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The Best Oscar Dresses of All Time

The Academy Awards ceremony is known as Hollywood’s biggest night; one of the most glamorous red carpet events of the year, where stars bring their sartorial A-game. With the 2018’s red carpet complete for another year, the fashion desk looks back through the archives so far…

Over the years, celebrities have worn memorable gowns that have solidified their status as style icons. Holding the title for one of the first iconic looks is Audrey Hepburn. In 1954, she took home the award for Best Actress for her role as Princess Anne in Roman Holiday, wearing a cream, boat-necked dress featuring floral embroidery by Hubert de Givenchy. In 1955, legendary actress Grace Kelly took home the golden statue for her character in the film Country Girl, wearing a mint green, draped gown imagined by American costume designer Edith Head.

At the turn of the new millennium, Julia Roberts opted for a vintage number. Roberts took to the stage to accept her award in 2001, wearing a black and white vintage Valentino gown. Meanwhile, Halle Berry made the decision to wear an Arab designer for her monumental win in 2002, stepping out in a burgundy, sheer bodice gown featuring floral embroidery by Elie Saab.

In recent years, the stars continued to shine. In 2013, Jennifer Lawrence won her first statue wearing a blush Christian Dior Haute Couture gown designed by Raf Simons. Two years later, Lady Gaga made an appearance in a glittering white number by Azzedine Alaïa. The silhouette worn by the singer marked the first time the Tunisian designer created a custom piece specifically for the award show.

Ahead of the 2019 Academy Awards on January 22nd, Vogue Arabia revisits the most memorable dresses of all time.

Click here to see the best dresses by Arab designers on the red carpet.

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