Couture at the Oscars: 15 Memorable Gowns from the Biggest Award Show of the Year

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There are not many things in the world that goes so perfectly hand-in-hand as couture gowns and the Academy Awards red carpet. This week, the Spring 2017 Haute Couture collections take over Paris, likely giving a sneak preview of what some of this year’s Best Actress nominees will be wearing as they vie for Oscar gold. Here, a look back at fifteen of the most memorable Oscars gowns straight off the runway, from Nicole Kidman’s show-stopping mink-trimmed chartreuse Dior to the strapless red Valentino gown Anne Hathaway wore before her 2011 hosting duties.

Nicole Kidman stepped out in a mink-trimmed chartreuse gown, designed by John Galliano for Christian Dior Haute Couture, at the 1997 Awards, creating an iconic style moment.
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Nicole Kidman wearing Christian Dior Haute Couture at the 1997 Academy Awards

French actress Marion Cotillard took home her first Oscar in 2008, wearing a mermaid-inspired dress, updated in white, from the Jean Paul Gaultier runway.
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Marion Cotillard wearing Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture at the 2008 Academy Awards

Zoe Saldana made a major statement at the 2010 Academy Awards, wearing a voluminous purple Givenchy gown.
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Zoe Saldana wearing Givenchy at the 2010 Academy Awards

Sarah Jessica Parker took beauty inspiration from the Chanel couture runway, pairing her spring 2010 gown with an oversized up-do.
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Sarah Jessica Parker wearing Chanel couture at the 2010 Academy Awards.

In 2010, Rachel McAdams donned Elie Saab’s watercolor-esque strapless gown, originally worn by a young Karlie Kloss on the runway.
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Rachel McAdams wearing Elie Saab couture at the 2010 Academy Awards.

Before taking the stage for hosting duties, Anne Hathaway took to the 2011 Oscars red carpet in a crimson Valentino gown.
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Anne Hathaway wearing Valentino couture at the 2011 Academy Awards.

In the year of Black Swan, Mila Kunis opted for a lighter hue in a lilac Elie Saab lace dress.

Mila Kunis wearing Elie Saab couture at the 2011 Academy Awards.

Rooney Mara looked to the Givenchy couture archives for the 2012 Academy Awards, selecting a piece from 2009 that was originally shown sheer – and modeled by Karlie Kloss.
La La Land star Emma Stone arrived at the 2012 Academy Awards in fuchsia pink Giambattista Valli couture.
It was the fall heard around the world, as Jennifer Lawrence tripped on her Dior couture ballgown on the way to accept her Best Actress award in 2013.
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Jennifer Lawrence wearing Dior couture at the 2013 Academy Awards

Following the news of her double mastectomy, Angelina Jolie arrived at the 2014 Oscars wearing a sheer and silver embroidered Elie Saab dress.

Angelina Jolie wearing Elie Saab couture at the 2014 Academy Awards.

Lady Gaga turned to pal Donatella Versace for her 2014 Academy Awards gown, a pale pink sequined number straight off the spring runway.

Lady Gaga wearing Atelier Versace at the 2014 Academy Awards

A pregnant Keira Knightley took to the 2015 Oscars red carpet wearing a floral Valentino dress.

Keira Knightley wearing Valentino couture at the 2015 Academy Awards.

Gwyneth Paltrow modified Ralph & Russo’s Spring 2015 gown for the 2015 Academy Awards, opting to make the look one-shouldered.

Gwyneth Paltrow wearing Ralph & Russo couture at the 2015 Academy Awards.

Julianne Moore selected a bejeweled black dress by Chanel, originally worn on the runway by Kendall Jenner, for the 2016 Academy Awards.
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Julianne Moore wearing Chanel couture at the 2016 Academy Awards.