Red carpet retrospective: 55 of the greatest Oscar gowns of all time

In lieu of the Academy Awards taking place this month, we've rifled through the archives to round up the ceremony's most memorable fashion moments

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Should Covid-19 not have wrapped its grip around the world, we would be gearing up for a glitzy end to the year's awards season.

The Golden Globes would have already feted Hollywood's finest, the Baftas would have seen the A-list descend on London on Valentine's Day, and we'd be looking towards the creme de la creme of cinematic ceremonies, the Academy Awards, on February 28.

However, as we are all more than aware, this has been no ordinary year.

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the awards season calendar has been shuffled, refined and rescheduled over several months, with the Golden Globes taking place on Sunday, February 28, followed by the Baftas on Sunday, April 11, culminating in the Oscars on Sunday, April 25.

So, we still have some weeks to go until we can lose ourselves, even just for a few minutes, in golden trophies, tearful acceptance speeches and the dreamiest of gowns.

However, to bring a little sartorial escapism to the week, we've dug back through the fashion archives to pay tribute to some of the most memorable and magical dresses to grace the Oscars red carpet.

From Michelle Williams's canary Vera Wang to Mila Kunis's lilac Elie Saab, Julia Roberts's monochrome Valentino and Gwyneth Paltrow's caped Tom Ford, you'll find plenty of froth, feathers and a full spectrum of hues.

Scroll through the gallery above to see our pick of the 55 best red carpet gowns from Academy Awards past.