Top 10 most iconic fashion moments for women on recent Oscars red carpets

Halle Berry, Julia Roberts, and Jennifer Lopez all made the cut.

ByRoshumba Williams OTRC logo
Saturday, February 24, 2024
Top 10 iconic fashion moments for women on recent Oscars red carpets
Ahead of the 2022 Oscars, fashion expert Roshumba Williams breaks down her picks for the top 10 best-dressed women on Hollywood's biggest night.

LOS ANGELES -- The red carpet inspires us to escape into a fashion fantasy world, and the most famous of them all is the Oscars.

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In anticipation of the Academy Awards' glitz and glam, supermodel and fashion expert Roshumba Williams breaks down her picks for the top 10 best-dressed women in recent years.

10. Nicole Kidman, 2018

Nicole Kidman arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
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Kidman, this year's "Being the Ricardos" best actress nominee, stunned in this Dior masterpiece at the 90th Academy Awards. The custom color, engineering, couture techniques and balance of the front bow are impeccable.

9. Janelle Monae, 2020

Janelle Monae attends the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on Feb. 09, 2020, in Hollywood, California.
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This singer and actress stole the spotlight in 2020 when she walked the red carpet in this shimmery Ralph Lauren gown, complete with an open back and dramatic draped hood. All of that shine comes courtesy of 168,000 Swarovski crystals. Their placement required more than 600 hours of expert hand-embroidery!

8. Gemma Chan, 2019

Gemma Chan attends the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on Feb. 24, 2019, in Hollywood, California.
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Big voluminous gowns always make an impact on the carpets, and Gemma Chan's 2019 look was no exception. The actress showed off her incredible sense of style in a hot pink Valentino parachute gown.

7. Zendaya, 2021

Zendaya arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Union Station in Los Angeles.
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Zendaya stands out on every red carpet she walks, and the 2021 Oscars red carpet was no different. Her young and fresh look was complete with a yellow cutout Valentino gown and strands of Bulgari diamonds.

6. Gwyneth Paltrow, 2012

Gwyneth Paltrow arrives before the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles.
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There was no es-"cape"-ing Gwyneth Paltrow's standout look in 2012. This white Tom Ford column dress with a cape landed on many of that award's season's best-dressed lists.

5. Charlize Theron, 2020

Charlize Theron arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
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When Charlize Theron steps onto a red carpet, heads turn. And they did just that in 2020. The Oscar-winning actress arrived in this classic black Dior gown with a peplum hem and that thigh-high slit.

4. Jennifer Lopez, 2015

Jennifer Lopez arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
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J. Lo was simply breathtaking in a plunging, blush, tulle and silk organza Elie Saab ball gown enhanced with sequins and pearls in 2015.

3. Lupita Nyong'o, 2014

Lupita Nyong'o arrives at the Oscars in Los Angeles on March 2, 2014.
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The lovely Lupita Nyong'o pulled off a life-changing Oscar win for her "12 Years a Slave" performance in sky-blue Prada. It's both timeless and memorable!

2. Julia Roberts, 2001

Actress Julia Roberts poses with her best actress Oscar for the film "Erin Brockovich" at the 73rd annual Academy Awards, March 25, 2001 in Los Angeles.
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The "Erin Brockovich" actress exuded classic Hollywood glamour when she won her best acting Oscar in 2001. She donned a black vintage Valentino gown with white piping and Van Cleef & Arpels diamonds.

1. Halle Berry, 2002

Halle Berry arrives at the 74th annual Academy Awards on March 24, 2002.
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Red carpet royalty Halle Berry made history at the 74th Academy Awards in this provocative sheer mesh embroidered Elie Saab dress with an elegant train.

March 10 is Oscar Sunday! Watch the 2024 Oscars live on ABC.

Red carpet coverage starts at 1 p.m. ET 10 a.m. PT with "Countdown to Oscars: On The Red Carpet Live." At 4 p.m. ET 1 p.m. PT, live coverage continues with "On The Red Carpet at the Oscars," hosted by George Pennacchio with Roshumba Williams, Leslie Lopez and Rachel Brown.

Watch all the action on the red carpet live on ABC, streaming live on and on the On the Red Carpet Facebook and YouTube pages.

The 96th Oscars, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, begins at 7 p.m. ET 4 p.m. PT, an hour earlier than past years.

The Oscars are followed by an all-new episode of "Abbott Elementary."