How Oscars Glamour has Evolved Over the Years
The Best in Oscars Glamour Over the Past 60 Years
When it comes to Oscars glamour, there are a few leading ladies who come to mind. On the heels of the 90th Annual Academy Awards, we thought we would take a stroll down memory lane to highlight some of the most memorable style and beauty looks. From all white debutante realness, to grunge elegance, we think you will be just as inspired to tune in as we will be. So, without further ado, the awards for best Oscar glamour go to…
Elizabeth Taylor (1954)
Seriously, is any discussion of style and grace complete without Elizabeth Taylor?! In 1954, Miss Taylor sported a wispy pixie cut while attending the 26th Academy Awards with then husband, Michael Wilding. During the 50s, many women departed from more “feminine” ‘dos and opted for haircuts like this instead. We love how the cut framed her face and brought out her fine features; her natural makeup and punchy red lip were perfect to complete this Oscars glamour look.
Audrey Hepburn & Julie Andrews (1965)
Before the lob (long bob), Julie Andrews’ haircut was considered a go-to bob of her day. Pictured alongside Julie was actress and style icon, Audrey Hepburn. Audrey wore an updo and wispy bangs, a style that she made popular during the 60s. Both ladies wore white, shoulder-baring structured dresses and opera gloves that gave all the Oscars glamour they needed that night.
Barbra Streisand (1969)
Although she later regretted wearing this outfit, Barbra Streisand took Oscars glamour to a new level when she wore this sheer number. Of course, this kind of presentation was uncommon for it’s time and that’s what makes it so iconic for us! This look, what could have been completely trashy, was classed up by Barbra’s mod bob and flirty eyes loaded with mascara.
If you thought Barbra’s 1969 look was risque, then you will completely gawk at Cher’s 1988 look. Cher’s look embodied everything that the 80s was all about: big hair, flashy clothing and makeup, grunge, rock star vibes! If we could turn back time, we would be just as excited to see Cher rocking this all black number all over again.
Michael Jackson & Madonna (1991)
When the King and Queen of Pop show up, they show out! Michael Jackson and Madonna took Oscars glamour to a whole other level when they escorted each other to the 63rd Annual Academy Awards. As part of her Bedtime Stories era, Madonna channeled her inner Marilyn Monroe, with blonde pin curled hair and fiery red lips. While Michael was simply Michael – the king of everything.
Céline Dion (1997)
What’s a girl to wear when she knows she’s about to deliver a stellar rendition of “I Finally Found Someone”? Well, look no further than this glitzy silver deep v-cut dress worn by Canadian songstress, Celine Dion. Celine kept her Oscars glamour at an all-time high by wearing her hair pulled back off her face and her makeup minimal. Nothing says glamour more than knowing less is truly more.
Julia Roberts (2001)
Although we’re more likely to see the Pretty Woman actress in pantsuits these days, Julia Roberts was chic in a simple black dress at the 73rd Annual Academy Awards. Two things have remained consistent about America’s sweetheart: her infectious smile and barely there makeup that show off her freckles.
Halle Berry (2002)
In 2002, not only did Halle Berry make history by winning Best Actress, but her Elie Saab gown and bold pixie cut will go down as one of the most iconic looks that has ever hit the Oscars red carpet! There was not one flaw about her look. Her pixie cut spurned a trend so powerful that women still reference it to date; her soft glam makeup kept the attention on her hair and dress; her body was perfect. Once again, there was not one flaw… and this is how you do Oscars glamour.
Hailee Steinfeld (2017)
Halle Berry started the applique evening gown trend at the 2002 Oscars and the girlies are still following it over a decade later! For the 89th Annual Academy Awards, Hailee Steinfeld sported a slicked back updo, lavender smokey eye, and soft pink lips. The look was whimsical and a stark departure from Oscars glamour of the past for sure.