Whether a designer opts to outfit a single Oscar attendee annually, or dress an assembly of presenters, performers, nominees and after-party guests, the Academy Awards red carpet represents the ultimate confluence of celebrity and fashion. In anticipation of the night’s most ubiquitous query — “who are you wearing?” — here’s a briefing on which stars have partnered with which fashion houses to create indelible Oscar moments over the past half-decade.
Number of Oscar guests dressed (2011-2015): Three
Notable celebrity teamings: Lupita Nyong’o in 2015; Naomi Watts in 2014; Jennifer Lawrence in 2011
Major fashion moments: Nyong’o’s opulent beaded halter gown made of 6,000 white pearls was so coveted, a thief (temporarily) swiped it from her hotel room at the London West Hollywood.
Number of Oscar guests dressed: Three
Notable celebrity teamings: Julianne Moore in 2015; Jessica Biel in 2014; Michelle Williams in 2011
Major fashion moments: Moore, who won lead actress that night for “Still Alice,” wore a beaded custom Chanel design — a white organza bustier dress, embroidered with 80,000 small white hand-painted sequins and flowers — that took 27 people at Karl Lagerfeld and company 965 hours to construct.
Number of Oscar guests dressed: 15 (seven women, eight men)
Notable celebrity teamings: Charlize Theron and Jennifer Lawrence (in 2013 and 2014); Gael Garcia Bernal and Steven Spielberg in 2013; Natalie Portman in 2012; Nicole Kidman and Marion Cotillard in 2011
Major fashion moments: America’s sweetheart Lawrence — a Dior spokeswoman, who’ll likely wear the brand in 2016 — recovered endearingly after she tripped in Raf Simons’ voluminous blush-colored silk bustier ball dress en route to claim the 2013 lead actress trophy.
Dolce & Gabbana
Number of Oscar guests dressed: 17 (four women, 13 men)
Notable celebrity teamings: David Oyelowo, Adrien Brody and Channing Tatum in 2015; Matthew McConaughey in 2014-15 and 2011; Christian Bale, Jonah Hill and Spike Lee in 2014; Scarlett Johansson in 2011
Major fashion moments: Oyelowo might have been snubbed for “Selma,” but he sure looked sharp in his red shawl lapel three-piece tux. Also, loyal fan McConaughey wore the brand in three of the past five years; including the 86th Academy Awards, during which donned in a crisp white tux, the “Dallas Buyers Club” winner thanked his ultimate hero (an older version of himself).
Number of Oscar guests dressed: 10
Notable celebrity teamings: Emma Stone and Jennifer Lopez in 2015; Angelina Jolie in 2014; Sandra Bullock and Alicia Vikander in 2013; Mila Kunis in 2011
Major fashion moments: “Black Swan” star Kunis looked ever so elegant in a lavender silk chiffon and lace gown in 2011, and Stone was similarly colorful last year, when the “Birdman” actress chose a long-sleeved backless number in a complimentary shade of chartreuse.
Number of Oscar guests dressed: 69 (19 women, 50 men)
Notable celebrity teamings: Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Chris Pine and Clint Eastwood in 2015; Cate Blanchett, Jamie Foxx, Harrison Ford and Leonardo DiCaprio in 2014; Anne Hathaway, Quvenzhane Wallis, Jessica Chastain, Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, George Clooney and Denzel Washington in 2013; Penelope Cruz and Tom Cruise in 2012; Celine Dion, Reese Witherspoon, Armie Hammer and Mark Walhberg in 2011
Major fashion moments: Blanchett lit up the stage when she took the trophy for “Blue Jasmine” in a soft gold cap-sleeve dress with flared tulle skirt, embroidered with raised sequins and Swarovski crystal baguettes. “Zero Dark Thirty” nominee Chastain also had a glitzy Swarovski moment, sparkling in a mermaid-cut copper-toned silk satin gown with white sequins and crystals in 2013.
Number of Oscar guests dressed: 10 (six women, four men)
Notable celebrity teamings: Jared Leto, Jessica Chastain and Rosamund Pike in 2015; Michael B. Jordan, Jeremy Renner and Julia Roberts in 2014; Amanda Seyfried in 2013; Rooney Mara in 2012; Cate Blanchett in 2011
Major fashion moments: Leto pulled off the most inventive ensembles — including an ice blue grain-de-poudre custom suit and flowered Fred Leighton brooch. In 2012, Riccardo Tisci helped “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” star Rooney Mara’s romantic cream mixed-lace and multi-layered chiffon vision come to life.
Number of Oscar guests dressed: Four
Notable celebrity teamings: Nicole Kidman in 2015; Reese Witherspoon in 2013; Michelle Williams in 2012; Andrew Garfield (and Gwyneth Paltrow’s jewelry) in 2011
Major fashion moments: Williams has a clear fashion point of view, and the fiery brunt-orange-colored gown — made of silk mousseline and organza ribbons, worked in layers, and requiring over 300 hours of work — was a big hit for the pixie haircut-sporting “My Week With Marilyn” lead actress nominee. Also, if fashion “it girl” Alicia Vikander, who rocked a long-sleeved geometric sequined dress at SAGs and is currently the face of the brand, wears LV as expected in 2016, fans are in for another knockout style surprise.
Oscar de la Renta
Number of Oscar guests dressed: Four
Notable celebrity teamings: Sienna Miller in 2015; Jennifer Garner in 2014; Amy Adams in 2013; Anne Hathaway in 2011
Major fashion moment: Adams’ whimsical silver-gray strapless gown with silver-lined beading detail and draping frayed organza tulle skirt was something she saw in a black-and-white photograph and worked with the designer to create.
Number of Oscar guests dressed: 43 (seven women, 33 men; plus three women in Miu Miu)
Notable celebrity teamings: Ava DuVernay, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ethan Hawke, Common and Ansel Elgort in 2015; Lupita Nyong’o, Christoph Waltz, Jason Sudeikis, Paul Dano and Steve McQueen in 2014; Anne Hathaway, Daniel Radcliffe, David O. Russell and Keith Urban in 2013; Ben Stiller in 2012; Adrien Brody and Robert Downey Jr. in 2011
Major fashion moments: Common and Elgort both sported unique spins on the typical tux in 2015; Common wore sleek velvet and Elgort opted for a rich navy blue. And in 2014, “12 Years a Slave” star Nyong’o looked the part of a winner (and a princess) in her sky-blue Grecian-style gown.
Number of Oscar guests dressed: 14 (three women, 11 men)
Notable celebrity teamings: Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pratt and Neil Patrick Harris (for the kudocast) in 2015; Michael Fassbender in 2014; Bradley Cooper 2012-14; Gwyneth Paltrow, Colin Firth and Tom Hanks in 2012
Major fashion moments: Paltrow has several times before left her mark on the Oscar carpet (think the bubble gum-pink Ralph Lauren from 1999 that she’s allegedly saving for Apple’s prom). But she held the throne as the ultimate fashionista in the sophisticated fitted white gown with floor-length cape designed by Ford.
Number of Oscar guests dressed: Five
Notable celebrity teamings: Keira Knightley in 2015; Olivia Wilde in 2014; Jennifer Aniston in 2013; Shailene Woodley in 2012; Anne Hathaway in 2011
Major fashion moments: Hathaway, who wore eight different Oscar frocks over the course of her co-hosting gig in 2011, arrived in a strapless red Valentino gown that started the night off on a fashionable high-note.
Number of Oscar guests dressed: 14 (13 women, 1 man)
Notable celebrity teamings: Jennifer Aniston, Scarlett Johansson and Zoe Saldana in 2015; Lady Gaga, Kate Hudson, Jada Pinkett Smith and John Legend in 2014; Halle Berry and Jane Fonda in 2013; Angelina Jolie in 2012; Jennifer Hudson in 2011
Major fashion moments: Hudson flaunted her fit figure in a red-hot halter dress in 2011, and in 2012, Jolie started a craze with the black strapless Atelier Versace dress, with ultra-high slit, that showed off her leggy assets.
In Creative Transition
While they’ve dressed the likes of Nicole Kidman, Amy Adams and Meryl Streep (respectively), Balenciaga, Gucci and Lanvin are embarking upon new chapters under the vision of brand-new creative directors.
On the Rise
These newer designer names are quickly gaining ground, and have already made marked contributions to 2016 awards season carpets.
Andrew Gn’s eponymous brand, which he launched in Paris in 1996, was repped at the 2015 Venice Film Festival by Elizabeth Banks, and last year’s Vanity Fair Oscar party by Hailee Steinfeld and Rashida Jones. This year, he was responsible for Calista Flockhart’s peacock blue dress with gold detailing at the Golden Globes. He describes the quintessential Andrew Gn gal as “unconventional, fun and approachable.”
The New York fashionista, who designed bridesmaids gowns for Molly Sims’ 2011 wedding and Mariah Carey’s glitzy mermaid-cut dress for her 2013 “American Idol” performance, just made her awards season debut — and in a big way. For the Golden Globes, Kennedy (who designed for Donna Karan, J. Mendel and Isaac Mizrahi Couture prior to crafting under own name this season) dressed “Orange Is the New Black” star Laverne Cox in a custom ivory crepe backless gown with fishtail train, and “The Affair’s” Maura Tierney in a wedgewood blue and black crepe strapless color-blocked creation.
The 30-year-old Siriano, a member of the CFDA and “Project Runway” success story, had a huge 2015. Gwyneth Paltrow and Gaga wore his designs out on the town. He dressed stars like Danielle Brooks and Laura Prepon for the Emmys, and Solange Knowles in a loud red for the 2015 Oscars. This year, Christina Hendricks wore his metallic brocade bow shoulder dress to the SAG Awards (for which he also dressed Katie Lowes and Anna Chlumsky) and Globe winner Rachel Bloom rocked a green off-the-shoulder number. And that dramatic metallic jacquard overlay gown in Taylor Swift’s “Wildest Dreams” video? His too.
A pregnant Keira Knightley caught eyes wearing a customized purple lace runway look from the Canadian designer at the 2015 SAG Awards; Kate Bosworth and Alexa Chung picked designer Erdem Moralioglu for the 2015 British Fashion Awards; and Benedict Cumberbatch’s wife donned a floral look for the 2015 Globes. After Kiernan Shipka made many a best-dressed list in the strapless purple Taryn gown she wore to 2016 SAGs, the award-winning designer — who once worked alongside Diane von Furstenberg, and launched his own label in 2005 — surely has more in store.
The 33-year-old Greek creative, who lives in London and collaborated on collections with Topshop and Atelier Swarovski, made waves when she put Kerry Washington in pink metallic for the 2015 Globes. More recently, Kantrantzou sent Alicia Vikander to the 2016 BFCA Critics’ Choice Awards in an embellished “Juno” gown inspired by cosmology, composed of cascading lawyers of organza georgette with sequin stacks, pearls and crystals.
After dressing Robin Wright in form-fitting black-and-white for the 2015 Emmys and Leslie Mann and Behati Brinsloo for the 2015 Golden Globes (plus Bar Refaeli and Selena Gomez for the after-parties), the brand, founded by former Anne Klein co-creative directors Ken Kaufman and Isaac Franco in fall 2004, had glitzy designs on Julie Bowen and a skin-showing Jessica Pare at the 2016 SAG Awards.
The Sherman Oaks, Calif., native and “Project Runway” season eight vet has already worked with an impressive slew of stars, including Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Kim Kardashian, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Caitlyn Jenner and Beyonce, whom he dressed for the 2014 Grammy Awards. In 2015, Michael Costello gave sexy creations to fierce songstresses from Jennifer Lopez to Nicki Minaj for the AMAs. In 2016, he dressed a sparkly Queen Latifah for the SAGs, and Whitney Port and Rumer Willis for Golden Globe after-parties (and the year has just begun).
Award-winning designer Gurung — who was born in Singapore, raised in Nepal and has worked with designers including Cynthia Rowley and Bill Blass — founded his eponymous collection in 2009. He’s dabbled in doing footwear and designing a (MAC) cosmetics line, and dressed global leading ladies including Michelle Obama and the duchess of Cambridge. Most recently, he’s responsible for Michelle Monaghan and Amy Schumer’s looks at the 2016 Golden Globes, and styled Tina Fey and Laverne Cox in arresting shades of red for the SAG Awards.