There’s always something to remember from The Oscar’s infamous red carpet, whether it’s a fashion faux pas or a set of sparkling diamonds. Here are some of the most memorable moments from red carpets gone by, with much less drama.
Audrey Hepburn’s Givenchy, 1954
Graceful Audrey Hepburn hit the red carpet in an adorable Givenchy dress in 1954, the year she won an Oscar for Roman Holiday. It was the first time she was seen in Givenchy, but certainly not the last. Always beautiful and elegant, women everywhere went green with envy when they saw her tiny little waist in that beautiful dress.
Nicole Kidman in Dior, 1999
Nicole Kidman attended the Academy Awards in 1999 to support her (then) hubby Tom Cruise’s nomination for Jerry Maguire. She wore a close-fitting chartreuse Dior gown. So what’s so memorable about that? Well, do your research and you’ll find that one simple gown made quite a fuss. An internet search will show that Kidman has been named best dressed of all time because of this gown. But keep searching and you’ll find that others have named her worst dressed of all time because of this gown. I guess it’s all about personal taste.
Trey Parker’s JLo Dress, 2000
South Park creator Trey Parker made a lasting memory by showing up in a mock version of Jennifer Lopez’s infamous Versace dress in 2000. He was accompanied by fellow South Parker Matt Stone, dressed in pink to honor Gwyneth Paltrow’s Ralph Lauren gown from the previous year. That vision will be burned into our memories forever. Thanks, guys!
Bjork’s Swan Dress, 2001
I mean, there’s no way anyone could forget this, right? Do I even need to write anything about it? Funky pop singer Bjork showed up to the 2001 Oscars wearing a plush swan as a dress. There wasn’t even a reason–it wasn’t a protest against swan abuse, it wasn’t a dig at a former boyfriend (at least I don’t think so). It was just…a swan dress.
Sacha Baron Cohen as The Dictator, 2012
The red carpet isn’t always about fashion. In 2012, actor Sacha Baron Cohen arrived in costume as The Dictator, claiming to have Kim Jong Il’s ashes in hand. Without warning he spilled them all over a bewildered Ryan Seacrest, leaving us to wonder, was that staged? You never can tell with Cohen.
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