The Most Iconic Award Show Looks of All Time

4. Bjork at the 2001 Academy Awards

One of the most iconic and controversial red carpet looks of all times was Bjork’s Marjan Pejoski-designed swan dress, which she wore to the 2001 Academy Awards. The dress was built to look like a feathery swan, which draped around her neck and ended with its beak resting on her breast.

Bjork insisted that the bold choice was her idea. She wasn’t anticipating ever being invited back to the Oscars, so she made a fashion choice that no one would forget. This dress was parodied more than any other red carpet look in history, but Bjork has stuck by it, even having copies made so she could wear it on tour.


5. Celine Dion at the 1999 Academy Awards

Although in the last few years, Celine Dion has become a luminary within the fashion world, it wasn’t that long ago when people were criticizing her outfits and making fun of her bold choices.

At the 1999 Academy Awards, Dion stepped out in a slouchy white Galliano suit that she styled backwards, slouchy white pants, and an asymmetrically-brimmed fedora. She topped off her look with diamond-studded Ray-Bans and a casual pony-tail. At the time, Dion saw it as avant-garde, but most critics just called it ridiculous.

6. Lupita Nyong’o at the 2014 Academy Awards

Lupita Nyong’o’s breakout role was in the 2014 film 12 Years a Slave, a gritty drama where she played a slave who was regularly beaten and abused.

Instead of going for a dark and dramatic red carpet look, Nyong’o went in the complete opposite direction and chose a Prada dress that made her look like innocence personified. The long, flowing silk chiffon dress was a gorgeous pale sky blue and made her look like a Grecian goddess. It was complemented with sparkly earrings, and a simple bejeweled hair band.

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