My Top 10 Oscar Dresses Of All Time

Michelle Williams at the Oscars wearing Vera Wang, with the late, great actor Heath Ledger

I think we all love the Academy Awards, in fact I love award ceremonies!

I am always desperate to see who will make best dressed or has the biggest shocker!

This week I am sharing my ‘Top Ten’ favourite Oscar Dresses.

It was incredibly hard to cull my list, but I hope you will agree with most, or in fact all of my musings.

These days with most celebrities employing stylists, not many of them put a Manolo shod foot wrong.

Here we go…. counting down from 10,

10: Cameron Diaz wearing THE most striking colour combination. She was 4 years ahead of the colour blocking trend we started to see in 2011!

Styled with vivid turquoise jewels, she made a dramatic entrance in her fabulous fuchsia ruffled Dior gown .

9: Kate Hudson in delicate Versace lace. Perfect hair and fresh make up completed this age appropriate look.

In 2003 Kate had grown up and we all took notice.

8: Nicole Kidman in 1997 wearing Dior designed by John Galliano.

Married to Tom Cruise at the time, she shone in stunning chartreuse.

This had all the feel of Shanghai in the 30’s, stunning embroidery and perfect earrings, Nicole had finally hit her fashion stride.

She outshone Tom and the media knew it. Bravo to our Nic!

7: Julia Roberts picking up the best actress award in 2001 for “Erin Brockovich” was a dream in vintage Valentino.

This dress is all about the back detail.

The hair was perfect, accessories by Oscar. It was Julia’s night all round.

6: Lauren Hutton proving once again why she was a the top of the modeling game in 1975.

Stunning in a Grecian inspired Christian Dior gown, it was simplicity at it’s best.

5: Elizabeth Taylor, as always showing of her two best assets, husband of the moment and fabulous diamonds!

Edith Head designed this beautiful dress, the colour matching  Ms Taylors eyes perfectly. And how apt, as all eyes were on her in 1970.

4: Cate Blanchett dazzled in Armani Prive at the 2007 night of nights. This metallic sheath was all cool restraint, much like Cate herself. Divine!

3: Audrey Hepburn.

She entranced audiences in “Roman Holiday”, winning  best actress oscar in 1954.

To pick up the award she chose to wear her good friend Givenchy’s design.

The two were a match made in heaven. The ballerina length skirt and nipped in waist , showed Audrey’s figure off to full advantage.

We can see it’s influence today in Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton s/s 2010 fall collection. Very “Mad Men”.

2: Grace Kelly in 1955 wearing stunning ice blue satin.

Another perfect gown by the doyenne of costume design, Edith Head.

Ms Head knew her subjects well, and as with Elizabeth Taylor, nailed the colour for Miss Kelly.

Seeing this creation serves to remind us of the cool beauty of Princess Grace.

If you can, make a trip to Bendigo Art Gallery. They are hosting a wonderful exhibition full of HRH wardrobe.

Too fabulous for words.

1: Michelle Williams wearing Vera Wang at the 2006 Academy Awards.

Was it her bold choice of sunshine yellow and the fabulous red lip that had us all entranced, or the obvious joy that she and Heath Ledger were sharing at the time?

I remember this scene from the red carpet so vividly, it was a beautiful moment in time, for both fashion and love.

I was so struck by her look. The next morning I was on a mission for the perfect red lipstick.

Luckily I found it,”Russian Red” by MAC. I still love wearing  it today.

Beauty and fashion are both in the eye of the beholder, we all have different taste which is what makes us unique.

I would so love to hear your thoughts.

Do you have a favourite ‘Oscar’ look of all time?

Until next week,







Jo Bayley, Fashion Editor, The Culture Concept Circle 2012

1 Comment

  • Leah Thompson says:

    Grace Kelly cannot be surpassed absolutely exquistite. Gallianos chartreuse embroidered frock is devine. Not the Cate Blanchett number I would have chosen though. I much preferred her in the burgundy frock with the mesh back piece embroidered with hummingbirds and flowers.

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