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These Looks Turned the Most Heads on the Oscars Red Carpet Over the Past 50 Years


Of all the events in Hollywood, the Academy Awards is home to some of the most over-the-top and flamboyant looks of all time. It’s basically the mother of all award shows, and each year our favorite celebs hit the red carpet in jaw-dropping couture that leaves us absolutely floored. Sunday, March 27, marks the 94th Oscars ceremony, and while this year’s award show season looked differently due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, we’ve seen that doesn’t stop our favorite A-listers from serving some serious looks. With a rich history of shocking looks from Lady Gaga’s red gloves to Björk’s swan dress, the Oscars are pretty much a guarantee for a memorable set of looks.

Following suit with a few of this year’s awards shows, the Academy Awards will actually have a physical red carpet, which means we’re expecting the ceremony to send off this awards season with a total bang. After a long time lounging around the house in sweatpants, you better believe celebdom will be coming in hot, and if past shows have taught us anything, it’s that we’re in for a memorable night. We’re taking a look back at some of the most outrageous red carpet looks through the years — the good, the bad, and the huh? — and there are fashion highs and lows we’ll never forget, from Angelina Jolie’s high-slit Versace gown to Cher’s, well, everything.

See all the looks that drew stares below, some that raised the bar for fashion, and others we still just don’t get.

A version of this article was originally published in April 2021. 

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