What princesses wear to the Oscars

If there's one thing more glittery than the Oscars themselves, it's the frocks and rocks worn by the stars attending the Academy Awards. From Alicia Vikander's Vuitton to Brie Larson's Gucci, there was glamour and gorgeousness all round at the ceremony this year. It's when actresses dress as princesses but it's the gown chosen by a real life princess in waiting for her big Oscars moment that regularly tops favourite frocks of all time polls. Grace Kelly picked up her Best Actress gong in a gown that became part of film - and royal - history. This is what princesses wear to the Oscars.

The most gorgeous gown of all? Grace Kelly's Oscar dress of 1956 regularly wins polls for favourite frocks
(photo credit By Metro Goldwyn Mayer -Public Domain)

Grace Kelly's famous Oscars gown was worn to the 1956 ceremony where she ended up winning Best Actress for her performance in The Country Girl. For her big night she chose an ice blue gown by Edith Head and she glittered everyone else off the red carpet.

The dress had a structured top with thin straps and then flowed into a fabulous skirt with layers of material folded into a shape that stayed elegant and chic throughout the evening. There were gloves, there was a little bag and there was that fabulous up do which showed everyone just how beautiful Grace Kelly really was.

It wasn't her first Oscars appearance but it was her most famous. The previous year she had walked the red carpet with Clarke Gable, her co-star in Mugambo, for which she won her first Oscar nomination. Her sequinned gown with flower detailing is pretty but a definite silver medal compared to the Edith Head creation.  Grace Kelly appeared at the Oscars just once more when she returned in 1956 to present the Best Actor statutette to Ernest Borgnine. She was in a piece of perfection with a tulle skirt scattered with flowers but this wasn't the most famous frock she wore that year.

Just weeks after her Academy Awards appearance, Grace Kelly left for Monaco for her marriage to Prince Rainier. She looked like a princess at the Oscars and soon afterwards that's just what she became. That's how royalty does the Academy Awards/.


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