The Oscars have forever been the fashion Olympics for Hollywood's brightest stars. Style chameleons like Cate Blanchett and Nicole Kidman regularly steal the show, while risky contenders like Björk still live in our hearts (and memes). Ahead, the most iconic red carpet looks in Academy Awards history that despite the push for #AskHerMore make us actually crave the answer to "Who are you wearing?"
The queen (princess?) of red carpet elegance, Grace Kelly wearing this mint-green spaghetti strap number is everything.
The definition of classic beauty is Audrey Hepburn wearing this modern lace-up dress with strategic cutouts (mostly because we're still dying to wear it today).
When Natalie Wood stole the show in a sparkly dress, big earrings, a giant hair bow, and perfect *double* cat-eye wings.
Not one to wear anything close to traditional, here's Babs wearing a sparkly pantsuit sealed with a bow (and the perfect rounded bob to match).
Elizabeth Taylor wears a plunging custom violet chiffon dress designed by Edith Head to showcase a pear-shaped diamond from her husband Richard Burton.
Goldie Hawn matches her florals with a "flower child"-style spaghetti strap dress and a darling updo.
Cher shows off her toned abs in a sequined belly dancer get-up that led the way for midriff-baring stars like Britney Spears.
This is how you have fun on the red carpet, as demonstrated by Lauren Hutton wearing a rainbow dress topped with a fur chubby jacket.
Making a case for the one-shouldered trend to come, Jacqueline Bisset wore this non-traditional striped gown with a high neck.
In which Diana Ross brought the glam factor with a red sparkly key-hole dress and a larger-than-life white boa.
A look that was one-of-a-kind (because, c'mon, it's Cher) and groundbreaking for its time, it has rarely repeated itself on the Oscars red carpet (but see the Grammys red carpet for the many ways her bravado has influenced modern over-the-top fashion).
Looking like a golden statuette, Geena Davis wears a beautiful off-the-shoulder golden brocade gown.
The ultimate Kim Kardashian move: show up at the Oscars (not nominated) and steal all the attention. (This might be the most va-va-voom Oscars dress in history, for what it's worth).
Color at the Oscars often speaks for itself, and this bright pink gown (paired with an equally vibrant red wrap) spoke *volumes*, channeling old-school glamour.
At Salma Hayek's first Oscars, she appeared wearing a super-shimmery Armani gown and a tiara (the best way to make a first impression, no?).
Courtney Love looks boudoir-elegant (and decidedly un-grunge-y) in this silky '90s slip dress from Versace.
Considered one of the most influential red carpet gowns in fashion history, Nicole Kidman's silk chartreuse gown by newly minted Dior designer John Galliano helped to put him on the map and is considered the first true "couture" gown on the red carpet.
Not about to show up to the Oscars in a boring floor-length gown, Celine Dion showed up in this backwards tuxedo from Christian Dior instead (with the matching white fedora to match).
1999 was the year Gwyneth made pastel pink her domain in this Ralph Lauren gown (she's worn the color numerous times since). She nabbed the Best Actress Award for Shakespeare in Love in it, too, so consider it lucky.
Renée Zellweger making lemon meringue look divine in a vintage chiffon dress by Jean Dessès.
Our favorite all-American sweetheart looked flawless in this vintage Valentino work of art from 1982, where she took home a win for her portrayal of Erin Brockovich.
Several years later, the Icelandic singer is now infamous for this swan dress designed by Marjan Pejoski.
One of our favorite Oscar looks of all time, Berry oozed elegance in this embroidered burgundy Elie Saab dress with a satin train and her signature pixie cut. That night, she was the first black woman to take home a best actress award for Monster's Ball.
It feels like J.Lo was born knowing how to nail an entrance. Case in point: this mint green one-sleeve, asymmetrical cape dress that made her skin look radiant (just one of many red carpet knockouts).
This sleek crystal Gucci gown with a backless cut, draping train, and '40s pin curls looked beyond stunning on the South African beauty, who nabbed the Best Actress award for her role in Monster that year.
The Kill Bill actress broke the mold in this Christian Lacroix gown with a silk-wrap waist and cropped sleeves.
Eternal style chameleon Cate Blanchett took home an award for her role as Katherine Hepburn in The Aviator this year, but her accolades started earlier in the evening when she appeared in this yellow taffeta one-shoulder Valentino gown that's still considered one of the best Oscars gowns in history.
The Oscar winner for Million Dollar Baby stole the show in this conservative, yet daring, navy Guy Laroche gown with a super low back.
Cementing her status as a red carpet icon, Williams paired a bright red lip and soft up-do with this lovely mustard Vera Wang gown.
The actress topped 2006 best-dressed lists in an aubergine taffeta gown, custom-made by Vera Wang.