If there’s one thing that stands the test of time, it’s a love for fashion.
As the industry’s biggest stars prepare for the 2020 Academy Awards on Feb. 9, we’re looking back at some of the best in vintage Oscar gowns worn by old Hollywood icons like Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn and Julie Andrews to talent-du-jour like Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts.
Here, we round up some of the all-time best in vintage red-carpet Oscars outfits.
Berry won the Oscar for her role in Monster’s Ball, and she wore one of the most talked-about gowns in Oscars history — this maroon gown by Elie Saab.
Kidman made a statement in a mustard yellow satin Christian Dior dress at the 1997 Academy Awards.
Roberts took home her first Oscar at the 2001 Academy Awards, dazzling in a black-and-white vintage Valentino gown.
Hurley wore a white sparkly vintage Versace gown for the 1995 Academy Awards.
The famed Italian actor wore a stunning evening gown with a feather collar for the Academy Awards in 1963.
Ross shone bright on stage in a strapped glitter gown while performing during the 57th Academy Awards.
At the 54th Academy Awards, Ross dazzled in a glittering red gown and accessorized with a long, white fur shawl.
Crawford took home her first and only Oscar in 1946 for her role in Mildred Pierce, but she also attended the awards presentation in 1963, looking very old Hollywood glam.
Taylor won her first Oscar for her role in Butterfield 8 in 1961. She wore a yellow-and-white floral gown, paired with elbow-length gloves, for the event.
The iconic actor stunned in a white embroidered swoop-neck gown at the 1992 Academy Awards.
A year later, she stunned in a bright yellow V-neck belted gown and matching heels for the occasion.
Davis dazzled in a gown that featured a feathered collar for her second Academy Awards presentation in 1939.
Posing with Marlon Brando at the 1955 Academy Awards presentation, Davis wore an off-the-shoulder gown and a pointed doge’s hat.
Ava Gardner wore a tiara and silver evening gown for the Oscars in 1960. She was only nominated once for an Academy Award, for her role in Mogambo.
Mansfield posed alongside Cleo Moore at the Academy Awards in 1956. She wore an embroidered floor-length dress, pulled together with a velvet bow around her waist.
Kelly was the picture of old Hollywood glam in a spaghetti-strap baby blue slip dress at the Academy Awards ceremony in 1955. She won the best actress Oscar for her role in the film The Country Girl.
The following year, Kelly was notably more covered up at the 28th Academy Award presentations. She left the next day for her wedding to Prince Rainier in Monaco. This marked her last appearance in Hollywood.
For Andrews’ first and only Academy Award win for her performance in Mary Poppins, she wore a square-neck sunshine yellow dress.
Three years later in 1968, Andrews attended the Oscars again, this time wearing a perfectly on-trend black gown boasting billowing sheer sleeves, a velvet high neck and a full taffeta skirt. She wasn’t nominated, but she starred in Star!.
Hepburn rushed from her hit Broadway play Ondine to receive the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Roman Holiday in 1954. She wore a vintage Givenchy gown.
Hepburn typically wore the same silhouette and angelic hues of white and cream, often with floral embroidery. She went with a plain white floor-length gown in 1965, the year she was nominated for her role in My Fair Lady.
Streisand won the Oscar for Best Actress in Funny Girl. That same year, Katharine Hepburn also won Best Actress, a rare split decision. Her sheer coordinating outfit was scandalous for the time.
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