The Oscars Rainbow: How a Different Color Dominates Every Year

It's like fashion magic (or just, you know, a trend): Every Oscars, one color appears again and again on star after star.

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It's like fashion magic (or just, you know, a trend): Every Oscars, one color appears again and again on star after star. Here, a study of those colors, from 1995 (beige) to 2015 (peach) and the whole rainbow in between.

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Joan Rivers (God rest her soul) probably wouldn't have been too pleased to keep company with AmEx dress lady, but that's what she gets for wearing a champagne-colored dress on a champagne-colored year.

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Here we have a denim-hued slew of Madonna, pregnant Lisa Rinna, Helen Hunt, and Sigourney Weaver. Chill.

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It was the best of times for Halle and Kate, it was the weirdest of times for Cameron Diaz and Mrs. Sting.

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Behold: the advent of modern red-carpet dressing, which is synonymous with silvery, shimmery mermaid gowns.

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Kind of surprised blues haven't been more popular.

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From left to right: Champagne, grout, old newspaper edge, Swiss buttercream.

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What is the difference from last year, really? Answer: a tinge of pink and purple. Still dusty, though.

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Now *this* is what we like to see.

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And back we go to beige/oyster/ochre.

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Love a big dress. Love *purple* more.

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If only Penelope had touched Sandy's butt IRL, and that had set off a conga line of butt-touching. Scarlet Versace and Valentino tend to make you want to do that.

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More shades of white than a Benjamin Moore.

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Eloise creator Kay Thompson might as well have been the spiritual stylist for that night's ceremony, which included candy pink, rose, and poorly placed darts.

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They obviously got the famous no matte black memo, even though that—together with embellishment and one huge precious gem—was ultimately the color of the night.

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A happy, pretty year in which even Jennifer Aniston, who's never met a black slip dress she didn't like, experimented with the palest peach.

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We had a few purples and a handful of yellows (take your own tally here), but blue ended up winning the night.

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