IN PHOTOS: The most unforgettable dresses in Oscars red carpet history

From Cher's flamboyant Bob Mackie ensemble to Taraji P Henson's classic Hollywood gown, these red carpet looks deserve their own Academy Awards

Published: 8:40 PM March 4, 2018

Updated: 8:40 PM March 4, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The 2018 Academy Awards is almost upon us (Monday, 7:30 am Philippine time, to be exact), and while the world eagerly awaits to find out who takes home the coveted trophies, everyone's also waiting to see what the stars will be wearing on the red carpet.

Arguably the glitziest event in Hollywood, the Oscars has had its fair share of fashion hits and misses – and some of the most memorable moments in fashion and pop culture history have happened on its red carpet.

Here's a rundown of some of the most controversial, legendary, and beloved looks the awards show has seen over the years:

Taraji P Henson in Alberta Ferretti, 2017

#Aboutlastnight @albertaferretti thank you I felt soooooooo elegant!!! #oscars2017 A post shared by taraji p henson (@tarajiphenson) on Feb 27, 2017 at 5:40pm PST

If there was one standout look from last year's Oscars red carpet, it was Taraji P Henson's. The Hidden Figures star wore an off-shoulder Alberta Ferretti number done in midnight blue velvet – a truly timeless look that stood out in its simplicity.

Lady Gaga in Brandon Maxwell, 2016

Throwback to my first Oscars dress, excited to see what everyone wears tomorrow! This was just the most fun time, creating the dress was such a great memory, but the laughs and excitement of the journey are what will always stand out in my mind forever. For me, seeing one of my best friends nominated and recognized for her hard work was so amazing, and I hope everyone, nominees, attendees, glam teams, family and friends, feel that love and joy in bundles tomorrow! Good luck and positive vibes to all! #oscars A post shared by Brandon Maxwell (@brandonmaxwell) on Mar 3, 2018 at 9:58am PST

At the 2016 Oscars, Lady Gaga proved that she doesn't need to go all-out crazy with her ensembles to turn heads when she stepped out on the red carpet in a white Brandon Maxwell jumpsuit. The ensemble, which looked like a piece of origami folded perfectly to her proportions, was simple by Gaga standards – but stunning nonetheless.

Lupita Nyong'o in Prada, 2014

GODDESS. Lupita Nyong’o stuns in a dreamy Prada gown.

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior, 2013

PRINCESS. Jennifer Lawrence wears a voluminous Dior dress.

Angelina Jolie in Versace, 2012

LEG UP. Angelina Jolie goes viral in a velvet Versace dress.

Cate Blanchett in Givenchy, 2011

AVANT-GARDE. Cate Blanchett wears an alienesque Givenchy number.

Michelle Williams in Vera Wang, 2006

COLOR BLOCK. Michelle Williams plays with color in a Vera Wang gown.

Hally Berry in Elie Saab, 2002

DEEP RED. Halle Berry pre-dates the naked dress trend in Elie Saab.

Björk in Marjan Pejoski, 2001

FREE AS A BIRD. Björk creates the ultimate fashion moment in a swan dress by Macedonian designer Marjan Pejoski.

Julia Roberts in Valentino, 2001

CLASSIC. Julia Roberts holds up her Best Actress award in a Valentino dress.

Gwyneth Paltrow in Ralph Lauren, 1999

THINK PINK. Gwyneth Paltrow looks fresh and youthful in Ralph Lauren.

Nicole Kidman in Dior, 1997

CHARTREUSE. Nicole Kidman goes for bold color in Dior. Photo from

Cher in Bob Mackie, 1986

ART DECO. Cher wears Bob Mackie. Photo from

Barbra Streisand in Arnold Scaasi, 1969

BELL-BOTTOM BLUES. Barbra Streisand wears Arnold Scaasi. Photo from

Which look is your favorite? And who are you looking forward to seeing at the upcoming Oscars? Sound off in the comments! –