Television actress Sandra White laughs while arriving late at the 1953 Academy Awards.
Since the very first Academy Award ceremony in 1929, the esteemed event has been acclaimed not only for honouring great artists and entertainers but also for the art worn by the world’s most admired celebrities. The thrill of watching all our favourite performers and artists interact in one room on one stage is magical. Award season is one of my favourite times of year for that very reason. It’s a beautiful occurance in which visionaries – of film, fashion, music writing and performance intersect for one glamorous night to celebrate the art of story telling. Over the years, we have watched as these stories, awards and the way we enjoy them have evolved. While putting this post together, I marveled at how awards shows will forever serve as a time capsule of iconic celebrity couplings, vintage fashions and some of the most culturally influential individuals and art to date. With the Golden Globes just passed, we have the 86TH annual Academy Awards to look forward to. It’s always a fun to scope out who’s wearing vintage on the red carpet!
(L) Mary Pickford, Oscars, 1929. (R) Vivien Leigh, Oscars, 1939.
(L) Elizabeth Taylor Presenting Best Costume, Oscars, 1949. (R) Marilyn Monroe, Oscars, 1951.
Audrey Hepburn wearing Givenchy at the 1953 Oscars.
Grace Kelly wearing an Edith Head gown at the 1955 Oscars.
(L) Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly backstage at the Oscars, 1956. (R) Grace Kelly in Helen Rose with publicist Morgan Hudgins, Oscars, 1956.
(L) Elizabeth Taylor and Mike Todd, Oscars, 1957. (R) Sophia Loren and Jayne Mansfield, Golden Globes, 1957.
(L) Marilyn Monroe, Golden Globes, 1962. (R) Elizabeth Taylor in Christian Dior, Oscars, 1961.
(L) Mia Farrow, Golden Globes, 1966. (R) Audrey Hepburn, Oscars, 1967.
(L) Barbara Streisand in Arnold Scassi, Oscars, 1968. (R) Barbara Streisand, Golden Globes, 1969.
Elizabeth Taylor, in an Edith Head dress and Harry Winston Jewels, with Richard Burton, Oscars, 1970.
(L) Raquel Welch and Joe Namath, Oscars, 1971. (R) Raquel Welch and Joe Namath, Oscars, 1972.
(L) Sonny and Cher, Golden Globes, 1973. (R) Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston, Oscars, 1975.
(L) Lauren Hutton in Halston, Oscars, 1975. (R) Farah Fawcett, Golden Globes, 1978.
(L) Diane Keaton, Oscars, 1976. (R) Diane Keaton, Oscars, 1978.
(L) Sally Field, Oscars, 1980. (R) Lauren Hutton in Zoran, Oscars, 1980.
(L) Anjelica Huston, Oscars, 1985. (R) Cher in Bob Mackie, Oscars, 1986.
(L) Julia Roberts, Golden Globes, 1989. (R) Meryl Streep, Golden Globes, 1989.
(L) Demi Moore in Norman Norell with Bruce Willis, Emmys, 1997. (R) Nicole Kidman in Dior with Tom Cruise, Oscars, 1997.
Julia Roberts in a 1982 Valentino Gown, Oscars, 2001.
(L) Jennifer Lopez in Vintage Valentino, Oscars, 2003. (R) Jennifer Aniston in Vintage Valentino, Golden Globes, 2004.
(L) Reese Witherspoon in Vintage Dior, Oscars, 2006. (R) Angelina Jolie in Vintage Hermes with Brad Pitt, SAG Awards, 2008.
(L) Penelope Cruz in Vintage Balmain, Oscars, 2009. (R) Julia Roberts in Vintage Yves Saint Laurent, Golden Globes, 2010.
(L) Marissa Tomei in 1950s Charles James Couture, Oscars, 2011. (R) Natalie Portman in 1954 Dior, Oscars, 2012.