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The 29 best Oscars dresses of all time

You might have a hard time remembering which movies were the winners at the 2006 Academy Awards, but you probably remember Michelle Williams and her mustard-colored dress designed by Vera Wang. Without a doubt, the red carpet of the Oscars is one of the most watched events of the year, and an opportunity for stars to be recorded in fashion history.


February 20, 2024

The demure white Givenchy dress Audrey Hepburn collected her Best Actress trophy in 1954 lives long in the memory, and Lupita Nyong’o’s Oscar-winning moment in 2014 was made all the more special by her powder-blue Prada gown.

Last year, all eyes were on modern red-carpet queen Zendaya, who pulled off a subtle homage to another look listed here: Sharon Stone’s Vera Wang skirt and Gap shirt combo from the 1998 ceremony. The Dune star updated the approach to spectacular effect in her cropped shirt and shimmering column skirt, with a little help from Pierpaolo Piccioli at Valentino.

Ahead of the 2024 Academy Awards, revisit some fashion highlights from ceremonies past, below.