The Oscars is the one of the few red carpet events in the calendar year that we all wait for. As the pinnacle night of nights during each awards season, the Oscars is when our favourite celebrities pull out all the stops and wear their best look yet. As their stylists start to compile gowns and suits for the award shows ahead, we know they save the best until last, which means the Oscars is always a display of fashion, extravagance, couture and more. It was no different at the 91st Academy Awards, held at Hollywood’s Dolby Theater, Los Angeles, on Sunday February 24 (Monday, February 25 here in Australia), as Hollywood stars, including nominees and their guests, walked the red carpet, with the mantras being go big think pink! Here, the Vogue team reveal their verdict on the best dressed of the evening.
Lady Gaga was again a stand out, getting numerous nods from the Vogue team. Gaga, who was nominated for the Best Actress Award for her work in A Star is Bornunderstandably looked fit to make best dressed lists the world over. So of course, she made ours. Gaga turned up on the red carpet in a custom Alexander McQueen look, which featured a structural bodice and a full skirt.
So while some, like Gaga, went big in design – think Emma Stone in Louis Vuitton and Michelle Yeoh in Elie Saab – the other big red carpet trend was pink hues, much to the approval of Vogue editors. Gemma Chan (above) in Valentino was a favourite of the Vogue editors, with our senior fashion features editor Alice Birrell putting it best when she said: “The designer of the moment, the colour of the moment, the silhouette of the moment.”
Others taking home our very own best dressed badge for wearing pink were Kacey Musgraves in a dramatic tulle Giambattista Valli look, Kiki Layne in custom Versace, Sarah Paulson in Brandon Maxwell and even Marie Kondo who chose a Jenny Packham gown.
That doesn’t mean that understated looks weren’t winners too – with Allison Janney’s svelte Pamella Roland dress and Amy Poehler’s Alberta Ferretti suit both nabbing some nominations from the Vogue team.
In true Oscars fashion, these were sartorial moments not to be missed, so scroll on to see our best dressed list in full and make up your own mind along the way.
Lady Gaga in Alexander McQueen
“I think this was a fitting end to Lady Gaga’s stellar red carpet award season. I love that she chose to channel old Hollywood and her Alexander McQueen gown was worth waiting for.” – Danielle Gay, associate digital editor
“There is no disputing that 2019 is the year of Lady Gaga, and this extends to her recent success on the red carpet. The old Hollywood glamour she brought to the red carpet in Alexander McQueen was just what the ceremony needed.” – Angelica Xidias, assistant digital editor
“Kacey is wearing the pink fairy-floss gown of my dreams. I love everything about this from the frothy, whimsical, tiered skirt to the sleeves that prove there can never been enough ruffled detail.” – Lucie Clark, online producer
“If I was invited to the Oscars I would wear this, so Kacey Musgraves is my best dressed hands down. The colour, the bow pin, the tulle! It’s a fairy-floss dream!!” – Lilith Hardie Lupica, digital editor
“Glenn Close looks like an actual Oscar in this shining Carolina Herrera gown. Perfect for the Hollywood star that she is.” – Danielle Gay, associate digital editor
“Sharp and comfortable. A look that would bring a proud tear to Leslie Knope’s eye.” –Alice Birrell, senior fashion features editor
“Emma Stone and Louis Vuitton are a match made in couture style heaven. This metallic gown is the right side of edgy while also keeping it within classic Hollywood bounds by way of the column silhouette. I love the subtle nod the dress gives to the golden Oscar statuettes up for grabs at the awards ceremony.” – Lucie Clark, online producer
“I’m currently obsessing over Kiki Layne’s red carpet style. First, that Chloé goddess gown a few days ago at the Independent Spirit Awards and now this Versace work of art. It’s perfection.” – Rebecca Shalala, junior market editor
“I am all about the shades of pink sweeping the 2019 Oscars red carpet and Kiki Layne in this custom Versace gown takes the lead in my opinion. A dress this well fitted to the body (the hem! The neckline! The waist!) alone deservers a place on our best dressed list—but when it also has a dramatic draped extension at the back, it’s a full 360 degrees of amazingness.” – Julia Frank, digital editorial director
“I can only imagine deciding what to wear to your very first Oscars might be a nerve-wracking experience. Marie Kondo has nailed it and I bet her hotel room floor isn’t littered with piles of dresses and a scattering of shoes that didn’t make the cut.” – Remy Rippon, senior beauty and health editor
“How to compete with the gargantuan volume we’ve been seeing on the red carpet lately? Put on a waterfall made of sparkling Miu Miu.” – Alice Birrell, senior fashion features editor
“This shape is so good on her, perfect tailoring, the subtle train. Can’t fault it.” – Arquette Cooke, designer
“Dare I say I loved Brie Larson’s custom Celine gown? Risky, I know, but the simple silhouette won me over. Sparkling in silver, the Captain Marvel actress proved she truly is a superhero.” – Angelica Xidias, assistant digital editor
“The designer of the moment, the colour of the moment, the silhouette of the moment and yet nothing about this is over produced. Another absolute bullseye for Chan. I wouldn’t want to be stepping out of the car right after her…” – Alice Birrell, senior fashion features editor
“There’s something utterly modern, effortless and relaxed about this Valentino gown on Gemma Chan which still feels befitting of the most glamorous night of awards season.” –Remy Rippon, senior beauty and health editor
“I mean, obviously. She’s had such a strong red carpet season, anticipations were high and she’s surpassed it. I can’t recall if there’s ever been a stronger and more consistent red carpet style star debut, and it makes me even prouder that someone of Chinese heritage has made such a style impact in Hollywood. Gemma Chan is undoubtedly the favourite look at the Vogue office, and this will go down in Oscar history. And her red carpet prep Instagrams are the best. She’s worn this kind of hot pink before (Critics’ Choice, Golden Globes, and more); it’s brighter than Schiaparelli pink, but sharper than Barbie pink; can we just call it Gemma Chan pink? I can write a whole essay about Gemma Chan’s red carpet style!” – Zara Wong, fashion news and features director
“Equal amounts cool and pretty, Lisa Bonet is just everything I want to be when I grow up.” – Arquette Cooke, designer
“I’m always eager to see what Yeoh will wear and her choice at the 2019 Oscars didn’t disappoint. This Elie Saab gown fits like a glove and the sequin detail is divine – she’s glowing!” – Lilith Hardie Lupica, digital editor
“Babydoll dresses with black tights and platforms – inspired by Phoebe Philo at Chloe – was my go-to outfit when I was 20, so I still have a soft spot for that look.” – Zara Wong, fashion news and features director
“Pharrell Williams and Helen Lasichanh are red carpet couple goals.” – Dijana Savor, senior designer
“Pink and puffy reigned supreme on this year’s red carpet and Sarah Paulson achieved the perfect balance of the two. The silhouette of the Brandon Maxwell gown is oversized but not too OTT, and the shade of pink she’s wearing is bold, but not too bright.” –Angelica Xidias, assistant digital editor
“Texture on the red carpet is an uncommon sight – and brocade is due for a revival! The black ribbonned waist makes it both romantic and cool.” – Zara Wong, fashion news and features director