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Everything You've Wondered About Fashion and the Oscars®

Chances are our favorite celebs have already selected what they will be wearing for the 86th Academy Awards. The event will be broadcast live on ABC at 8:30 p.m. EST / 5:30 p.m. PST. I wondered: When it comes to fashion and the Oscars®, are there any rules or policies? What have been some of the greatest Oscar fashion moments?

Can You Wear Blue Jeans to the Oscars®?

Oscar Fashion: Blue Jeans at the Oscars
Yup. Larry McMurtry wore jeans when he attended and won an Oscar® for Best Screen Adaptation of Brokeback Mountain. E online reports “he made his speech clad in a dinner jacket, tie, jeans, and boots.”

Image Credit: The Oscar Guru YouTube

Has Anyone Ever Worn Plaid to the Oscars®?

Oscar Fashion Questions
He wasn’t the first, and he wasn’t the only, but Mel Gibson was very pleased to wear plaid in 1996 when he was nominated and won for Braveheart. More recently, many people connected to the movie Brave donned tartan to the Oscars®. Mark Andrews took to the stage in a fantastic kilt when he won the Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature Film. (The red carpet image is from the movie’s premiere.)

Image Credit: Oscars YouTube, PCN, Cal Arts

Has Anyone Worn Ever the Same Dress More Than Once on the Red Carpet?

Oscar Fashion QuestionsI’m willing to bet many men in the industry have an “award show tux” that they use on repeat, but the women have a harder time getting away with a recycled dress. That being said, if I go to the Oscars® in a fancy dress I will then wear that dress all day, every day, because FASHION!

An honorable mention on this question goes to Keira Knightley. She wore the same dress to three events and one of those events WAS HER WEDDING! Love it.

Image Credit: PCN

Has Anyone Ever Worn the Same Dress as Someone Else at the Oscars®?

Oscar Fashion Questions: Have Any Stars Worn the Same Dress?
In 2010 J-Lo and Amanda Seyfried wore dresses by the same designer sparking many to ask if it was also the same dress. The stars both wore dresses from the Armani Privé Spring 2010 collection.

Us Weekly reported at the 2013 Oscars®, Amanda and Anne Hathaway almost wore the same dress. Anne supposedly found out during rehearsals and did a quick gown swap out. Anne even released a statement about the swap, “It came to my attention late Saturday night that there would be a dress worn to the Oscars® that is remarkably similar to the Valentino I had intended to wear, and so I decided it was best for all involved to change my plans.”

Image Credit: PR Photos

What Is the Most Talked About Oscar® Fashion Moment?

Oscar Fashion
When people reference outlandish Oscar® fashion moments, they usually land on one of these three celebrities: Cher (any year, but specifically 1986), Bjork’s 2001 Swan dress designed by Marjan Pejoski, and Sacha Baron Cohen as Borat at the 2012 ceremony.

Image Credits: The Academy’s Instagram Cher, Bjork, Borat

What Was Your Favorite Oscar® Fashion Spotlight?

Fashion and the Oscars Questions: Best Moment
The Red Ribbons worn by celebrities during the 1994 ceremony were an amazing moment for fashion and the Oscars®. (And how adorable were Elijah Wood and Leo DiCaprio?)

The Red Ribbon project was established in 1991, and it took a few years to get it to Hollywood. Once it did, celebrities were incredibly visible about wearing them to events and starting and continuing conversations about HIV and AIDS.

Image: The Academy Instagram, VivaYourMom YouTube, Oscars YouTube

Has Anyone Ever Gone Thrifty with Their Oscar® Dress?

Winona Ryder recently shared with U.K.’s Red, “Most of my wardrobe is vintage, and I’ve worn dresses to the Oscars that I got for $10.” I love this! I’d like to think if I was ever nominated for an Oscar® that I would go vintage and the idea of spending so little is extra incentive to go retro glam.

Has Anyone Ever Created a List of ALL the Red Carpet Fashion?

Fashion and the Oscars Questions
The New York Times is working on it! They created the Red Carpet Project and have archived Oscar® fashion (in a super cool interactive way) from 1995 to 2013. You can sort through nearly 600 dresses by style of dress, color, designer, celebrity, and year. It is true bliss for those looking for organized fashion and trend spotting.

Image Credit: Screen Grab from NY Times

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