Best Oscar Dresses of Best Actress Winners

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Grace Kelly attends the Oscar Awards.

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Grace Kelly attends the Oscar Awards.

Which best actress winners had the best Oscar dresses? The ladies on this list didn't need the perfect accessory (a little gold man) to wow with their red carpet looks. Here's a look back at some of the best Oscar fashions over the years and the best actress winners that wore them:

Audrey Hepburn

In 1953 Audrey Hepburn won a best actress Oscar for playing a princess in the movie "Roman Holiday", and of course the American icon looked like a princess on the red carpet wearing a boat neck dress by Hubert de Givenchy featuring an exquisite floral pattern, an A-line skirt, and a slender belt that accentuated her super-slender waist.

Grace Kelly

This real-life princess looked like anything but a country girl when she accepted her best actress Oscar for "The Country Girl" in 1955. Her cool light blue gown designed by renowned Hollywood costume designer Edith Head was rather basic, but when it comes to a beauty like Grace, little embellishment is needed.

Joanne Woodward

In 1958 "The Three Faces of Eve" actress Joanne Woodward rocked the fashion world by attending the Oscars in a stunning shimmery green dress with floral details and a full gown. So what was so spectacular about her gown? It was a homemade dress that cost the actress a whopping $100. However, the best actress winner did have a priceless accessory in handsome husband Paul Newman.


It's safe to say some members of the fashion police aren't fans of Cher's most notorious Oscar outfits, but the actress struck Oscar gold with "Moonstruck" and managed to don one of the most unforgettable Oscar looks of all time with her barely-there, beaded Bob Mackie creation in 1988. She may have looked a bit like a harem girl, but she had the body to pull it off. Plus it is nice to see something daring and surprising on the red carpet every now and then.

Halle Berry

In 2002 Halle Berry became the first African-American actress to win best actress at the Oscars, and her moment was made even more memorable by another of the most daring Oscar dresses of all time. Her Elie Saab gown featured a see-through mesh top with strategically-placed embroidered flowers, a low asymmetrical waistline, and shimmery burgundy skirt. However, Berry's best accessory was her perfect hourglass figure.

Hilary Swank

"Million Dollar Baby" got back! Hilary Swank had to get in tip-top shape to portray a female boxer in her Oscar-winning role, so it's no surprise that she wanted to show off some of her hard work. Her midnight blue Guy Laroche dress from 2005 might have looked simple in the front, but the unbelievably low-cut back was simply breathtaking.

Helen Mirren

After getting all prim and proper for "The Queen," Helen Mirren seemed ready to glitz things up a bit at the 2007 Oscars. However, she still looked rather regal in an off-white Christian Lacroix gown with a plunging neckline, form-fitting top with sliver details, and a flowing skirt with golden floral designs (the dress matched her best actress Oscar perfectly). As one of Hollywood's golden girls, Helen is proof that women can look sexy at any age.

Marion Cotillard

This French actress looked like a sexy siren of the sea in a white Jean Paul Gaultier gown covered in silver-edged scales at the 2007 Oscars, where she won in the best actress category for portraying singer Edith Piaf in "La Vie en Rose."

So from the sexy to the elegant and even the thrifty, the best Oscar fashions of the best actress winners over the years are an interesting mix of different looks that have made the red carpet just as fun to watch as the awards show itself.

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