Frock horror! FEMAIL reveals the most bizarre outfits to ever grace the Oscars red carpet – from cheetah print bikinis to multicolored ‘bat wings’
- The Academy Awards ceremony is the most hotly-anticipated night of fashion
- Celebs always dress to impress on the red carpet – but some will miss the mark
- Here, FEMAIL reveals the most shocking ensembles to have graced the awards
The Oscars is one of the most hotly-anticipated nights of fashion during awards season – with the red carpet brimming with ensembles that exude elegance.
But, as the Hollywood stars do their best to impress, there are some who will inevitably miss the mark.
Dozens of A-listers have raised eyebrows with their sartorial choices at the Academy Awards in the past.
From Edy Williams’ scandalous cheetah-print bikini to Bjork’s infamous swan dress, many of the off-beat outfits have gone down in history.
In anticipation of the upcoming Oscars on Sunday, FEMAIL has laid bare the most shocking looks to have ever graced the ceremony.
In 1974, Edy Williams showed up to the Academy Awards wearing nothing but a cheetah print bikini. She finished the look by draping a fur coat over her shoulders and accessorized with an actual dog – bringing a Great Dane on the red carpet with her
In 1986, Cher commanded attention in a dazzling Bob Mackie black two-piece – but it was her imposing feathery headgear that really raised eyebrows. The singer later told the New York Times that she opted to wear the eye-popping look because she was angry that she hadn’t been nominated for her role in The Mask. ‘I wasn’t going to go at all. And then they asked me to present, these people who had just said, “No, you can’t be one of us.” Then I decided, “I’m going to remind them of what they don’t like about me.”‘ She later seemed to regret the decision, however, calling the outfit ‘stupid’ during an interview with Film Comment
Demi Moore turned heads at the 1989 Oscars – but for all the wrong reasons. She showed up on the red carpet in a mismatched DIY ensemble that consisted of biker shorts and a corset that boasted a shimmering train
In 1991, rock star Jon Bon Jovi made quite the statement after arriving on the Oscars red carpet in purple velvet Giorgio Armani suit, which boasted a fuchsia leather collar. He also sported his iconic black glasses
Geena Davis took ‘ballerina-core’ to a whole new level when she arrived to the 1992 Academy Awards in a satin corseted dress that boasted a high-low skirt and oodles of materials. She finished the look, which was made by Ruth Meyers and Bill Hargate, with sheer tights and over-the-elbow gloves
Whoopi Goldberg did not shy away from the limelight at the 65th Academy Awards in 1993. She donned a striking green and purple jumpsuit before finishing the look with a cape skirt and collared jacket
In 1995, costume designer Lizzy Gardiner made quite the statement when she arrived to the Oscars in an all-gold ensemble that had been crafted out of 254 expired American Express cards. According to reports, the cards were all real but had expired – and were held together with wire. She once said of the bizarre ensemble: ‘I’m broke, and I didn’t have anything to wear. So I went through my list of past good ideas’
The Goonies star Corey Feldman showed up to the 1995 Oscars in a very ‘vintage’ outfit. The actor looked like he was channeling his inner Jack Sparrow as he took viewers back in time with his black-and-white ensemble
Dennis Rodman caused quite the buzz when he stepped foot on the red carpet at the 1997 Oscars, sporting a very colorful ensemble – consisting of a blue suit, red vest and top hat – and he even matched his makeup to his outfit
Singer-songwriter Bjork sported one of the most iconic dresses in award ceremony history when she stepped out at the 2001 Oscars wearing a very limp swan-inspired Marjan Pejoski dress, which she paired with with glittery tights and white heels. The gown certainly ruffled feathers, and afterwards, Joan Rivers said she ‘should be put into an asylum’
In 2002, Sally Kirkland definitely caught the public’s eye when she arrived on the red carpet in a sparkling gold dress with an asymmetrical skirt. She was also fiercely criticized for sporting a bejeweled bindi
It seems that 2002 was a bad fashion year for the A-listers all round, as Faith Hill also missed the mark at the ceremony when she slipped into a Versace multicolored, textured gown complete with iridescent eyeshadow – making a true Y2K statement
At the 2004 awards ceremony, Uma Thurman donned a Christian Lacroix disjointed ensemble that appeared to be falling apart at the seams – the asymmetric white tulle dress boasted a variety of other textures and was cinched in at the waist by a bright blue ribbon
It appears that Sally Kirkland is a repeat offender when it comes to the worst looks at the Oscars – she arrived on the red carpet in 2007 wearing a sheer black gown and a colorful pair of wings that she then spread like a bat
Lady Gaga’s 2015 Oscars gown – which was designed by Azzedine Alaia – raised eyebrows with its ‘cracked’ material and abstract shape. The star also threw on a pair of red gloves to add a pop of color – which some said looked more like oven mitts or dishwashing gloves
Kristen Wiig’s 2020 garish Valentino Haute red gown with ruffled detailing also caused quite the stir when she arrived at the award ceremony – with social media users quick to poke fun at the off-beat outfit as they likened it to a ‘lasagna’
Wesley Snipes is another famous face who made everyone do a double take with his Oscars ensemble when he showed up to last year’s ceremony wearing a purple suit jacket designed by Bogard by MikeB, Bermuda shorts and black trainers
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