I won’t pretend that I freak out over The Oscars every year, and I was in fact at a friends house having a mexican n’ margaritas night on Sunday, nowhere near a television and totally okay with that. BUT, I always love seeing this image by The Big Group pop up each year with a breakdown of all the dresses worn by the Best Actress winners since 1929. Look at all these silhouettes! The waxing and waning of volume is so fun to see, don’t you think?
And take a look at 1958 and 1966 below: both of these ladies made their own dresses which is badass to an all new level. And both are incredibly gorgeous and not at all homely looking, to boot!
A few other favorites of mine are below.
From “Off the Rack” (in 1929 no less, you go girl!), I want to immediately imitate this look from the french-waved hair to the tunic-length sweater. And why haven’t I been wearing a scarf like this every day of my life? I really don’t know. I’m questioning everything…
I am human, and therefore adore all things associated in any way with Audrey Hepburn. This dress below by Givenchy (not Edith Head—who gets credit for this dress and all wardrobe from Roman Holiday for political reasons only…another story for another time), I believe launched the lifelong relationship between Hepburn and Givenchy (correct me if I’m wrong fellow Hepburn lovers) — and I love that it is a modified version of the dress from the Roman Holiday film itself. Did I mention I love Audrey? I. Love. Audrey.
(Hepburn photo copyright Bettman / CORBIS)
I love the relaxed fit of the top of Elizabeth Taylor’s gown paired with the cinched rosette-adorned waist and ornately embroidered skirt. Yes, yes, yes please.
Layers of flowing chiffon. Billowing silhouettes. Always and forever, I love the 70s. That decade just nailed layering and drape so well. Also, parents-to-be: can we bring the name Faye back in? It’s beautiful.
And of course, Meryl Streep, who has such broad appeal that she surely has the greatest chance of pleasing all were she to run for president.
I’ve got to throw honorable mentions to winners from recent years who donned some gorgeous vintage designer pieces, namely Julia Roberts in vintage Valentino in 2001 and Reese Witherspoon in vintage Christian Dior in 2006. And I’m still drooling over Jennifer Lawrence’s Christian Dior gown from 2013 and Cate Blanchett’s Armani Prive gown from last year — those two will surely stand the test of time when some future genius puts together a round-up of vintage Oscar gowns and is all “these gowns from waaaayyyy back in the twenty-teens, they really knew how to copy other decades well, #amirite?” or however people will talk in fifty years.
Do you fine readers have a favorite Oscars look?
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