LOS ANGELES – The Academy Awards ceremony’s red carpet is perhaps one of the most scrutinized in fashion terms, and as the big day approaches, we take a look back at some of the most iconic outfits in the history of the prestigious event.
To this day, 68 years after voluptuous and much-admired actress Marilyn Monroe sauntered onto the stage sporting a black tulle off-the-shoulder ball gown, many fashion experts still refer to this outfit as one of the most iconic moments in Oscars history.
Audrey Hepburn’s memorable Givenchy lace white dress with which she received the Best Actress award in 1954 put her firmly in the spotlight.
“His are the only clothes in which I am myself. He is far more than a couturier, he is a creator of personality,” the actress once said of her good friend and designer.
One year later, Grace Kelly wowed audiences in an ice-blue Edith Head gown to collect her Best Actress award.
Barbara Streisand, never shy about showing off a bit of flesh, shocked in a sheer quirky pantsuit with sequins in 1969 to collect her award for “Funny Girl,” although the actress later admitted she had no idea how transparent the outfit actually was.
A more recent memorable look was the simple and feminine Ralph Lauren candy-pink dress Gwyneth Paltrow sported to collect her Oscar, defying late fashion guru Kar Lagerfeld’s advice to think pink but never dress it.
Julia Roberts stunned in a black vintage Valentino number with white piping in 2001 to collect an award for her lead role in “Erin Brockovich.”
The dramatic open-back petrol-blue Guy Laroche gown Hilary Swank wore in 2005 for her “Million Dollar Baby” Best Actress award heralded a myriad copycat backless styles.
Nicole Kidman has made many unforgettable appearances throughout the years: in 1997, in a satin pistachio Dior dress with side-splits and again in 2007, with a deep-red Balenciaga dress featuring a large red bow draped at the neck.
In 2012, Angelina Jolie stole the show in an Atelier Versace black velvet daring number with a dramatic split at the thigh leading to what many consider was an iconic Oscars moment.
Lupita Nyong’o wore a Calvin Klein creation in 2015 worth over 130,000 euros ($147,323) embellished with pearls and which was later stolen from her hotel room.
In 2016, Charlize Theron was named best dress with a minimalist red design featuring a plunging neckline by Dior.
On Sunday, Feb. 24, Hollywood starlets are set to strut down the red carpet again for the 91st edition of the awards ceremony.
Who will steal the show?