A Rainbow-Coloured Timeline Of Our Favourite Oscars Dresses Ever

It’s the 91st Academy Awards this Sunday! And whether you’re rooting for Gaga or Close, we can all agree that we’re already excited to see this year’s red carpet fashion. Each year Hollywood’s A-list appoint the best Couturiers to dress them for the special occasion, and this time around we’re predicting we will get to see lots of colour. So to get in the mood we looked back at some of our favourite colourful Oscars dresses ever and created a rainbow-coloured timeline…

Yellow will certainly stand out against the red carpet, making it a bold choice to go for. Bravery paid off for Alicia Vikander in 2016 and Michelle Williams in 2006 who opted for a Belle-inspired pastel number and a sunflower-yellow ruffled dress respectively.

In 2000 Charlize Theron made an impact in her slinky tangerine Vera Wang dress when she was a presenter at the ceremony. Then, there was a significant lack of orange on the carpet until Jennifer Lawrence picked a coral Dior gown in 2014. Let’s see if we can add another one to the list this Sunday…

Our favourite red dresses in Oscars-history have to be Nicole Kidman’s Balenciaga in 2007 and Halle Berry’s iconic burgundy Elie Saab in 2002. Although red seems to be a trusted and impactful choice, we’re predicting it will be overshadowed by other brights this year.

In 2010, Zoe Saldana made all the best-dressed lists in a purple ombré Givenchy Couture number. The following year Cate Blanchett also went for a lilac Givenchy creation, which manifested her status as a fashion icon and proved that the French house and the colour purple always make for a winning combination.

Arguably two of the most-loved Oscar dresses of all time were both pink: Penelope Cruz’ feathered Atelier Versace in 2007 and Gwyneth Paltrow’s Ralph Lauren in 1999. Another thing they have in common is a fitted bodice and a wide skirt that enhances the hyper-feminine appeal.

Both Lupita Nyong’o and Hilary Swank wore blue to pick up a golden statue and make Oscar-fashion history. Lupita’s breathtaking pastel dress was created by Prada in 2014, whereas Hilary’s famous open-back design came from Guy Laroche in 2005. The key? Simple plunging silhouettes and soft pleated fabrics that made the colour really stand out.

We have a feeling green might be a popular choice at the 2019 Academy Awards, but it wouldn’t be the first time. In 2006, Jennifer Lopez wowed in a Vintage green chiffon gown from Rita Watnick at Lily et Cie and in 2003 we loved Julianne Moore’s teal Yves Saint-Laurent mermaid silhouette.


Find out where to watch all Oscar-nominated films before Sunday…