Oscar Dresses

There’s a certain kind of glamour and mood that only an Oscars night can provide, and perhaps the most fabulous way to take it all in is through the gowns and outfits selected by the biggest stars of each year.

Digital agency MediaRun have done just that, creating this sweet concise chart with every dress worn by the Best Actress of each year, and we’ve spent a happy time poring over each little sketch, picking favourites and conjuring up the magic and nostalgia of a classic Hollywood event that’s been going since the 1920s.

We suggest pouring yourself a coupe of champagne before proceeding…


“Other than the pleasure of looking at the dresses and remembering them from the occasion (depending on your age), it is interesting to see how styles change over the decades. The 50s are classically elegant, as one might expect, while the love/hate relationship people have with 80s fashion is on full display with wildly different and highly original designs each year. The early ceremonies were a far less extravagant occasion and fashion choices reflected that, while today’s events see luxurious flowing gowns from the world’s leading designers.

Research for this required us to look up every award-winner and find several photos of them in the dress. Older photos, being in black and white presented an issue so we made every effort to find written references to the dresses so we could recreate them in colour. The other significant challenge was in finding the name of designer of each dress. We’ve done our best within the time we could spend on this but many are still marked as ‘unknown’, due to the scarcity of this information.” – Paul North, MediaRun

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