A Look Back at The Most Memorable Oscar Outfits of All Time

Throughout the years, iconic ensembles have left a lasting impact on style, and here Mateusz Niesmialek rounds up some of the most memorable looks that have graced Oscar’s old red carpet.

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The Oscars, also known as the Academy Awards, captivate the entertainment industry each year as one of the most prestigious events. Celebrities don their designer outfits and take to the red, or now-champagne carpet, resulting in a night of glamour and fashion.

Barbra Streisand’s sheer jumpsuit, designed by Arnold Scaasi, captured the attention of many in 1969. The black pantsuit had bell-bottomed legs and a sequined top with see-through material, making it a bold and daring choice at the time. Streisand’s outfit perfectly represented the changing times in the 1960s and made her a fashion icon.

Cher’s sheer Bob Mackie dress adorned with beads and feathers in 1974 was a standout moment. The dress had a unique design, a deep neckline and a daring slit that showed its subdued legs. The extravagant outfit made Cher look like a goddess and cemented her status as a fashion icon.

Céline Dion’s backward tuxedo designed by Christian Dior in 1999 turned heads. The white suit, accompanied by a fedora hat and sunglasses, had the jacket worn backwards to show off the bareback. She rocked this unique and daring outfit, and only a few could pull it off.

Björk’s swan dress, designed by Marjan Pejoski, created a stir at the 2001 Oscars. The dress resembled a swan, with the singer’s head sticking out of the neck. The outfit was unusual, to say the least, and sparked many debates. However, it was a bold fashion statement which will never forget Björk.

Halle Berry’s burgundy Elie Saab gown stood out at the 2002 Oscars. The dress had a sheer top, intricate embroidery, and a flowy train that added a touch of glamour. It was a timeless and classic outfit that made Halle Berry look elegant and sophisticated.

Angelina Jolie’s black Atelier Versace gown at the 2012 Oscars caught everyone’s attention. The dress had a thigh-high slit, which Angelina flaunted by striking a pose on the red carpet. The outfit quickly became a meme and named the pose the “Jolie leg.”. It was a daring outfit that Angelina pulled off with confidence.

Zendaya’s ivory Vivienne Westwood gown at the 2015 Oscars was a modern take on Old Hollywood glamour. The satin dress contained a detail with bare shoulders that fell into the sash on the back, creating an elegant line. Zendaya broke conventions by wearing a dreadlock-inspired hairstyle. She looked stunning and made a statement with her unique and daring outfit.

Over the years, iconic looks have become synonymous with the annual event. These memorable outfits are a testament to the creativity, innovation, and daring fashion choices of the celebrities who wear them.

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