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22 February 2015

What Oscar Wore

1955 Grace Kelly won for The Country Girl and wore Edith Head  via

I am not a huge award show fan.  I like to make my own decisions about whether something is the "Best" or not.  Afterall how many years did Oscar in particular just not get it right, or miss applauding films and talent that truly deserved to be put in the spotlight. The show itself can be sooo long and dry, particularly if the Host doesn't know how to keep the audience engaged...miss Johnny and Billy!  That being said...Oscar night is a tradition and I certainly wouldn't miss the opening and I admit to filling out my version of a ballot. It is ,however, for The Red Carpet Parade that we really tune in-admit it you love to see the "you've got to be kidding" looks as much as the glam.  When it goes bad..it goes bad,but at least once a Red Carpet someone does it spot on.  So, to celebrate Oscar night let's get ready...
Natalie Wood prepping for Oscar, 1962 via

Throughout Oscar history the focus is always on The Winners so I wanted to go back and see what the Winners wore--did the look deserve Oscar??  You may not remember the films but the dresses defined the moment.  I voted for some of my favorites below-the films may not have always been worthy but I think these looks certainly were...gorgeous and glamorous, memorable and magnificent and all star statements.  Happy Oscar Night!

Mary Pickford for Coquette 1930 via

Norma Shearer in 1931 for The Divorcee wore Gilbert Adrian via

Vivien Leigh won for Gone With the Wind in 1940 and wore Irene Gibbons via

During the war Oscar guests were asked to wear understated 
sombre tones made in the US.
1942 Joan Fontaine for Suspicion in I Magnin via

Audrey Hepburn won for Roman Holiday 1954 in Givenchy, this was the first time she wore Givenchy in public in a dress designed by Edith Head for the film and adapted by Givenchy for Oscar Night.  via

Elizabeth Taylor for Butterfield 8 1961 in Dior via

Barbra Streisand 1969 for Funny Girl in Arnold Scaasi 
which made him a household name  via

Cher for Moonstruck 1988 was memorable in a so Cher Bob Mackie via

Marissa Tomei in 1993 for My Cousin Vinny in Chanel via

Susan Sarandon in 1996 for  Dead Man Walking wore Dolce and Gabbana via

Helen Hunt in 1998won for As Good as it Gets and wore Tom Ford via

 Gwyneth Paltrow 1999 won for Shakespeare in Love wearing  Ralph Lauren via

Hillary Swank for Boys Don't Cry in 2000 wearing Randolph Duke via

Julia Roberts in 2001 won for Erin Brockovich wearing a 1992 Valentino gown via

Halle Berry won for Monster's Ball in 2002 and wore an iconic Elie Saab via

Renee Zellweger in 2004 for Cold Mountain in classic custom Carolina Herrera via

Cate Blanchett won in 2005 for The Aviator and wore a  custom made Valentino via

Reese Witherspoon in 2006 for Walk the Line wore vintage Dior she found in Paris via

Helen Mirren for The Queen in 2007 wearing Chrstian Lacroix via

Penelope Cruze won for Vicky Christina Barcelona in 2009 wearing  vintage Balmain via

Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook in 2103 wearing Dior via

Anne Hathaway in 2013 for Les Miserables wore Prada not the Valentino as the fashion house had announced she would  via

Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine in 2014 wore Armani Prive via

Lupita Nyong'o for 12 Years a Slave in 2014 was sublime in Prada via

1954, Audrey Hepburn waits for the Oscar envelope to be opened