The Academy Awards red carpet can be an adventurous fashion scene. Who can forget Bjork’s swan gown, Gwyneth Paltrow’s sheer Alexander McQueen look, Faith Hill’s rainbow-bright Versace dress, and Cher’s showgirl Bob Mackie costume? We’ve rounded up these and more of the most outrageous Oscar looks of all time—click through the gallery to see them all. Then, check InStyle.com on Oscars night for all of your up-to-the-minute fashion coverage for the 2012 show!
It’s been quite a year for our feathered friend—the swan. Not since Björk wore her infamous swan dress to the Academy Awards in 2001 have swans gotten this much attention on the red carpet. “I thought that swan dress that Björk wore was beautiful and wonderful,” Florence + the Machine singer Florence Welch told us at a pre-Grammy party this weekend, “I would wear that.” And she did—sort of. Welch wore a different swan interpretation to the Grammy Awards last night, walking the red carpet in a Givenchy Couture dress with swans on it. She joins fellow swan fans Natalie Portman, whose portrayal of the aquatic bird in Black Swan earned her an Oscar nomination, and True Grit star Hailee Steinfeld, who walked the Berlin International Film Festival’s red carpet in a Miu Miu pleated silk dress with a youthful swan print. Tell us: Would you wear swans on your clothes?
— Sharon Clott, with reporting by Lindzi Scharf