The Most Bridal Oscar Red Carpet Dresses of All Time
We love the Oscars, but we love Oscar dresses more! And by now we all know that walking down the aisle should feel just like walking down the red carpet. It's your moment to shine, all eyes are on you, and the paparazzi (aka your guests) are all clamoring for the best photo. And of course, picking the right dress is of the utmost importance for both occasions.
With Oscar night growing closer, we took a look back at our favorite wedding-worthy Oscar dresses ever to grace the Academy Awards red carpet. From Audrey and Grace to Penelope and Lupita, we've got show-stopping Hollywood glamour to inspire every bride!
Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy, 1954
Was Audrey Hepburn ever not setting trends? Then a young ingenue, Hepburn took home the Best Actress statue for her role in Roman Holiday, and did so in gorgeous bridal style. Hepburn chose an Hubert de Givenchyâ€“designed (naturally) tea-length beige gown embroidered with a floral pattern and accented with a thin belt to showcase her tiny waist. Brides have been inspired ever since.
Grace Kelly in Edith Head, 1955
Everyone has their favorites when it comes to designers, and Grace Kelly's was Edith Head, who was a regular on the actress's red carpet rotation, and later famously designed Princess Grace's wedding dress. To pick up her Best Actress Oscar in 1955 for The Country Girl, Kelly chose a pale blue straight-necked satin column dress by Head. While the color might not scream bride, the style (not to mention the elbow-length gloves) certainly set bridal trends.
Anjelica Huston in Halston, 1975
We'll let Anjelica Huston do the talking about this gorgeous dress she chose to accompany Jack Nicholson to the 1975 Academy Awards: "Well, let's start with my dress: It was Halston, pale beige with pink iridescent sequins, like fish scalesâ€”sort of a mermaid dress. Even though I worked as a Halston model, I had gotten this dress at Neiman Marcus. The awards were on Friday, and [I bought it] on Wednesday," Huston recently shared with Violet Grey.
Gwyneth Paltrow in Calvin Klein, 1996
Another day, another major Gwyneth fashion moment. This time, 90s It couple (and one of the GOATs) Gwynethâ€”who was then virtually unknownâ€”and Brad Pitt made their Oscars debut and our eyes were obviously on Gwyneth's perfect sequined Calvin Klein slip dress. Very apropos for the decade, Gwyneth's silky barely-there pale-pink dress was paired with a matching pashmina, of course.
Gwyneth Paltrow in Ralph Lauren, 1999
So many Gwyneth Paltrow Oscar looks, so little time. While we could call Gwyneth's 2012 caped Tom Ford white gown the most modern wedding dress to hit the Oscars red carpet, the actress's bubblegum-pink Ralph Lauren gown is a classic. The simply tailored dress was perfect inspiration for 1999 brides the world over. And dare we say we spotted this gown's twin on the Amsale runway? See for yourself.
Charlize Theron in Gucci, 2004
She had been part of the Hollywood circuit for a while, but 2004 was Charlize Theron's star-making year. To accept that statue for Best Actress in Monster, Theron chose a golden metallic Gucci gown paired with 1920s inspired finger waves that made her a red carpet maven for the history books.
Angelina Jolie in Marc Bouwer, 2004
Before she was Mrs. Smith, Angelina Jolie turned heads with her vixen-meets-Hollywood style. Clad in a satin Marc Bouwer halter gown (perfectly accessorized with a statement making H.Stern necklace), Jolie was equal parts Greek goddess and glamour queen. No blood vials in sight.
Gisele BĂĽndchen in Christian Dior, 2005
Have bohemian brides ever had a better inspiration photo than Gisele Bundchen with Leonardo DiCaprio (sorry Tom Brady) at the 2005 Oscars? The supermodel's strapless, gold-embroidered Christian Dior gownâ€”that complemented her cascading beach waves and a glowing tanâ€”was the ideal look for a bohemian beach wedding, no flower crown needed.
Reese Witherspoon in 1955 Vintage Christian Dior, 2006
America's favorite southern belle looked every inch the part in a vintage Dior gown from 1955 as she accepted the Best Actress Oscar for her role as June Carter in Walk the Line.
Michelle Williams in Vera Wang, 2006
Michelle Williams made everyone forget about her Dawson's Creek days as she glided onto the Academy Awards red carpet in probably one of our favorite red carpet dresses of all time, a mustard-colored Vera Wang gown. Picture it in white and you have yourself the most perfect 1920s-inspired wedding dress of all time.
Marion Cotillard in Jean Paul Gaultier, 2008
Like Anjelica Huston before her, Marion Cotillard's Jean Paul Gaultier halter gown had a beautiful fish scale finish that made it immensely red carpet (and wedding) worthy. The French actress took home the Best Actress award for her star-making role playing Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose.
Penelope Cruz in Vintage Pierre Balmain, 2009
Penelope Cruz chose a classic Old Hollywood glamour dress to accept her Best Supporting Actress award for Vicky Cristina Barcelona. A strapless neckline and full skirt were accented by beautiful beading in the Spanish actress's vintage Pierre Balmain look.
Mila Kunis in Elie Saab, 2011
Who knew one dress could make you want to wear lilac to your wedding so badly? Mila Kunis turned heads in a gorgeous lace embellished Elie Saab number that had us all rethinking a white wedding.
Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture, 2013
Before she famously fell up the stairs at the 2013 Oscars, Jennifer Lawrence hit the red carpet in a bridal-perfect blush-pink Dior Haute Couture gown. "I just woke up and tried on the dress, and it fit, thank God!" Lawrence told press backstage after winning her first Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook. After the stumble, Lawrence kept her composure and blamed the dress: "Look at this dress! I tried to walk up stairs in this dressâ€”that's what happened."
Lupita Nyong'o in Prada, 2014
Ethereal and exuding innocence, Lupita Nyong'o's head-turning, floating on air, pale-blue Prada gown was the kind to make Oscars history. Lupita emerged as a rising star on the red carpet even before she was announced as Best Supporting Actress for her role in 12 Years a Slave.
Jenna Dewan in Zuhair Murad, 2015
We love seeing Jenna Dewan on the red carpet. For 2015's Oscars she went full-on bridalâ€”a very sexy bride at thatâ€”in a plunging Zuhair Murad column gown. Future brides take note, this is how you do modern bridal right.
Lady Gaga in Brandon Maxwell, 2016
While some of Gaga's early-career red carpet looks might not necessarily be fitting to walk down the aisle in (i.e. the meat dress), her recent award show looks have us hearing wedding bells. This dramatic jumpsuit look is both bridal and red carpet worthy with its dramatic overskirt and train. Styled with minimal jewelryâ€”just her then engagement ringâ€”and natural makeup, the look was the perfect pairing for the aisle and the Oscars.
Karlie Koss in Stella McCartney, 2017
Karlie Kloss was giving 2012 Gwyneth Paltrow's Tom Ford white gown a run for its money with this but caped Oscar look. Kloss modernized the gown with a high neckline and single-shoulder cape. Kloss also donned a blue ribbon pin, which many celebrities wore in support of the American Civil Liberties Union that year. While the supermodel ended up wearing a Dior couture lace gown with long sleeves to her actual wedding to Joshua Kushner in 2018, we would not have faulted her for being an outfit repeater if she rocked this sleek gown down the aisle.
Saoirse Ronan in Calvin Klein, 2018
Pink wedding dresses are totally trending, so it's no surprise Saoirse Ronan's blush red carpet look was a standout for us. This totally modern version of business in the front, party in the back boasted a stunning simple strapless dress at the front, with a dramatic bow and train at the back. Ronan, who was nominated for best actress in a leading role for Lady Bird, was the picture of head-to-toe romanticism down to her matching shoes. â€śThe whole thing was about lightness and light, and more timeless and fun," Ronan's stylist Elizabeth Saltzman told WWD. "There needed to be an element of something special, but it really had to do with it focusing on Saoirse and it being modern, but iconic and timeless.â€ť Modern, iconic, and timeless: What could be more bridal?
Regina King in Oscar de la Renta, 2019
Regina King took home her very first Oscar, for If Beale Street Could Talk, in a stunning Oscar de la Renta gown. Keeping her slit high, accessories minimal, and shoes matching, all eyes were on the glowing star as she accepted the award.