The 10 Best Oscar Dresses Of All Time

By Sarah Casselman

Date February 24, 2017

Hollywood is rolling out its grandest red carpet for the 89th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday, February 26th. The pre-parties are in full swing and the nominees are getting primped to the max. With just a few days to go until the biggest names in show biz (Ryan Gosling! Emma Stone!) arrive at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles dressed to the nines, we’re wondering who is going to be on this year’s best dressed list? Will breakout star Ruth Negga (Loving) top her stunning Golden Globes look? Her silver metallic Louis Vuitton gown was an instant red carpet winner.

But throughout Oscar history, there have also been a handful of memorable-for-all-the-wrong-reasons moments. From wacky to WTF, these gowns are famous for falling flat on the red carpet. Highlights include Björk’s swan dress and Whoopi Goldberg’s hybrid neon nightmare. Here’s hoping the gowns this Sunday will be filed under #stylegoals rather than #fail.

We’ve rounded up the 10 best Oscar dresses of all time—think of it as your red carpet primer before the big night. Michelle Williams, Nicole Kidman, Lupita Nyong’o—this group of leading ladies all win gold statues for their epic Oscars red carpet style. Check out the gallery below and prepare to swoon.

Charlize Theron wears a plunging red Dior gown at the 88th Annual Academy Awards in 2016.

Cate Blanchett in an icy blue embellished Armani Privé gown at the 88th Annual Academy Awards in 2016.

Jennifer Lopez in a blush Elie Saab couture gown at the 87th Annual Academy Awards in 2015.

Lupita Nyong’o in a pastel blue Prada gown at the 86th Annual Academy Awards in 2014.

Jennifer Lawrence wears a blush pink Dior couture gown to the 85th Annual Academy Awards in 2013.

Gwyneth Paltrow in a white Tom Ford caped gown at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in 2012.

Nicole Kidman in a scarlet Balenciaga gown at the 79th Annual Academy Awards in 2007.

Michelle Williams in a saffron Vera Wang gown at the 78th Annual Academy Awards in 2006.

Halle Berry in a sheer Elie Saab gown at the 74th Annual Academy Awards in 2002.

Julia Roberts in a graphic vintage Valentino gown at the 73rd Annual Academy Awards in 2001.


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