Fashion is forever
Forget the winners of this year's Oscars. What really gets us all talking is who is wearing what on the red carpet! But today's stars have some hard acts to follow on the fashion front... (Pictures © REX, Alamy, Getty Images)
Grace Kelly, 1955
Take the unforgettable Grace Kelly. She dazzled in a stunning ice-blue satin gown at the Awards in 1955, as well as picking up her statuette for Best Actress in The Country Girl. She had already worn this dress to the film's premiere, and would wear the Edith Head creation a third time, for a Life magazine cover shoot.
Elizabeth Taylor, 1961
Just a few years later Elizabeth Taylor took centre stage with a very different style. She arrived to collect her Oscar for Butterfield 8 in a sleeveless yellow and white ballgown with intricate embroidery by Christian Dior; a label as timeless as herself.
Barbra Streisand, 1969
Barbra Streisand, however, took the opportunity to shine in yet another way - with a quirky blouse and flared trousers that nicely offset her Sixties haricut...
Jodie Foster, 1989
...and a young Jodie Foster wore a waterfall-style dress that she found while shopping in Rome! Talk about controversial - a modern-day entourage of stylists would never let such a famous actress pick her own red-carpet number while indulging in a moment of retail therapy.
Gwynneth Paltrow, 1999
Reactions to Gwynneth Paltrow's Ralph Lauren ballgown were mixed, when she won Best Actress for her performance in Shakespeare in Love, in 1999. She made her speech through tears of happiness and afterwards said of the spaghetti-strapped ballgown, "I just wanted to look very sweet."
Helen Mirren, 2007
So who takes our Oscar fashion queen title? It has to be Grace Kelly. Though we must admit that this figure-hugging Christian Lacroix gown, with its beautiful beadwork and lace, meant Helen Mirren was our closest contender.