Some of this year's nominees, such as Ruth Negga and Isabelle Huppert, will be attending the ceremony for the first time. But for the most part, those up for awards or set to present at the Oscars have worked the step-and-repeat many times before: Meryl Streep has been going since 1979, while Dakota Johnson first set foot on the red carpet when she was just 10. Their careers and approach to personal style may have evolved over the years, but their first gowns stand the test of time. Whatever shakes out at this year's awards for those nominated, their fashion choices make them forever winners in our eyes.
Before the carpet gets rolled out at the Dolby Theater on Sunday, we dug through the fashion archives to highlight the first Oscar gowns of the celebrities that will light up your screens on Sunday evening. Even if you fast-forward to more recent Hollywood events like the SAG Awards and the Golden Globes, you'll know to brace for the unexpected when it comes to the fashion. For now, though, simply bask in a good style throwback — because most of these truly do stand the test of time.