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The 2024 Oscars are upon us, and we’re eagerly anticipating all the gowns that will grace the red carpet. The Academy Awards celebrate Hollywood’s biggest achievements, but let’s keep it real: at this point, we’re tuned in for the fashion. Fashion takes centerstage as the most extraordinary stylists and designers team up to craft memorable looks that propel their clients into the fashion headlines. 

So much goes into an unforgettable Oscars red carpet moment. From the perfect jewels, sculpted hair, and flawless makeup, the finished product is a culmination of the season’s biggest trends, a dap of that celeb’s personal style, and a whole lot of glam. It all comes together and makes the annual award show that much more special.

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Red carpet season brings forth jaw-dropping gowns that keep us talking. There are key actors that are known for making the event their personal runway. This year, we expect to see the carpet lit ablaze by some of our faves, including Zendaya Coleman, Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, Angela Bassett, and Issa Rae. But in years past, we’ve seen some notable and unforgettable Oscars gowns that set the tone for the event. Whether spotted on the awards show’s red carpet or at the highly glamorized after parties, the stylish looks shine brighter than the coveted mini statues.

If you need a refresher on all things Oscars red carpet, you’ll want to read on. Check out a few of our favorites through the years that we’re still talking about today.

9 Unforgettable Oscars Dresses

1. Viola Davis

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Viola Davis has created memorable looks on screen and on the red carpet. Davis is gearing up to make history with the current on-screen in The Woman King. In the 2021 Oscars, Davis wore a white  Alexander McQueen dress that gave the star class and style. The cut out details on the bodice of the Alexander McQueen gown gave looked radiant against her glowing skin.

2. Zendaya

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Zendaya has never missed a red carpet moment in her life. And thanks to her stylist Law Roach, she has given us Oscar looks we’ll never stop talking about. Her 2022 Oscars moment dared us to think outside the box. The Valentino sequin skirt paired with a white cut-out silk blouse, was the talk of the fashion court the next day. Her daring push on the red carpet is why she continues to be the A-list dress she is.

3. Andra Day

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The Rise-Up songstress Andra day took a different fashion approach at the 2018 Oscars. We marveled at her artsy Zac Posen floral dress. With florals and exaggerated sleeves and a slight pin-up in a frontal slit, Day was serving regency fashion before the trend. The off-shoulder look with a high-top pony and red platform sandals was the edge that took the look to the next level.

4. Lupita Nyong’o

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Lupita Nyong’o attended the 2022 Oscars in a gilded down that resembled the Oscars statue. The golden Prada sequin gown was carefully embellished with pink floral pieces all the more to help the look stand out.

5. Letitia Wright

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Wakanda Star Letitia Wright has blown us away in her on-screen presence as the new Black Panther. And captured us with her contemporary style Letitia wore a Dior Haute Couture dress paired with Nicholas Kirkwood shoes and Cartier jewels at the 2019 Oscars. We can only wait to see what she will bring to this year’s event.

6. Regina King

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Regina King, for years, has been a fashionable fixture at the Oscars with her winning academy awards and looks that turn heads. During the 2021 Oscars, she stunned in a Louis Vuitton custom gown executed with 62,000 sequins and 3,900 crystals; the work was a labor of 140 hours of love. The dress color of choice gave King the winsome look she deserved.

7. Tracee Ellis Ross

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Tracee Ellis Ross has given us dozens of timeless looks on the red carpet. She never limits herself and takes the most unexpected fashion risks. At the 2022 Oscars, she stepped onto the red carpet wearing a Carolina Herrera gown. The red number was the perfect tea length matching her curves with a red lip that complimented the dress. She completes the look with a simple diamond pearl necklace.

8. Taraji P. Henson


Taraji P. Henson is full of raw talent and fabulous fashion. The Academy Award-nominated actress put a spin on the traditional black gown by wearing a sheer Vera Wang dress. The high-cut slit effortlessly showed off her toned legs and served sultry class. The softly pleated chiffon dress and adoring arm attachment gave her red carpet look a twist.

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