxedo and gave a six second speech. Tatum was years ahead of her time, both on screen and on the red carpet.
3. Julia Roberts in Vintage
Julia Roberts’ bold confidence in Erin Brockovich was matched by her choice of a vintage gown for the Academy Awards. From Valentino’s 1982 collection, she could also have been awarded best match for Oscar himself. Seeing her win drew the obvious question whether Valentino had designed the dress from being inspired by the statue.
2. Gwyneth Paltrow’s pink gown
If there were a category of best imitation of old Hollywood glamour, the Gwyneth Paltrow would have won in 1999. Grace Kelly herself might have been envious of this classic look. Simple and elegant it’s as opposite of Tatum O’Neal’s look from the 1970’s that an actress could get. It earns its spot from evoking classic lines and fulfilling Oscar fashion expectations.
1. Marilyn Monroe’s 1951 gown
There was only one Marilyn Monroe, and her 1951 gown still wins over 60 years on. Iconic, dramatic and beautiful – every actress hopes to make this kind of impression. Marilyn’s look inspires fashion icons and critics even now. She wore many beautiful gowns both on the red carpet and off. However, this gown from early in her career takes first place.
Most Oscar fashions won’t make an impression come April. Some moments on the red carpet endure. Others become iconic images that last for decades.