The most iconic Oscars looks in history

With Oscars season 2020 in full swing, we look at the outfits that stole the show on the red carpet throughout the years


The Oscars, or The Academy Awards, is the biggest awards ceremony in the film industry - and that means, when it comes to red carpet outfits, it's 'go big, or go home'.

However, unlike the Met Gala, making a statement at The Oscars doesn't necessarily mean dressing with the intention of turning heads. Subtlety sometimes makes a bigger impact (see Coretta Scott King's and Zendaya's outfits, below).

With the 92nd Academy Awards just around the corner, we take a look at the most iconic looks from the ceremony over the years.

Aretha Franklin
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Aretha Franklin blew the audience away at the 1969 Oscars with her powerful vocals, and embroidered dress and headpiece.

Lola Falana
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Singer and actress Lola Falana maximised on a chic black dress with a bountiful, white feather boa at the 1970 Oscars ceremony.

Coretta Scott King
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Author, activist and wife of Martin Luther, Coretta Scott King attended the 43rd Oscars in 1971 wearing a simple but elegant dress accessorised with a cameo brooch, an outfit that vastly contrasted with the disco-ball glitz and glamour of the time.

Debbie Allen
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Actress Debbie Allen's 1982 Oscars look wouldn't be out of place on today's red carpet. The thigh-high slit, big shoulders and all-over glitz completed a dress that was way ahead of its time.

Diana Ross
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Who could have done 80s glamour better than Diana Ross? The singer's 1982 crismon sequin gown was topped off with a long, white fur stole - an iconic pairing!

Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston
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Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston wore white floor-length gowns in true diva style at the 1999 Oscards awards ceremony for an emotional performance of When You Believe, which won Best Original Song that year.

Halle Berry
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2002 saw Halle Berry and Denzel Washington making history as the first African Americans to win Oscars for leading roles in the same year. Halle collected the award in an unforgettable scarlet Elie Saab gown.

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Zendaya's off-white gown at the 2015 Oscars may have been simple, but her fresh dreadlocks took it up ten notches on the style scale.

Janelle Monae
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Janelle Monáe attended her first Oscars in 2017 in a fairytale Elie Saab couture gown, adorned with layers of canary and white diamonds.

Chadwick Boseman
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Chadwick Boseman paired a sequin suit jacket with a black silk shirt in 2018, proving that men's Oscars looks shouldn't be overlooked!

Lupita Nyongo
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Lupita Nyong'o joined Jordan Peele and Winston Duke on the 2019 red carpet in a jawdropping Oscar de la Renta gown.

Billy Porter
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Pose star Billy Porter wore an unapologetically fabulous custom Christian Siriano gown on the red carpet in 2019, challenging the Hollywood dress code.

Regina King
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Regina King picked up her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2019 in all-white Oscar de la Renta. Her official Oscars photo is how all of us felt during the announcement of her win!

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