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Take a look back at what some of our favourite stars wore to their FIRST ever Oscars – some are hardly recognisable! | THE SUN

Take a look back at what some of our favourite stars wore to their FIRST ever Oscars – some are hardly recognisable! | THE SUN

Words Catherine McMaster

LET’S take a trip down memory lane and indulge in a bit of Hollywood nostalgia.

Tonight, the Oscars red carpet is being rolled out for Tinseltown’s best to strut down.

It’s the 90th Academy Awards and one of the biggest events of the film industry’s season.

And there’s one guilty reason most of us have for tuning in – those dresses.

We can’t wait to see who will wear what, who looks awful or unrecognisable and who’s nailing it in the fashion stakes.

The Oscars are as much about the dresses as the films.

Remember Björk’s rather strange swan creation from 2000? And the Golden Amex Dress from 1995? We bet you can remember the frock but fail to recall who wore it

There’s been some very memorable frock-ups over the years (take a bow, Bjork) and some outfits are more famous than the person wearing them (looking at you in the American Express Gold card dress, Lizzy Gardiner).

Yet, with this year’s Oscars so nearly underway it’s got us reminiscing: what did the big A-listers wear to their very first ceremony?

For Angelina Jolie, it was an all-black Morticia Adams-like number in 2000.

Gwyneth Paltrow went the exact opposite and preferred a sickly-sweet Ralph Lauren gown for her debut in 1999.

Gwyneth Paltrow at her first Academy Award’s ceremony in 1999. Lupita Nyong’o made her debut in 2014 and won Best Supporting Actress for her role in 12 Years a Slave

More recently, Lupita Nyong’o channelled pastels in Prada for her first-time Oscar ceremony in 2014.

These are some of our all-time favourite Oscar firsts from the archives. You’ll be surprised how some actresses haven’t even changed (Meryl Streep, you goddess), while others are nearly unrecognisable…

Jodie Foster 1977

A very young Jodie Forster is almost unrecognisable in 1977. She attended her first red carpet at the tender age of 13
The then 13-year-old Jodie Foster rocked up to the 1977 Oscars wearing a floral Little House On The Prairie dress.
It was also the year when the actress was nominated for her first Oscar for her role in Taxi Driver.

Meryl Streep 1979

The renowned actress pictured here at her first Oscars ceremony in 1979
Meryl Streep looks utterly stunning in this shot from her first Oscars in 1979.
The acting legend attended her first Academy Award ceremony with a nomination for her role in Deer Hunter.
She didn’t win on the night, but she did win an Oscar a year later.
Yet this night would be the first of many, many nominations (21 to be exact).

Drew Barrymore 1983

Drew Barrymore looking adorable in 1983. You’ve got to love the hot pink tiered frill and white fur stole

Drew? Is that you?

Yes, that’s right: believe it or not this too-cute-for-words tot is in fact Drew Barrymore.

She’s pictured here at her first Academy Awards ceremony in 1983.

Angelina Jolie 1986

An eleven-year-old Angelina Jolie steals the spotlight from her father Jon Voight

She may only be 11 years old here, but there’s no mistaking those pouty lips and big green eyes.

Angelina Jolie stole the spotlight from her father Jon Voight on the night.

Despite looking like she’s been tangled up in a bunch of bedsheets, kudos to Ange for possibly being the only child who could rock gigantic chiffon shoulder pads and pearls.

Julia Roberts 1990

Julia Roberts sets the fashion mood for tonal dressing, matching her dress with her shoes and even to her hair

The star was invited to the Academy Awards for her role in the 1990 film Steel Magnolias.

Here, she channelled the braless slip dress look before anyone else.

Also, you’ve got to applaud her tonal dressing – the hair, dress and shoes all match.

Nicole Kidman 1991

We applaud Nicole Kidman for her tremendous choice of date (Tom Cruise was the hottest young actor around at the time) but this 80s outfit is doing nothing for her

It was in 1991 that Nicole Kidman first graced the red carpet after a star turn in Days of Thunder with the Cruiser.

Despite her style agenda being very much stuck in the 80s (a velour mini dress and black tights!!) she won extra points for her choice of date.

Tom Cruise was then the most sought-after actor in town – and the pair had married just two months before the Awards.

Kate Winslet 1996

Kate the Great looking very, very fresh-faced and innocent at her first awards ceremony. Loving the contrasting pink tones on her! Shame we haven’t seen them since…

A very fresh-faced Kate Winslet turned up to the 1996 Academy Awards ceremony wearing a saccharine pink dress.

She was then a nominee for the Best Supporting Actress award for her role in Sense and Sensibility.

It’s nice to see that while her style may have changed (we haven’t seen the actress in pink since) her rosy English complexion has not.

Jennifer Lopez 1997

Jennifer Lopez wearing a classic beaded number with some very tight curls

Jennifer Lopez was certainly not sporting a Jenny from the Block look back in 1997.

The singer turned actress was wearing a beaded and lacy short-sleeved Badgley Mischka dress.

She complemented the look with some very tight curls and looked polished to perfection. Queen.

Cate Blanchett 1999

Cate’s never been one to embrace conventional frocks. Here she is at her first Oscars wearing a Galliano gown with butterflies

Pictured here in 1999, the Australian actress wore a very sheer John Galliano gown with butterflies on the back.

It was her first Academy Awards ceremony and she had been nominated for her role as Queen Elizabeth I in Elizabeth.

Cate’s never played it safe in the style stakes and we applaud her individuality.

Charlize Theron 2000

Fashion’s unanimous verdict with this Vera Wang dress was: sexy, chic and so very, very flattering

At the 72nd Academy Awards, Charlize Theron looked sexy and chic in a tangerine Vera Wang gown.

Her fashion, just like her cinematic roles, have been both daring and unforgettable.

Reese Witherspoon 2002

Reese Witherspoon wears Valentino for her first Oscars outing in 2002

Reese is certainly projecting her southern girl charm in this photo from the 2002 Oscars.

It was her first time at the Awards and she was pictured wearing a Valentino beaded gown.

She certainly stole the spotlight on the night.

Keira Knightley 2006

Kudos to Keira Knightley, who else could pull off a burgundy gown with eye shadow to match?

Keira definitely showcased her silhouette in this custom-made burgundy one-shoulder Vera Wang gown.

The mermaid tail style certainly started a trend of copycat gowns.

Kudos to Keira for matching her eyeshadow to her dress. Not many of us could have pulled that one off.

Jennifer Lawrence 2011

Woa! This was Jennifer Lawrence’s first red carpet outing and she chose Calvin Klein for the occasion

When Jennifer turned up at the 2011 Oscars wearing a perfectly fitting Calvin Klein dress she was a little-known star.

How much has changed in seven years.

She’s become synonymous with every best dressed list out there, and it all started with this fiery red number.

This article first appeared on The Sun on 4/3/2018. Read it here: https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/5716165/awfully-memorable-oscar-gowns/#comments 

Catherine McMaster
Editor | Writer | Content Producer Editor - Sunseeker Magazine Editor - Gaggenau Magazine Editor - Unique Magazine Contributing Editor - THE SUN | NEWS UK

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