Top Ten Dazzling Oscar’s Dresses Ever
Ataullah Al Farhan
Bangladesh Textile Today
Dress is covering, or clothing and accessories, for the human body. Any approach of dressing or gilding that is popular during a particular time or in a particular place (i.e., the current style). It can change from one period to the next, from generation to generation. In the West up through the modern era, dress has often functioned as a reflection of social and economic standing, a function that highlights the popularity of many styles throughout costume history. Other basic functions of dress include identifying the wearer by providing information about sex, age, occupation, or other characteristic and making the wearer appear more eye-catching.
In the 19th and 20th centuries, fashion increasingly became a lucrative, international industry as a result of the rise of world-renowned fashion houses and fashion magazines. The Academy Awards better known by its nick name the Oscars is the place where the world’s most celebrity people come here with eye-catching dresses designed by the prominent designers around the globe. As the 2015 Oscars has just finished on 22nd February in this year take a look at our pick of the best Oscars dresses to ever grace the Academy Awards’ famous red carpet.
Here are top ten pretty dresses which worn by world renowned actor and actresses in the Oscars red carpet in different times.
1. Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise, 1997:
Nicole Kidman turned heads on the red carpet in 1997. No, it wasn’t because she was stood next to diminutive Tom Cruise, it was due to her utterly gorgeous gown by John Galliano for Christian Dior. The Asian-inspired shift dress was part of Galliano’s debut couture collection for the label.
2. Julia Roberts in Valentino, 2001:
Julia Roberts made waves when she stepped on stage to receive her Oscar in 2001, and not simply because her dress was so beautiful. The actress eschewed the standard award ceremony practice for custom-made, never-seen-before gowns, in favour of this vintage Valentino masterpiece from 1982. By breaking Hollywood conventions, the actress instantly made vintage wear more covetable, desirable and ultimately fashionable. Valentino later described this moment as one of the highlights of his career.
3. Halle Berry in 2002:
Halle wore a completely unique dress by Elie Saab for the 2002 Oscars. With a satin train and some strategically placed embroidery, she wowed the red carpet onlookers. Later in the evening she was awarded the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in Monsters Ball. An emotional Berry, who was the first African-American actress to win the award, gave a rambling, tear-filled speech covering racism in the industry, her mother and Oprah Winfrey.
4. Angelina Jolie in 2004:
The ethereally beautiful Angelina Jolie wore a plunging white satin gown with matching wrap from Marc Bouwer at the 76th Academy Awards. She matched it with stunning jewellery. We’re just pleased that she moved on from her gothic Morticia Adams look back in 2000.
5. Hilary Swank in Guy Laroche, 2005:
Hilary Swank’s backless, long-sleeved navy blue Laroche dress in 2005 was one of the most unexpectedly sexy choices in Oscar fashion history. The simplicity of Hilary Swank’s midnight-blue Guy Laroche gown was what set it apart at the 2005 Oscars, where she won an award for her role in ‘Million Dollar Baby’. Long-sleeved and high-necked but with a dramatic cut-out back, the ready-to-wear gown was formed of 27 yards of silk jersey. Swank caused a little controversy when she publicly stated she would be wearing another designer weeks before the event, however she reportedly saw the Laroche gown while shopping in Paris and decided she would wear that instead.
6. Michelle Williams in Vera Wang, 2006:
It’s so hard to look good in yellow, but even more challenging if the yellow is fluted and frilled. Factor in having to stand on a red carpet and it’s a recipe for disaster. And yet Williams, with her gamine crop and arresting lipstick, looks flawless. Michelle Williams bravely donned a canary-yellow Vera Wang to attend the 2006 Academy Awards. Perfectly complementing her porcelain-white skin, Williams teamed the gown with bright red lips and a tousled chignon for a breathtaking result.
7. Keira Knightley in Vera Wang, 2006:
Keira Knightley’s custom-made plum taffeta Vera Wang gown stole the show at the 2006 Oscars. The classic full fishtail design and twisted one-shoulder strap was accessorised with a beautiful Bulgari necklace. Knightley latered donated the dress the Oxfam, who auctioned it to raise money.
8. Zoe Saldana in Givenchy, 2010:
Zoe Saldana put the fun back into awards season fashion with her hot-off-the-catwalk Givenchy couture spring 2010 dress. The purple ombre thigh-split number is top of our all-time ‘dream dresses’ list, and Saldana showed it off to perfection.
9. Mila Kunis in Elie Saab, 2011:
American actress Mila Kunis nominated for her part in ‘Black Swan’, Mila Kunis decided to don an delicate lavender Elie Saab number, perfectly complementing her dark colouring.
10. Lupita Nyong’o in Prada, 2014:
Nyong’o picked up her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress wearing a custom-made Prada gown. The silk georgette soleil pleated dress was full of personal references to the actress. The subtle sparkling beading on the skirt was for Champagne bubbles, while the colour was for her family heritage, a nod to Kenya, where Lupita was raised – the actress told a red carpet host that the particularly shade of blue reminded her of Nairobi. Meanwhile the neckline and silhouette were reminiscent of Elizabeth Taylor, someone Lupita has previously said she looks to for style inspiration.