Every year, the Academy Awards are a new opportunity to swoon over the range of stunning red carpet dresses. But, despite the fact that this year there will be plenty of noteworthy looks, there are some iconic gowns that will always hold the title of the greatest of all time.
Now that the big night is right around the corner, we’re taking a look towards the past. Dating all the way back to 1939, we’re highlighting the 10 best looks from Oscars past, to help you get excited for the major moments to come. Elegant, fashion-forward, and truly unique, these are the red carpet moments you’ll never forget. We’ve assigned each of these Oscars looks a fashion superlative because each has a little something special that sets it apart. Ready for a look at the chic retrospective?
Scroll through memory lane with us to catch some of our favorite throwback moments, and get in the mood for this year’s red carpet.
She’s one of the original greats and paved the way for the rest of these leading ladies—in a feather-trimmed dress, no less!
It was too close a call between Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly—we’ve never seen necklines so sweet!
You can see why we couldn’t decide between most charming. Grace Kelly looks so beautiful here. Can we talk about that mint green dress?
BRB—fantasizing about this elegant cotton-candy dream of a gown. Lauren Hutton is a vision no matter what she’s wearing, but her elegance in this getup was truly covetable.
Talk about a sartorial triumph. Jacqueline Bisset stole the show in her choker and one-shoulder cape.
We’d recognize Diane Keaton anywhere in that distinct white pantsuit and polka-dot tie.
Céline Dion fearlessly walked the 1999 red carpet in a fedora and sunglasses, but she didn’t stop there! Her Christian Dior by John Galliano tuxedo was styled backward.
Not only did she become the first black woman to win an Oscar for Best Actress, but she also looked nothing short of showstopping while celebrating her role in Monster’s Ball.
We’re looking at you, Penélope Cruz! More accurately, we’re blushing over this sleeveless sartorial triumph.
Cinderella’s blue dress got a serious upgrade. Lupita Nyong’o always seems to achieve the perfect balance of classic elegance and experimental style. Just look at the movement in those pleats!
Which is your favorite look? Let us know in the comments below, and if you’re feeling inspired, shop some formal dresses for yourself.
This post was updated by Aemilia Madden