Best of Oscar Fashion Since 1929

Oscar Best Actress Dresses

It’s that time again, fashion friends… Oscar Sunday!  Since Gravity is the only nominated film I’ve seen pre-show, I’m not a great predictor of this year’s winners. But {like many ladies out there}, I wouldn’t miss the show for the fabulous fashion.  Isn’t it fun to live vicariously through those wearing vintage Dior and dripping with millions of Cartier jewels?  It’s a wanna-be princess paradise.

I bet most of us could name that ONE dress you always think of when Oscar fashion is mentioned.  Looking through pictures, I’ll find myself saying, “Yep, that was my favorite,” only to correct myself seconds later to say, “How could I forget THAT one?!”  Top of my head, I’d have to say that Hilary Swank’s truly stunning navy, backless Guy Laroche gown in 2005 was about as good as it gets.  The color + cut = Hollywood classic.

Hilary Swank 2005 - Guy Laroche

Then again, in my fashion book, Diane Kruger can do no wrong.  Here she is at the Oscars in Elie Saab in 2006.  She defines classic, understated beauty to me.  And I like that even the understated color of this dress keeps the focus squarely on her… no bold color needed.

Diane Kruger 2006 - Elie Saab

Here’s Penelope Cruz in another off-white winner at the Oscars in 2009 in Vintage Balmain.  That color brings to mind old Hollywood, romance and femininity…

Penelope Cruz 2009 - vintage Balmain

Penelope Cruz had a similar idea with this 2007 Atelier Versace gown.  {If ever there is a reason to don a larger-than-life, furry ball gown, the Oscars is it!}  I love the fitted bodice and full skirt, but I think it’s the gorgeous blush color that puts this one over the top.  Give that stylist a raise!  {Stay tuned for a strictly “blush” post this week!}

Penelope Cruz 2007 - Atelier Versace

Minimalist fashion at its finest.  Nicole Kidman in Balenciaga in 2007 was pretty wonderful.  {In fact, my twin sister’s wedding gown mirrored the large, feminine bow at the back.}

Nicole Kidman 2007 - Balenciaga

And while we’re on red, Heidi Klum’s 2008 John Galliano was quite spectacular.  I love the raised collar in the back balanced with the flowing train.

Heidi Klum 2008 - John GallianoWho can forget Halle Berry’s illusion top and burgundy train?  This Elie Saab stunner she wore to the Oscars in 2002 is one of a kind.  With her enviable figure and some strategic fashion tape, she pulled it off well!

Halle Berry 2002 - Elie Saab

I’m a firm believer that the simpler, the better.  And Beyonce’s 2005 Atelier Versace gown screamed Hollywood glamour to me.  I love the sophistication of the black velvet and the simple lines put the focus exactly where it belongs… on her.

Beyonce 2005 - Atelier Versace

Angelina Jolie had the same idea in 2009 with this elegant Elie Saab gown.  While I can’t say that the dress cemented a way into my memory, those fabulous emerald green earrings certainly did.

Angelie Jolie 2009 - Elie Saab

Gwyneth Paltrow took home the Oscar in 1999 wearing this memorable Ralph Lauren.  I’ve read how she regretted this choice following the event, but I think it’s youthful and lovely and ~ again ~ a great example of simple beauty.

Gwyneth Paltrow 1999 - Ralph Lauren

And back to true, Hollywood glamour.  Here are a couple of gorgeous shots of the impeccable Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn at the Oscars…

Grace Kelly 1955 - Edith Head

Audrey Hepburn 1954 - Givenchy

Do you have any favorites that I haven’t mentioned?  Are you planning on watching tonight?  Gather some fun girlfriends and a little wine and enjoy the fashion {not to mention the actual Oscars!}

Claire Signature

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