Where Are They Now? The Oscars Gown Edition
LUPITA NYONG'O'S PRADA, 2014
Not only did she win the Oscar, but she got to keep the dress too. The custom-made design was a gift to the actress. “It was a special collaboration,” her stylist, Micaela Erlanger, said.
JESSICA CHASTAIN'S ALEXANDER MCQUEEN (2012) & ARMANI PRIVé (2013)
Most people use their storage units for old furniture. Jessica, however, has one for her Oscar gowns. “I’ve been very lucky that if a designer has made a dress especially for me that they let me keep it,” Chastain said. “My storage unit is getting very big.”
GWYNETH PALTROW'S RALPH LAUREN, 1999
The star also has her gown tucked away in storage. “I just wanted to look very sweet,” she once said of her pink princess gown moment.
JULIA ROBERTS'S VALENTINO, 2001
Her vintage design is under her bed in a box, “waiting for my daughter to wear it,” the actress said.
CATE BLANCHETT'S JOHN GALLIANO, 1999
Known for its incredible rear view, the Oscar winner’s gown was auctioned for charity, then donated to Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.
BARBRA STREISAND'S ARNOLD SCAASI, 1969
Streisand may have tied for Best Actress with Katharine Hepburn that year, but no one could compete with her sheer, sequin pantsuit, which is also on display at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. (We think should bring back the look for the 2016 Grammys.)
ELIZABETH TAYLOR'S PLUNGING PERIWINKLE STUNNER, 1970
Mattel (the toy manufacturing company) reportedly paid $167,500 at a charity auction for the actress’s low-cut design, which she wore to announce Midnight Cowboy as Best Picture.
SHARON STONE'S VALENTINO + ARMANI + GAP (!) ENSEMBLE, 1996
Forget about a stylist. Stone (who was nominated for her role in Casino) just pulled together a look from her closet – a Valentino taffeta skirt, Armani velvet coat and black Gap turtleneck. And Mattel also bought it, but for way less than Taylor’s, at $9,775.
KEIRA KNIGHTLEY'S VERA WANG, 2006
The star donated her statement one-shoulder gown to an Oxfam auction soon after she wore it on the red carpet to celebrate her Best Actress-nominated role in Pride and Prejudice. It reportedly raised close to $5,000 for charity.