Who will outshine these iconic Oscar looks?

Nadja Beschetnikova
March 2, 2018

The Oscar ceremony is the most awaited moment for Hollywood actresses. But the red carpet on the main staircase leading to the Dolby Theater is not only the way to the treasured statuette but also one of the most impressive catwalks.

We do not question that the films are still the central theme of the Oscars but fashion is no less important. Going home without the award, in the end, is not as scary as winning the nomination “Worst dressed”.

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The red carpet has seen many unforgettable looks with a jaw-dropping price tag. The 90th Annual Academy Awards will be no exception.

But who will be the brightest star? Who will turn heads? Let's remember the very first incredible outfits that gave rise to the red carpet fashion. Look through the most memorable moments of the old Hollywood, and try to guess who is good enough to overshine the immortal classic.

Vivien Leigh’s floral dress can look simple in comparison with modern gowns decorated with precious stones and crystals, but in 1940 it was a princess-inspired moment. She was the belle of the ball. Vivien Leigh earned her first Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind.  She was the first British actress to win an Academy Award for Best Actress. The long chiffon dress described simply as “Red Poppy Evening Gown” was designed by Irene Gibbons. In the 30-40s Gibbons was considered the Coco Chanel of American fashion. 

Despite its romantic style, the dress was almost scandalous for that time. 

“Irene’s soft crêpes and chiffons were meant to be worn without a brassiere—a discreet construction underneath them lifted the breasts delicately,” wrote Hollywood costume expert David Chierichetti.

Vivien brought in the history of Oscar one of the most elegant and confident outfits, which is still included in the top-best. Though the secret of her confident look could be the fact that she did not have to worry in anticipation while they opened the envelope. By mistake, the names of the winners were released to the newspapers the day before ceremony instead of the day after.

Grace Kelly’s win for Best Actress for The Country Girl in 1955 is probably among the most discussed Oscar wins ever. Kelly stole the spotlight from the Judy Garland and Audrey Hepburn. A Star is Born, a triumphant comeback of Garland, called by the critics «the greatest one-woman show in modern movie history», has ironically lost to the birth of another iconic film star.

As it often happened in those days, the gown wasn't created by a fashion designer, but a costume designer.

The legendary Edith Head created most iconic on-screen looks in American film from the 1930s through 1960s.

High-end chic of The Great Gatsby (1949), effortless elegance of Roman Holidays (1953), gorgeous historic robes in Samson and Delilah (1949) and The Ten Commandments (1956)  are just a few creations by Head to mention.

Let's leave aside the controversy of film critics and moviegoers about the fairness of Kelly's victory, but her stunning icy mint gown rightfully deserved its place among the most memorable looks in Oscars history.

The 41st Academy Awards in 1969 made a shocking impression at least twice. The tie for Best Actress became legendary. It was the first, and so far, the only case when the acting award has to be shared. Both Katharine Hepburn in The Lion in Winter and Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl were equally stunning in their roles.

But Streisand’s costume quickly made everyone forget about this unique incident. The rising star wore a sheer pantsuit with bell-bottoms and a white butterfly collar. The creation designed by Arnold Scaasi was a bombshell. Everyone could literally get a better look at the winner, including her barely covered behind.

Well, Barbara Streisand was just ahead of her time what designer collections only have proved in the recent years. Sheer is on top once again.

Zuhair Murad was an accentor in the praising choir, supported then by Chanel, Balmain, Stella McCartney and many others. Even Meghan Markle chose a sheer top dress for her official engagement photo shoot with Prince Harry in December 2017.

In 1969 Streisand started her speech off by looking at the Oscar statuette and saying, “Hello, gorgeous”. Even if the suit rose controversy, now, years later, we have to admit: if the statuette could speak, it would have told her the same thing.

Last year’s winner, Emma Stone, sparkled in Givenchy Haute Couture. The stunning gold, Swarovski crystal-embroidered gown was designed by Riccardo Tisci. Stone was the first lead actress to win an Oscar in Givenchy since Audrey Hepburn, who wore the luxury label in 1954 when she took home the gold for her role in Roman Holiday.

Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan, who are among the best actress nominees, have already delivered amazing fashion moments on the latest red carpets, while we can always rely on Meryl Streep’s elegance. Frances MacDormand, who has already won Oscar in 1997, wearing a deep blue dress by Richard Tyler, and Sally Hawkins, who walked in the heavy embroidered Valentino gown when she received her first Academy Award nomination in 2014 for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmin, will be definitely an eye-catcher as well.

Sally Hawkins

So, which designer will be on point at the 2018 Oscars?