Geena Davis 1992 Oscar Dress
The Most Memorable Oscar Dresses
When it comes to Oscar dresses, the most memorable looks tend to be the daring ones. Whether it’s an outlandish swan dress or a revealing Bob Mackie, there are plenty of unforgettable red carpet fashions to choose from. However, some outfits are remembered for the wrong reasons. While most of the time, a star’s choice is dictated by their taste and personal style, there are certain exceptions.
Cher’s 1986 Oscars look is legendary. She wore a revealing Bob Mackie that made headlines when she won Best Actress for her role in Moonlighting. In fact, the outfit has been described as “revealing” by Harper’s Bazaar.
Cher’s gown is not the only famous actress who wore a gown with a revealing design to the Oscars. In addition to Cher, who also wore a see-through dress with crystals on the side, there were many other iconic stars who wore revealing looks to the Oscars. Among them were Anjelica Huston, who wore a short black beaded sparkler and Laura Dern, who wore a pretty floral lace ensemble.
Bette Davis has always been known for her daring and unconventional style. The actress, who is 63 years old, once designed her own gown. Her Oscars appearance in 1988 was for a supporting role in The Accidental Tourist.
Another actress who has been known for her outlandish red carpet attire is Viola Davis. She doesn’t follow fashion forecasts or critics and wears whatever catches her eye. For her 2004 Academy Award ceremony, she wore a dress from Christian Lacroix. Although she said she should have worn a bra under the dress, she wore it anyway.
Another iconic celebrity who has worn an revealing look to the Oscars is Angelina Jolie. In 1998, the star wore a swan-inspired dress. This was not in keeping with the dress code, however, and many fashion critics were upset.
Other celebrities who have opted for revealing looks include: Gena Rowlands, who wore a glitzy pink dress with a matching cape, and Dolly Parton, who wore a low-cut gown with a bedazzled bow. Some of the less-formidable names that have been known to flaunt revealing looks on the Oscars red carpet include: Edy Williams, who wore a leopard print bikini to the 1974 Academy Awards; Jennifer Connelly, who wore a backless gown; and Cate Blanchett, who wore a backless gown to the 2000 Academy Awards.
Some Oscars red carpet looks have been more memorable than the films they’ve been associated with. A few of the most memorable costumes to date have been worn by Cher, who won Best Actress for her performance in Moonlighting in 1987. Also, who can forget the outrageous outfits worn by Angelina Jolie, who won Best Supporting Actress for her work in Monster’s Ball?
Geena Davis has been a feminist icon in Hollywood, and has never strayed from her principles. She is a founding member of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which educates industry leaders about gender bias. Davis is known for her bold red carpet style and has toured several design houses. Earlier this year, she was recognized with an honorary Oscar.