Oscars 2018: The Most Beautiful Red Carpet Dresses And Suits

The 2018 Oscars red carpet was dominated by a trend for all things glistening.

After the black out Time’s Up protests at the Golden Globes and the Baftas, the attendees at the 90th Academy Awards, on Sunday 4 March, were ready to shine in metallics and jewels.

Scroll down to see all the best dressed celebrities shimmering in satin, sequins, diamonds and gold.

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman  ensured she stood out from the very-well-dressed crowd by turning to a tried-and-tested detail - an oversized bow. Kidman’s sharply tailored Armani Prive gown combined a sculpted bodice, with the exaggerated bow detail and a centre split.

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She paired the gown with Christian Louboutin heels, Fred Leighton jewellery, sleek hair and a red lip.

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The gown gave us flashbacks to the 2007 Oscars when Kidman wore a Balenciaga gown featuring a similarly large bow.

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Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong’o gave the Oscars stautette a run for its money in this otherworldly black and gold Versace gown.

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The ‘Black Panther’ actor’s stylist revealed to E! that she was wearing a traditional Rwandan hairstyle with gold woven through.

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Emma Stone

The clash of red and pink in Emma Stone’s Louis Vuitton trouser suit is a visual treat (not to mention it tones with the backdrop).

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Stone continued to mix and match various shades of red and pink in her makeup look too.

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Margot Robbie

Margot Robbie was announced as Chanel ambassador shortly before the ceremony, so it was little surprise when she turned up in a couture gown by the fashion house.

The ‘I, Tonya’ star’s stylist Kate Young told Vogue she wanted the dress to be “the most fancy and luxurious, but also cool. The plastic handbag and embroidery keep it modern.” 

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Daniel Kaluuya

We love the contrast in finishes between Daniel Kaluuya’s bronze velvet Brunello Cucinelli tux jacket with black silk lapels and his patent Tod’s brogues.

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Jennifer Lawrence

 Jennifer Lawrence’s Dior gown is single-handedly making the case for the return of the spaghetti straps. Plus it’s far more practical for climbing over chairs than a strapless number.

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Sally Hawkins

Sally Hawkins may have given the impression her Armani Prive gown was light as a feather as she moved along the red carpet but she told reporters who asked what she was wearing it was “something that weighs a tonne of bricks”.

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Tiffany Haddish

Eritrean-American comedian Tiffany Haddish chose to honour her father by wearing a zuria, a hooded dress worn by women in Eritrea .

“My father is from Eritrea and he passed away last year—and he said one say I would end up here; and if I ever end up at the Oscars to honour my people, so I’m honouring my fellow Eritreans,” she told E!

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Allison Janney

Allison Janney’s Reem Acra gown took this winter’s trend for extra long sleeves and transformed it into these elegant sweeping statement cuffs. The ‘I, Tonya’ star accessorised with Jimmy Choo heels, a Roger Vivier clutch and a Forevermark necklace.

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Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson also worked a statement sleeve in her Vera Wang nearly naked gown, which she paired with Jimmy Choos.

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Rita Moreno

Rita Moreno wore the very same dress she wore to collect her Oscar for ‘West Side Story’ in 1962. Read more about the dress that’s been hanging in her closet for all those years here.

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Octavia Spencer

Octavia Spencer  has a knack for regal dressing and this forest green gown looked fit for a princess.

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Chadwick Boseman

Chadwick Boseman is earning himself a reputation for having an eye for a standout suit. This one is Givenchy Haute Couture.

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Viola Davis

Viola Davis won the award for the most fun fashion statement on the red carpet in this vibrant pink Michael Kors gown. Hands down.

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Laura Dern

The ‘Twin Peaks’ star and original Time’s Up signatory brought some old school glamour to the red carpet in Calvin Klein. Like Kidman she knows how to wear a statement bow.

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Danai Gurira

Danai Gurira’s light-blush Gabriela Heast gown toned beautifully with her white detailing on the left side of her shaved head.

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Gal Gadot

This dress was made for dancing.

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Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock also jumped on the sequins bandwagon in this Louis Vuitton ombré black-and-gold metallic gown.

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Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren offset the simple silhouette of her fishtail gown with a dazzling diamond and sapphire statement necklace and matching earrings.

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Gwyneth Paltrow, 1999.

This iconic pink Ralph Lauren dress is straight out of a fairytale. There’s a reason why it’s often simply referenced to as that pink Oscars dress.

Jennifer Lopez, 2006

Jennifer Lopez is made for marine colours. From her infamous Versace plunge dress to this structured Jean Dresses in 2006. But this warm shade pops more than any other we've seen her in.

Cher, 1986.

Cher’s Bob sequin, velvet and head dress ensemble is the definition of old school extra. And we adore it.

Bjork, 2001.

Marjan Pejoski’s ‘Swan Dress’ is one of the most recognisable award dresses of all time. Bjork donned the dress in 2001 and even mimicked laying an egg on the red carpet. We want to swan around in this dress everywhere and anywhere.

. Lupita Nyong'o, 2014.

If you’re going to win an Oscar, you may as well look like a living Disney princess. Lupita Nyong'o fluttered around in this Prada gown with a matching head band.

Celine Dion, 1999.

Okay, this might not be a dress but how could we not mention this? This white silk backwards tuxedo and headwear is unlike any red carpet ensemble we'd seen before. Who designed it? John Galliano of course. Celine Dion paired it with sunglasses because... why on earth not?

Elizabeth Taylor, 1961.

Why hold a bunch of flowers when you can look like a myriad of flowers? The two-time Oscar Award winner did exactly that in this Dior bouquet dress.

Whoopi Goldberg, 1993.

This technically isn’t a dress, it’s a cornucopia of material and it’s rather fantastic. The clash of colour, print and the jumpsuit - cape - jacket - dress combo have us dying to do a DIY version of this at home. 

Julia Roberts, 2001.

Riding the minimal wave of the late nighties and early noughties, Julia Robert’s Valentino dress is iconic for making monochromatic look anything but flat, through the use of mesh and vertical lines. Valentino always knows what’s up.

Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway, 2013

So this is a two-for-one. On the night where it was win-win for both actresses, Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway both wore beautiful blush coloured dresses. Lawrence went for a Dior gown with trail whereas Hathaway went for a more modern silk Prada choice.

Hallie Berry, 2002.

This Elie Saab dress shouldn’t work: it’s sheer with florals and an oxblood twist which falls on Halle Berry’s hips. But somehow it is magnificent. Is it the power of the dress or Berry herself? There’s no point in asking: it just works.

Audrey Hepburn, 1954.

This Oscars dress has inspired the cut and fabric of countless dresses in the decades since Hepburn wore it to the Academy Awards. Made by the young designer Hubert De Givenchy, who went on to found the house of Givenchy. Hepburn continued to wear his dresses for the next seven films she made. Relationship goals.

Beyoncé in 2007.

The halter strap, the mid drift wrap detail, slip and sequins in this Elie Saab number all work together to fit Beyoncé like a glove. Yes, yes, yes.

Cindy Crawford, 1991.

The plunge neck and pop of colour with a tiny bag may have been worn by Cindy Crawford in 1991 but it would still look fitting now - Timeless inspo from the supermodel era.

Alicia Vikander, 2016.

It takes quite a dress to convince us that the colour of a custard pudding is one we should consider wearing, but this Louis Vuitton gown does just that.

Angelina Jolie, 2012.

The dress that sparked a thousand dreams. Who could forget the Angelina Jolie pose? However, what we should really remember is this Atelier Versace velvet gown tied into a bow. It’s simple, effective, and we can imagine Versace remaking this in 2028.

Madonna, 1999.

Is that Marilyn Monroe or Madonna? The performer outshone anyone else on the dance floor in this Bob Mackie dress and fur stole. Top tip: if you want to translate this look at home but for more casual settings: wear your most dramatic jewellery over long sleeved tops for a feminine feel.

Amy Adams, 2013.

Oscar De La Renta likes to create fantasy and drama in his dresses and this gown worn by Amy Adams is what dreams are made of. More is more, and is definitely more.

Nicole Kidman, 1997.

Nicole Kidman in Christian Dior makes us want to wear embroidered satin gowns everywhere. From the earrings to the wine red lips, it all comes together seamlessly.

Zoe Saldana, 2010.

Purple ombre. Glitter. Train. There's so many fun aspects of this dress, we wonder why a gown like hadn't been worn before the 2010 Academy Awards. Zoe Saldana = top marks.

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