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GALLERY: 30 standout Oscars gowns over the years


by Jennifer McShane
17th Apr 2021
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With the Oscars 2021 only two weeks away, it seems apt to start thinking fashion. Attendees have been told they all must attend in-person (be it at a specially designed ‘hub’ for those who cannot get to LA due to Covid rules and restrictions or the venue itself) and casual dressing is, naturally, not an option. There’s a lot riding on how this red carpet goes but for now, let us think back to the red carpets during simpler times…


If worn right, an Oscar dress can go down in fashion history — and there have been some gorgeous gowns over the years. Remember Hilary Swank’s amazing backless Calvin Klein dress in 2005? Or JLO’s mint-green Valentino in 2004? Penelope Cruz’s 2007 stunning blush Atelier Versace dress still tops almost every best-dressed list, as does Halle Berry’s exquisite Elie Saab gown, worn in 2002 when she took home the Oscar for her performance in Monster’s Ball. And remember when Emma Stone stunned (also in Elie Saab)? And, of course, the time Saoirse Ronan was dreamy in a blush-pink Gucci gown.

Ahead of the ceremony, we’ve chosen a number of fabulous Oscar dresses that have wowed us through the last few years — and you can view them in our gallery above.