70 of the Most Iconic Oscar Gowns of All Time

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Every awards season, dozens of gowns roll out onto the red carpet: metallic, sheer, strapless, backless…if a designer can make it, an actress has worn it to the Oscars. But only a few are sartorial standouts to last the ages. From Zendaya‘s custom Valentino cutout dress in 2021 to Gwyneth Paltrow foreshadowing millennial pink in 1999, here are the most iconic dresses in Oscar history—with more being added every year.

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Zendaya

At the 2021 Academy Awards

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Amanda Seyfried

At the 2021 Academy Awards

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Viola Davis

At the 2021 Academy Awards

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Janelle Monae

At the 2020 Academy Awards

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Sandra Oh

At the 2020 Academy Awards

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Cynthia Erivo

At the 2020 Academy Awards

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Florence Pugh

At the 2020 Academy Awards

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Kacey Musgraves

In Giambattista Valli at the 2019 Academy Awards

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Billy Porter

In Christian Siriano at the 2019 Academy Awards

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Gemma Chan

In Valentino Haute Couture at the 2019 Academy Awards

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Lady Gaga

At the 2019 Academy Awards

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Margot Robbie

In custom Chanel at the 2018 Academy Awards

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Sandra Bullock

In custom Louis Vuitton at the 2018 Academy Awards

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Lupita Nyong’o

In Versace at the 2018 Academy Awards

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Naomie Harris

In Calvin Klein by Appointment at the 2017 Academy Awards

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Taraji P. Henson

In custom Alberta Ferretti at the 2017 Academy Awards

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Sofia Boutella

In Chanel Haute Couture at the 2017 Academy Awards

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Lady Gaga

In Brandon Maxwell at the 2016 Academy Awards

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Cate Blanchett

At the 2016 Academy Awards

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Kerry Washington

In Versace Atelier at the 2016 Academy Awards

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Rooney Mara

At the 2016 Academy Awards

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Charlize Theron

In Dior Haute Couture at the 2016 Academy Awards

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Zendaya

At the 2015 Academy Awards

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Jennifer Lopez

In Elie Saab at the 2015 Academy Awards

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Lupita Nyong’o

In custom Calvin Klein at the 2015 Academy Awards

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Emma Stone

In Elie Saab at the 2015 Academy Awards

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Lupita Nyong’o

In Prada at the 2014 Academy Awards

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Kate Hudson

In Atelier Versace at the 2014 Academy Awards

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Amy Adams

In Oscar de la Renta at the 2013 Academy Awards

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Jennifer Lawrence

In Dior Haute Couture at the 2013 Academy Awards

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