The Coolest Oscars Red Carpet Dresses of All Time

From Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy to Lady Gaga in Alaia, we look back at the biggest fashion moments on the Oscars red carpet


Audrey Hepburn’s first outing in a Givenchy design was at the 1954 Oscars, where she wore a floral belted dress to pick up her Best Actress award - marking the start of the pair’s longstanding partnership. Picture / Getty

Anjelica Huston attended the 1975 Academy Awards, with then-partner Jack Nicholson, wearing a fish scale sequin dress by Halston. She bought the dress herself, and also did her own hair and makeup. Picture / Getty

At the 1976 awards, Diane Keaton looked effortlessly cool in a white suit, stripe shirt and oversized polka dot tie - and a white carnation on her lapel. Picture / Getty

Farrah Fawcett summed up the 70s with a shimmering gold disco gown by Stephen Burrows at the 1978 Oscars - and signature blown out hair. Picture / Getty

Supermodel Cindy Crawford ensured all eyes were on her at the 1991 Academy Awards, in a red hot gown by Gianni Versace. Picture / Getty

Widely credited as one of the most iconic Oscars looks is Nicole Kidman’s 1997 dress by John Galliano for Dior. The chartreuse gown from the designer’s debut couture collection for the French fashion house helped cement him as a fashion force. Picture / Getty

Sexy and glamorous, Courtney Love chose to forgo her usual grunge style for a sleek white gown by Versace in 1997. Picture / Getty

Sharon Stone helped spark the trend for combining high and low fashion in 1998, when she teamed a Vera Wang ball gown skirt with a white shirt from Gap. Picture / Getty

It’s the dress people love or hate, but everyone still remembers Gwyneth Paltrow’s pink taffeta Ralph Lauren dress from 1999. Picture / Getty

Symbolic of the early noughties boho-chic trend, Cameron Diaz looked hapy and relaxed - and more importantly like herself - in this floral Emanuel Ungaro dress in 2002. Picture / Getty

Taking out the Best Actress award in 2002, Halle Berry chose a luxurious draped gown by Elie Saab. Picture / Getty

This yellow Vera Wang gown was considered a brave choice by Michelle Williams in 2006, but put the actress straight onto best dressed lists. Picture / Getty

In 1999 Cate Blanchett set the tone for her envelope pushing red carpet style to come, with this custom dress by Galliano featuring flower and bird embroidery on the sheer back. Picture / Getty

Before her Dior contract meant she was obliged to wear gowns by the French fashion house on the red carpet, Jennifer Lawrence made a splash in this minimal dress by Calvin Klein in 2011. Picture / Getty

This look was controversial, but Lady Gaga’s dramatic Alaia gown in 2015 has a unique fashion angle: it was the first time a custom look by the designer had been worn to the Oscars. Picture / Getty

Another Cate Blanchett looks, this time from the 2016 awards in a seafoam coloured gown by Armani Prive. The actress often looks to the fashion house for her red carpet looks. Picture / Getty. GALLERY: Best dressed at the 2016 Oscars

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