The biggest question on The Academy Awards red carpet: “Who are you wearing?”
To be sure, the choice of ensemble is one that will go down in history for many of the actresses who attend the awards show, especially the ones who go home with Oscars gold. In the ultimate flashback, MediaRun Digital created an infographic that rounds up all of the dresses that have been worn by Best Actress winners since the awards were first held in 1929.
The graphic helps show how the trends for the big night changed over the years, like the simpler creations that actresses wore before wearing a dress off the runway was en vogue. Although many of the designers are listed as “unknown,” in the ’20-’50’s actresses trended towards tapping costume designers for their red carpet dresses, like Irene Gibbons who created the Best Actress dresses in 1940 and 1941.
The chart also reminds of the statistic that’s impossible to ignore when we discuss this awards show: Halle Berry is the first and still the only Black woman to ever receive the Best Actress honor (an award that came award and came 63 years after Hattie McDaniel’s ‘Supporting Actress’ victory for “Gone with the Wind”). In 2021 she accepted the Best Actress”award for “Monster’s Ball” in a floral Elie Saab gown:
This year, Amy Adams (American Hustle) Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) Sandra Bullock (Gravity) Judi Dench (Philomena) and Meryl Streep (August: Osage County) will go head to head for the Best Actress award, but we have our eyes on what rising fashion “It Girl” Lupita Nyong’o will wear as she’s up for Best Supporting Actress honors for “12 Year’s A Slave.”
Check out designer gowns we’d love to see Lupita in the gallery, below!
1. 7 Absurdly Gorgeous Gowns Lupita Nyong'o Could Wear To The Oscars
With every red carpet appearance I fall more in love with this year's breakout starlet, Lupita Nyong'o. She has officially set a stellar style standard with her red capped Ralph Lauren gown and her gorgeous strapless emerald green Christian Dior gown. Can she trump her best red carpet looks? Here's seven absurdly gorgeous gowns that we think Lupita could wear to the Oscars.
2. Monique Lhuillier Spring 2014
Because Lupita is not afraid of color, this hot fuchsia tube top and fiery red maxi skirt would be a perfect stunner for the Oscars.
3. Jenny Packham Spring 2014
With Lupita's smooth flawless brown skin, the Jenny Packham chartreuse pleated gown would be perfect.
4. Carolina Herrera Fall 2014
I don't think we will ever see Lupita in black but the structure (and the bow belt) is perfect for her petite frame.
5. Christian Siriano Fall 2014
In the spirit of her capped Ralph Lauren gown, this Christian Sirano black gown with a capped peplum is just everything that dreams are made of.
6. Elie Saab Spring 2014
I don't think Lupita would wear a knee-length cocktail dress to the Oscars BUT I absolutely adore this color and she would slay it.
7. Tadashi Shoji Fall 2014
The illusion of sheer and nude is very popular on the red carpets this season. Lupita would turn many heads with this gown.
8. Naeem Khan Spring 2014
One of the hottest color trends this season just happens to be winter white, and we all know this color is just right for Lupita to wear to the Oscars.