These Iconic Oscar Dresses Made History: Watch

From the iconic dress Grace Kelly wore in 1955 to Keira Knightley's Vera Wang taffeta, a look at revolutionary Oscar fashion

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Each year at the Academy Awards, actresses walk the red carpet hoping to make a lasting, positive impression — but only a handful of dresses have had a lasting impact on both Hollywood and fashion history, bringing sudden fame to the actresses who wore them or transforming their designers’ reputation.

Ahead of Sunday’s 86th Academy Awards, InStyle Editor-at-Large Hal Rubenstein recalls some of the Oscar dresses that turned heads and blazed new trails in fashion.

In 1997, for instance, Nicole Kidman wore a chartreuse John Galliano gown that raised the designer’s global profile and introduced haute couture as a new standard for red-carpet success.  At the 79th Academy Awards, Keira Knightley strode out in a burgundy taffeta Vera Wang ball gown, and the then little-known actress became a “Who’s that woman?” sensation by the next morning, according to Rubenstein.  And in 2011, newcomer Jennifer Lawrence, who sported denim and plaid in her breakout performance in Winter’s Bone, wore a body-hugging, red Calvin Klein dress that revealed her as a jaw-dropping beauty and certain A-list star.

For more unforgettable Oscar dresses, take a look at InStyle’s pick for The Oscar Dresses We Can’t Forget (And Don’t Want To!), and what the winners wore in 20 Years of Best Actress Dresses.

5 comments
olivia123
olivia123

who is this guy? pirate ear ring? I bet there are cowboy boots on his feet and Liberace rings on his fingers.  how could anyone take fashion commentary seriously from someone dressed this way?

tess2802
tess2802

Nice video, but lacking in anything solid from the 60's, 70's and 80's. I would like to point out that Kim Basinger wore Escada in 1999, not 1978. Additionally, Ms. Robert's dress was the Valentino couture collection of 1992, not 1982.

lolepop
lolepop

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MadisonChua
MadisonChua

Very interesting choices.

I liked a lot of the gowns mentioned, but other than Grace Kelly's gown, Cher's Bob Mackie gown and Nicole Kidman's John Galliano gown, none were as iconic as Mr. Rubenstein kept raving. Still, it was a fresh perspective and I appreciated it.