Every year, viewers tune in to watch, perhaps for many, the most exciting part of the long ceremony: the red-carpet procession. Sometimes, just sometimes, fashion history is made. Sometimes, a look becomes iconic. Here are some of my favorite moments from the past 85 years of Oscar History.
Grace Kelly in 1955: Setting the gold standard for Oscar fashion
Grace Kelly showed up at the Oscars wearing perhaps the most stunning red-carpet dress of all time, setting a new standard for future ceremonies’ red-carpet gowns. Her ice-blue dress was designed by costuming legend, Edith Head, and its long lines and train exemplified Old-Hollywood glamour, and suited Kelly’s blond hair and timeless elegance.
Sharon Stone in 1999: Successfully pushing the boundaries of fashion
In 1999, Sharon Stone proved that you did not have to follow the demands of Haute Couture to make an impression. Pairing a satin lilac Vera Wang mermaid skirt with her husband’s white button-down from the GAP, Stone redefined the conventions of modern style, proving that you can pair designer clothes with off-the-rack fashion.
Bjork in 2001: Showing us her “Swan song”
Creating perhaps one of the most memorable, although not necessarily the most stunning, Oscar looks in recent history, Iclandic singer Bjork showed in 2001 wearing the now-infamous “Swan” dress, designed by Marjan Pejoski, where the swan’s neck wrapped around Bjork’s shoulders. Whether this was one of the most beautiful or the most horrendous Oscar looks is yet to be determined, but it certainly is one of them ost iconic. Ellen DeGeneres went on to wear a spoof of this dress at that year’s Emmys. Apparently, Bjork also brought six ostrich eggs with her and kept trying to leave them on the red carpet. Her efforts were thwarted by her fellow celebrity’s bodyguards, however, who kept trying to give the eggs back to her.
Angeline Jolie in 2012: Putting her best foot – or leg – forward
Turning basic black into anything but standard, Angelina showed up to the 2012 Oscars wearing a stunning Atelier Versace strapless black ballgown that slit up the side, displaying her incredibly toned right leg to the world. Though the slit was risqué, the classic lines and architecture of this beautiful black dress were anything but tacky. The design of the dress perfectly captured everything about the actress: bold, sexy and incredibly strong.
Amy Adams in 2013: A true collaboration between actress and designer
Amy Adams’ silver ball gown at the 85th Annual Oscars proved that, sometimes, the best Oscar fashion moments are a result of collaboration. She initiated the collaboration with Oscar de La Renta, bringing him a vintage photo that spoke to her. He had an “Aha!” moment upon seeing the photo and set about creating this stunning cascading silver-grey masterpiece designed especially for her, perfect for her Old-Hollywood beauty. In a way, this dress harkens back to the glamour of Grace Kelly’s ’55 gown, proving that fashion will always be a circular entity, and that some ideas are truly timeless.
Lindsey DiMattina. 15 Most Iconic Red Carpet Dresses of All Time. Hollywood.com
Erin Weinger. 50 Best Oscar Dresses. Hollywoodreporter.com