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With one week to go until the red-carpet event of the year, we chart the dresses worn by winners through the ages – here are some of our favourites: Charlize Theron, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lawrence and Halle Berry.

There are few moments that can be considered bigger in a Hollywood actress’s career than winning an Oscar – and while we may forget the films for which they won, it’s the gowns they wore to collect that all-important statue that often prove most memorable.

Look back at the style life of Gwyneth Paltrow and you can’t help but revisit the powder pink Ralph Lauren gown she wore as she teared up on stage, while Julia Roberts’s Valentino dress plucked from the archives is often credited with kick-starting a vintage movement on the red carpet. Audrey Hepburn first stepped out publicly in Givenchy on her Oscar-winning night, marking the start of one of Hollywood’s most famous fashion friendships, while Elie Saab became a household name after Halle Berry chose his design for her big moment.

Some gowns go down in the Oscars fashion history for more dubious reasons – one of the most enduring images from the 2013 Oscars was of Jennifer Lawrence tripping on her voluminous Dior gown as she made her way to the stage, while in the same year Anne Hathaway made headlines for the last-minute dress change that saw her ditch her Valentino design (and promptly upset the design house) for a column dress by Prada.

We wait, with baited breath, for Sunday 2nd March – ready to be transported into fashion heaven!

Credit: Vogue

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