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15 iconic Oscars ® dresses and their sustainable fashion dupes

We’re looking back on some of The Oscars ® most iconic gowns and we’re sharing our favourite dupes!
March 11, 2023 12:27 p.m. EST
March 11, 2023 12:27 p.m. EST

It’s almost time to roll out the red carpet for the 95th Academy Awards. With Hollywood’s biggest night around the corner, we’re looking back on some of The Oscars ® most iconic gowns and we’re sharing our favourite dupes!

Zendaya was a ray of sunshine in Valentino Haute Couture (2021). Her vibrant look was inspired by Cher who wore a similar yellow dress on the Sonny and Cher Show in the 70s. Oh, and this cut-out gown glows in the dark!

Dupe: Danica Tie-Front Midi Dress; $100 at The Fitzroy

Lady in red Amanda Seyfried nailed old Hollywood glamour in this strapless Giorgio Armani Privé (2021), with a retro updo to compliment her dramatic tulle ball gown.

Dupe: Barcelona Gown in Red; $125 at The Fitzroy

Regina King ‘blue’ everyone away in Louis Vuitton (2021). A bold yet beautiful silhouette made with thousands of sequins and Swarovski crystals that took over 140 hours to make!

Dupe: Blue Lagoon Gown; $110 at The Fitzroy

Janelle Monáe rocked the red carpet in one-of-a-kind Ralph Lauren (2020). In head-to-toe silver sequin this super glam, almost cosmic ensemble takes hoodies to a whole new level. 

Dupe: Maggie Sequin Dress; $100 at The Fitzroy

Gemma Chan made a statement in Valentino Haute Couture (2019). It’s voluminous, hot pink and has pockets! Need we say more? 

Dupe: Orchid Mini Dress; $110 at The Fitzroy

Billy Porter in Christian Siriano (2019) was all tuxedo on the top and ball gown on the bottom. A true iconic fashion moment in Oscar history. 

Dupe: Black Sequin and Velvet Tuxedo Jumpsuit; $100 at The Fitzroy

Priyanka Chopra looked statuesque in Ralph & Russo Couture (2017). With metallic and glitter triangles, this structured corset gown was every bit as stunning as it was simple.  

Dupe: Serafina Cut-Out Dress in White; $100 at The Fitzroy

Charlize Theron glittered in Gucci (2004). The Hollywood star stole the spotlight that night with her Best Actress win for Monster and one of the most memorable gowns in red carpet history.

Dupe: Madden Sequin Gown; $100 at The Fitzroy

Lupita Nyong’o was nothing short of magical in Prada (2014). She wore a light shade of blue that she said reminded her of Nairobi and #Nairobiblue started trending. A pleated silk chiffon gown with a dramatic train, the perfect choice for the walk up to the stage to receive her award for Best Supporting Actress for 12 Years A Slave

Dupe: Bianca Suit in Light Blue; $135 at The Fitzroy

Marion Cotillard dazzled in a form-fitting gown the night she won Best Actress for La Vie en Rose (2008). The modern mermaid design by Jean Paul Gaultier stood out for its intricate fish scale detail. 

Dupe: Yasmin Midi Dress; $110 at The Fitzroy

Penelope Cruz was all-out glamorous on the red carpet in a pink strapless feathered Atelier Versace gown (2007). 

Dupe: Fantasia Gown; $160 at The Fitzroy

Hilary Swank in Guy Laroche (2005) was business in the front and party in the back! The backless midnight blue gown was a showstopper on the red carpet, a fitting entrance for the star who won Best Actress for Million Dollar Baby that night. 

Dupe: Velaris Dress in Navy; $100 at The Fitzroy

Who can forget this iconic gown? Halle Berry in Elie Saab (2002). The actress made history that night as the first Black woman to win Best Actress for Monster’s Ball, while her sweeping burgundy and sheer embroidered dress made Oscar fashion history.

*A dupe version of this gown is tough to find, making it all the more iconic! 

Julia Roberts wore vintage Valentino (2001) the night of her Oscar win for Erin Brockovich. The classic black and white velvet and satin gown is just as elegant today as it was then. 

Dupe: Domingo Gown; $125 at The Fitzroy

Björk turned a lot of heads in her infamous Swan dress (2001). Her fashion choice, praised or not, is now among the most iconic Oscar gowns of all time! 

Dupe: Ivory Feather Blazer Dress; $100 at The Fitzroy

ETALK LIVE AT THE OSCARS® airs live Sunday, March 12 at 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT on CTV,, and the CTV app.
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