Top Ten Favorite “Old Hollywood” Oscar Dresses

Well, it’s that time again when millions of us tune in to the Academy Awards to see who gets to go home with a coveted Oscar this year.   But, it’s not only the suspense of seeing who’s going to win the prestigious awards, but also our fascination for glitz and glamour that keep us glued to the screen.  The celebrity  fashions worn on the red carpet are  truly the highlight of the show and they’re discussed, dissected and analyzed at length,  long after the event is over.

Personally, I usually only see a handful of gowns that really impress me, especially since I’m a lover of vintage fashion and classic “Old Hollywood” style evening wear.   Lately, it seems, many actresses are in a contest as to who can pour themselves into the most revealing, ostentatious,  spectacle of a dress.  For many actresses tasteful, classy dressing seems to have gone the way of the panty girdle!  Not that I have an issue with sexy dressing.  I’m certainly not opposed to dresses showcasing your womanly assets. But my opinion is,  if you want to feature a particular body part, please make it a partial revealing and cover up everywhere else.  It’s overkill to have the breasts spilling completely out of a gown, crotch high slit and fabric so sheer and clinging that they are literally one Louboutin clad step away from a major wardrobe malfunction!  I mean, some of these women don’t even look comfortable attempting to navigate the red carpet while trying not to give us all an anatomy lesson!

So I’ve picked my Top Ten Favorite Oscar Fashion Photos from the past. Photos of  actresses wearing elegant, glamorous dresses and  gowns, styles I’d like to see more of when I  watch the Academy Awards!

1.  Audrey Hepburn’s classic style lace dress was originally designed by Edith Head for Roman Holiday (1953) and a special Oscar night version was  adapted by Hubert Givenchy.  Audrey referred to it as her “Lucky Dress” and had all her costumes designed by Givenchy after that.  A couple of years ago it fetched over $130,000 at auction!

Audrey Hepburn and her Oscar for Roman Holiday-1953.

Audrey Hepburn and her Oscar for Roman Holiday-1953.

2. Grace Kelly’s stunning  seafoam green silk gown worn when she accepted the Oscar in 1955  for The Country Girl (1954). was designed by famous Hollywood costumer,  Edith Head.

3.  Here is Donna Reed standing with “Ol Blue Eyes” while accepting her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in From Here to Eternity (1953). Love her full skirted gown with the strapless sweetheart bodice and waist flattering ruching.  Definitely a classy, ladylike look!

Donna Reed with Frank Sinatra accepting Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in From Here to Eternity (1953)

Donna Reed with Frank Sinatra accepting Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in From Here to Eternity (1953)

4. Though she didn’t win an Oscar in 1954, Grace Kelly showed up  looking smashing in a sequin embroidered dress, accessorized by the handsome Clark Gable!

Grace Kelly and Clark Gable at 1954 Academy Awards

Grace Kelly and Clark Gable at 1954 Academy Awards

5.  Norma Shearer wore a sleek, drapey brocade gown to accept her Oscar for Best Actress in The Divorcee (1930).
The  flowers at the waist and the little fur cuffs on the jacket are lovely extra touches.

Norma Shearer accepting her Oscar for the Divorcee 1930

Norma Shearer accepting her Oscar for The Divorcee 1930

6.  Annette Funicello accepting an honorary Oscar for Hayley Mills, who was out of the country at the time. Both she and her presenter, Shirley Temple,
are wearing lovely dresses that are very sophisticated for young ladies.  Though Ms. Temple’s hairdo look a bit matronly, I’m loving Annette’s updo!

Annette Funicello accepting an honorary Oscar from Shirley temple

Shirley Temple presenting an honorary Oscar  to Annette Funicello-1961

7. In 1961 Shirley Jones accepted her Oscar for Best Actress in Elmer Gantry (1960) wearing this sparkly gold and champagne tulle dress with cropped bolero jacket.

Shirley Jones accepting her Oscar for Elmer Gantry - 1960

Shirley Jones accepting her Oscar for Elmer Gantry – 1960

8.   No list of classic red carpet dresses would be complete without a Marilyn Monroe dress! This black sequined tulle mesh
beauty has that ever flattering sweetheart bodice with off the shoulder sleeves that add just the right hint of bareness.
Of course,  with the famous star’s gorgeous hairstyle and makeup and elegant, understated jewelry, the combination
is simply breathtaking!

Marilyn Monroe attended 1951 Academy Awards in this black mesh dress

Marilyn Monroe attended 1951 Academy Awards in this black sequined tulle dress

9. Elzabeth Taylor with husband, Mike Todd, at the 1957 Academy Awards, where he won a Best Director Oscar for Around the World in 80 Days.
I’m totally smitten with her Grecian style gown and that sparkly diamond tiara!

Elizabeth Taylor and Mike Todd at 1950 Academy Awards

Elizabeth Taylor and Mike Todd at 1957 Academy Awards

 10. And last, but certainly not least, Vivien Leigh in this fabulously feminine floral  number designed by Irene Lentz.
She wore it in 1940 to accept her Best Actress Oscar for Gone With the Wind (1939).

Vivien Leigh accepting her Best Actress Oscar for Gone With the Wind

Vivien Leigh accepting her Best Actress Oscar for Gone With the Wind

Which one is your favorite?

 

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  1. Theresa C.
    Theresa C. March 6, 2014 at 9:50 am

    I know, Jessica. I like that one too. Sparkly is a good thing 🙂

  2. Theresa C.
    Theresa C. March 6, 2014 at 9:48 am

    It’s so classic and feminine. It is definitely HER! She and Givenchy made great fashion match 🙂

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    Jessica Cangiano March 5, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Oooh, how this glamorously fantastic post took my breath away!!! I’m feeling shimmery gold fabrics this year more than ever before, so of the ten stunners highlighted here, I think I’d be most inclined to pick Shirley Jonses’ gown as my pick to wear to the Oscars (or anywhere super swanky).

    ♥ Jessica

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    Esther's consignment March 3, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Audrey Hepburn was brilliant in that dress… perfectly HER.

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