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I adore this illustration and would happily have it as a giant framed picture on my wall.

My favourite dresses are:

Frances McDormond – Richard Tyler

Nicole Kidman – Jean Paul Gaultier

Charlize Theron – Gucci

Natalie Portman – Rodarte

I think those dresses are all so classic and would create a beautifully feminine silhouette.

I find it rather cool that Katherine Hepburn didn’t turn up to collect her award from The Academy four times!

If you could choose one of these red carpet dresses, which would you wear?

11 responses to “History of Best Actress Oscar Dresses”

  1. whatwewear Avatar

    what an amazing picture!! we would definitely hang this up too!!
    xoxo Vera & Rony


    1. manchesterflickchick Avatar

      I let The Bloke know and he was chuffed and said “Oh, thank you!”


  2. Niranjana Avatar

    Amazing! 🙂 Très chic!

    Honestly, I can’t choose my favourite dress, there are so many I love! Though the top four would probably be:

    Vivian Leigh, Susan Sarandon, Hilary Swank (2000) and Jennifer Lawrence.

    Natalie Portman’s dress is beautiful, too. 🙂


    1. manchesterflickchick Avatar

      The Hillary Swank one is so grand, it is stunning.


      1. Niranjana Avatar

        Very true. 😀

        I like to stick to classic, feminine looks that give an air of elegance to the person wearing the dress. 🙂

        I guess I’ve a bit of fairy-tale style too, because I simply love gowns that look all princess-y.


      2. manchesterflickchick Avatar

        I was actually going to say that as it reminded me of Bell’s dress in Beauty and the Beast :0)


  3. Wife After Death Avatar

    1938 – Luise Rainer. Great poster, thanks for sharing.


    1. manchesterflickchick Avatar

      Ooh that one is so glamourous!


  4. Kajsa Josephine Avatar

    I love Katharine Hepburn, such a smart and beautiful women of her time. I´ve learned a great deal of lessons from her! She was truly magnificent in “The African Queen.”


    1. manchesterflickchick Avatar

      I only know her from Whatever Happened To Baby Jane. I’ve read some quotes and she sounded like she had such a dry and astute sense of wit. I’ll read more about her a watch The African Queen – thanks!


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