In 2014, the UK website Big Group wanted to explore the fashion aspect of the Oscars in depth and decided to create a poster that shows all the Best Actress Oscar Winners in order up to the that date. (Julianne Moore won last year in Chanel) They say,
“Other than the pleasure of looking at the dresses and remembering them from the occasion (depending on your age), it is interesting to see how styles change over the decades. The 50s are classically elegant, as one might expect, while the love/hate relationship people have with 80s fashion is on full display with wildly different and highly original designs each year. The early ceremonies were a far less extravagant occasion and fashion choices reflected that, while today’s events see luxurious flowing gowns from the world’s leading designers.
Research for this required us to look up every award-winner and find several photos of them in the dress. Older photos, being in black and white presented an issue so we made every effort to find written references to the dresses so we could recreate them in colour. The other significant challenge was in finding the name of designer of each dress. We’ve done our best within the time we could spend on this but many are still marked as ‘unknown’…”
I’d say excellent job. You can find an interactive version of the poster here. I love studying this and it might go into the Gay Handbook of Essential Knowledge. (Please TRY and find some reason to be offended by that last remark…) Seriously, have fun even if you’re straight!