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.
Oscars Night Throwback to 2001. This swan dress that Bjork wore to the red carpet at the 73rd Academy Awards lit the spark that started conversations about what would later turn out to be one of her best albums, "Vespertine". My full ranking of all of her major albums is now out. pic.twitter.com/s2apqZxYjt
— Omar Mickelson (@OmarMickelson) March 5, 2018
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.
Celine Dion at the Oscars in 1999
Was she really mom all along? pic.twitter.com/gl5EajXUFj
— Lydia Ogwang (@lydiaohh) July 25, 2017
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.