Janet Gaynor in an off-the-rack skirt, top and scarf, teamed with brogues, accepts the first Oscar awarded for best actress in 1929, for three roles in 7th Heaven, Street Angel and Sunrise
Emma Stone looked ravishing in a long-sleeve, chartreuse custom Elie Saab gown. Her nomination was for Best Supporting Actress for her role in “Birdman,”
The Oscars has always been a big deal for the movie stars, and it goes way back to 1929.
Unlike most of the men nominated for Best Actors who would simply rock a tux, leading ladies nominated for Best Actresses are under the most demands to put up stylish and glamorous, and notably distinct appearances that would make news.
But yes, it is required that they make an appearance because should they win, their names will make history, tagged alongside with them proudly clasping the gold statue Oscar award; and it is a global wide-reaching affair.
Take a look at historic Oscar winners and how the dresses have evolved since 1929.
Helen Hayes, who acted in The Sin of Madelon Claudet, donned a black gown by an unknown designer and white gloves in 1933
When Vivien Leigh won in 1940 for Gone With The Wind, she wore a low cut floral print dress designed by Irene Gibbons
Ingrid Bergman, who won for Gaslight, was sensibly dressed in a Howard Greer knee-length black dress in 1945, teamed with low sandals
Audrey Hepburn demonstrated her impeccable taste in a white lace belted Edith Head/Givenchy gown in 1954 for her Oscar for Roman Holiday
Barbra Streisand went for a high necked black dress that was simultaneously sheer and risque and – with its Peter Pan collar – prim, by Arnold Scaasi in 1969 for Funny Girl
Meryl Streep showed an early preference for gold dresses with her loose fitting sheet Christian Leigh gown in 1983 for Sophie’s Choice
Cher’s transparent, beaded black Bob Mackie dress in 1988 to collect her Moonstruck best actress award was so bad it was good
In 1989 Jodie Foster bought a turquoise ruched strapless dress off the rack to collect her Oscar for ‘The Accused’
‘The Silence Of The Lambs’ star Jodie Foster teamed her Armani sparkling evening trousers with a jacket in 1992
Susan Sarandon matched her hair to full-skirted bronze Dolce & Gabbana in 1996 after playing Sister Helen Prejean, a nun who befriends Sean Penn’s death row killer in ‘Dead Man Walking’
In 1999 Gwyneth Paltrow’s Shakespeare In Love dress, a pink Ralph Lauren was criticised for looking too big for her and creased to boot.
In 2001 Erin Brockovich winner Julia Roberts opted for simple vintage Valentino with an up-do that hinted at a classic beehive
Halle Berry made history as the first black woman to win a best actress Oscar, for Monster’s Ball, in an Elie Saab gown in 2002. The transparent top half, which used strategic embroidery to protect her modesty, was teamed with a full claret taffeta skirt with an assymetric waistline.
Charlize Theron collected her Oscar for her role as Aileen Wuornos in Monster in gold Gucci in 2003
Nicole Kidman donned simple black Jean Paul Gaultier in 2002 when she accepted her prize for playing Virginia Woolf in The Hours
Hilary Swank wore a sober-looking Guy Laroche gown in 2005, which at the back revealed an expanse of back after Million Dollar Baby.
Reece Witherspoon looked precious in silver Christian Dior in 2006 when she collected her gong for Walk The Line
Marion Cotillard was sinuous in a clinging white and gold fish scale gown by her countryman Jean Paul Gaultier in 2008 for playing Edith Piaf in La Vie En Rose
In 2012 Meryl Streep wore cleverly draped gold lame Lanvin to collect her award for The Iron Lady
In 2013, Jennifer Lawrence stunned in a voluminous Christian Dior gown where she picked up her gong for playing Tiffany in Silver Linings Playbook
Emma Stone looked ravishing in a long-sleeve, chartreuse custom Elie Saab gown. Her nomination was for Best Supporting Actress for her role in “Birdman”
Share your thoughts about the evolution of Oscar dresses from 1929 till date? Is this a clear case of a ‘fashion goes round’ or a modernized oldies fashion sense?
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