Oscar Award’s Fashion: Past & Present

Last year at the Oscars, Leonardo DiCaprio finally won an Oscar, and not for lack of trying. This year? Well, not a lot happened. Apart from the small incident which saw Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway accidentally award the cast and team of ‘Lala Land’ an oscar for ‘Best Picture.’

Upon being given the wrong envelope, Beatty was seen eyeing the envelope for a long period of time, which many took to be ill-timed comedic timing.

However, he then presented the envelope to Faye with a confused look on his face, and she confidently read ‘Lala Land’ as the winners. Little did we know, the envelope was the wrong one entirely, and was actually from the Best Actress category, hence Warren’s confusion upon seeing Emma Stone’s individual name on the card.

This moment was the absolute first of its kind, and will undoubtedly go down in Academy Award history, and unfortunately many of the looks we saw throughout the night won’t.

While the Oscars is first and foremost a celebration of great acting and talent, we can’t help but feel a little let down by this years red carpet attire. This piece will chronicle some of the best looks of the 2017 Oscars, as well as a little walk down memory lane to remind us of some of the best Oscar’s gowns of all time.

John Legend & Chrissy Teigen


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John Legend sang and acted in ‘Lala Land,’ one of the award seasons biggest winners. Naturally, John was at this year’s Academy Awards with his gorgeous supermodel wife, Chrissy Teigen who comically pretended to sleep during controversial actor Casey Affleck’s acceptance speech.

Teigen stunned in a floor length Zuhair Murad white and gold gown, perfectly complimented by her golden brown hair and dark mirrored clutch.


Hailee Steinfeld in Ralph and Russo

A night to remember. 🎭🎬✨ #Oscars

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Hailee Steinfeld stunned in this dramatic Ralph & Russo gown.

The light, whimsical fabric was covered in pastel floral embroidery and brought to life by the ruffles surrounding her neck and back which emulated the floral design. Hailee wore her long dark hair in an elegant up-do. Her dark smokey eye was a perfect contrast against the romantic gown.


Emma Roberts in vintage Armani

Emma Roberts kept it glam in this cream and black vintage Armani number. The description above details how the dress was ethically sourced and remastered.

Paired with Emma’s recently auburn hair and slick red lippy, the overall look was a knockout.


Janelle Monáe in Elie Saab

Janelle Monáe wore an amazing Elie Saab creation on the Oscar’s red carpet.

The voluminous gown may have been monochromatic, but it was anything but simple. The Moonlight actress’ gown was sheer at the top, form fitting and surrounded by a huge tulle skirt with applique details. With such a bold dress like this, Janelle kept her hair and make up simple. Accessorising with a subtle gold headband and earrings.


Busy Phillips and Michelle Williams in Elizabeth Kennedy and Louis Vuitton


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BFF Busy Phillips and Michelle Williams positively glowed on the red carpet together, thanks to their beautiful gowns and tight bond.

Busy looked stunning in her Elizabeth Kennedy forest green, velvet gown and matching Lorraine Schwarz earrings.

Michelle flew the monochromatic flag in her Louis Vuitton half velvet, half beaded embellishment number. Both stars wore ACLU ribbons in support of the American Civil Liberties Union.


Taraji P. Henson in Alberta Ferretti

#Aboutlastnight @albertaferretti thank you I felt soooooooo elegant!!! #oscars2017 💋💋💋

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Taraji oozed Hollywood glamour in her form fitting velvet Alberta Ferretti gown. A low neckline and a thigh high slit showed off her stunning figure.

Taraji’s look was the perfect combination of sexy and elegant. She accessorised with a draping of diamonds around her neck and a striking cocktail ring.


Winners Through the Ages

Brie Larson 2016 – Best Actress, Room

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Brie Larson won the best actress Academy Award for her role in Room in 2016. She collected the gown in a cobalt blue Gucci gown, which was worthy of a few awards itself.


Jennifer Lawrence 2013 – Best Actress, Silver Linings Playbook

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This night proved to be iconic for Jennifer Lawrence not only because she won her first Oscar for her role in Silver Linings Playbook, but because of the beautiful Dior gown she wore, and subsequently tripped on when walking to collect her award.

Jennifer handled the fall with grace and most importantly humour, ensuring the moment was to be remembered for all the right reasons.


Gwyneth Paltrow 1999 – Best Actress, Shakespeare in Love

The 71st Annual Academy awards saw Gwyneth Paltrow win the Best Actress award for her role in Shakespeare in Love.

She collected her prize in a bubble gum pink Ralph Lauren taffeta gown which has since become nothing short of iconic. The spaghetti straps scream 90s, while the tight bodice and ballgown skirt adds the glamour needed for an event such as this.


Halle Berry 2002 – Best Actress, Monster’s Ball

Halle Berry made history as the first black woman to win an Oscar when she won for her role in Monster’s Ball in 2002. She collected the prestigious award in Elie Saab Couture which sported a sheer floral top and large taffeta skirt.


Read more about Award Season with the BRIT ’17 Awards: Best Red Carpet Looks

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