Good bad and ugly Oscar dresses MSN – The Oscars have been around for longer than most of us have been alive and as one of the biggest high fashion events of the year (unintentionally) looking back is interesting to see how fashion changes, what people do to express and stand out and just how fickle it all is at the same time!
The red carpet is an odd concept, as a celeb you have to parade yourself in front of the press, knowing you will be judged!
MSN took a look at 15 years of Oscar dresses (yes of course the women get the biggest judgement, not fair, eh!). So we thought we would publish all their “best” comments from the article and you can head over to the slideshow to see the pics and read their “worst” negative comments.
Best: Gwyneth Paltrow in Ralph Lauren
By today’s standards, few would dare dress themselves in a pink meringue gown, but in 1999 it was fitting for Gwyneth Paltrow as she accepted the award for best actress for Shakespeare in Love. We mean, an Oscar automatically makes you royal, and no royal can be without a princess gown.
Best: Trey Parker and Matt Stone in reproduction classics
You have to hand it to the two South Park creators, they sure know how to liven up a relatively stuffy event, even if that does mean consuming who-knows-what in the illicit substance department and cross-dressing for kicks. Still, we’re down with their humorous nods to classic gowns copied from Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow as they work the red carpet with errant hairs and VPLs galore.
Best: Julia Roberts in vintage Valentino
For her best actress winning moment for Erin Brockovich, Julia Roberts donned a high-glamour, old school Hollywood vintage Valentino gown in simple black with contrast white piping. Valentino has since cited that, seeing Roberts wear the dress as she collected her Oscar, was the high point of his career.
Best: Halle Berry in Ellie Saab
Only Halle Berry could pull off such a revealing dress with strategically placed foliage and, while we feel we should despise her for being so darn flawless, the defense “Don’t hate me ‘cause I’m beautiful” comes to mind.
Best: Kate Hudson in Versace
With her Hollywood pedigree, Kate Hudson oozed head to toe red carpet glamour at the 2003 awards, donning this lacey flesh-tone creation by Versace that perfectly complimented her golden skin and hair. Needless to say, she became much more than Almost Famous after this.
Best: Charlize Theron in Gucci
The blonde bombshell looked just like the golden statuette she collected that year — for her chilling turn in Monster – while wearing this shimmering, yet simple backless number.
Best: Hilary Swank in Guy Laroche
Who remembers the jaw-dropping gown Hilary Swank wore during her Million Dollar Baby win? It was all conservative business in the front and then — woah! — a skin-showing party in the back as the actress showed off her chameleon-like talents both on and offscreen.
Best: Michelle Williams in Vera Wang
Few people could get away with wearing such a vivid yellow without drawing comparisons to Big Bird, but Michelle Williams nails this bold hue and proved to have finally made the switch from small screen actress to big movie star.
Best: Beyoncé in Armani Prive
Being the flawless goddess and queen she is, Beyoncé looked the very Dreamgirl she was there to represent at the 2007 Oscars, donning this enviable green Armani Prive gown with an elegant one shoulder detail. The clincher? A thigh-high slit that showed off her toned dancing pins.
Best: Jessica Alba in Marchesa
A heavily pregnant Jessica Alba was undeterred in her Oscar outing, making her bump as much of a fashion accessory as her jewels in this strapless, plumb Marchesa gown with a feathery bust. ’I thought it was comfortable and flattering,’ Alba told People. ‘It would be nice to show my baby, ‘This is what Mommy wore to the Oscars!”
Best: Kate Winslet in YSL Atelier
It wasn’t the most show-stopping dress for her moment in the spotlight picking up an award for The Reader, but Kate Winslet kept things classy and elegant (as she always does) in her silver and black lace YSL Atelier gown.
Best: Elizabeth Banks in Versace
A bit of a risky number, but Elizabeth Banks nailed ruffles and volume in her lavender sleeveless Versace gown with a layered skirt. It’s a bold silhouette, but Banks managed to look chic and gorgeous in the execution.
Best: Helen Mirren in Vivienne Westwood
Helen Mirren looked exquisite at the 2011 Oscars, teaming her sophisticated cropped bob with this grey, satin Vivienne Westwood gown. Of course, that whopping pearl and diamond sparkler round her neck didn’t hurt her cause.
Best: Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji
In the year that she won for best supporting actress in The Help, Octavio Spencer also took home glory for her triple-s gown… as in sparkly, silver and stunning. Allegedly the hand-beaded silk tulle took 1,000 hours of work and a team of 10 to create, but we think it was worth every minute.
Best: Quvenzhané Wallis in Armani Junior
We would have gone with Jennifer Lawrence’s beautiful Dior dress had it not made her trip at a very crucial moment in the night. With that, we’re picking 10-year-old child star Quvenzhané Wallis for her impeccable lilac party dress that she teamed with a fabulous puppy purse. Talk about finding your style at a young age and making us all wish they made it in our size!
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