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The Most Unforgettable Oscar Dresses Of The Century

Renee Zellweger, 2004
In 2004, Renee Zellweger accepted her Best Supporting Actress award for her role in Cold Mountain while wearing a dramatically draped gown fit for a goddess. The actress was spotted with a white rose tucked into her cleavage at the Vanity Fair after party.

The iconic dress was designed by the actress's long-term friend Carolina Herrera, but the two actually collaborated on the piece together. This was no off-the-rack dress sent to the actress. 

"Renée doesn't use a stylist, so our discussions were as much a part of the design process as the sketches," Herrera told Vogue. "She had just finished the second Bridget Jones movie, so I took advantage of her being a little curvier than usual. Thankfully Renée loves fittings, because nothing matters more than a perfect fit, especially with a strapless... I copied the bow in my bridal line and it was one of the best-selling wedding gowns I've ever done."

The two have been working together since 2000, first meeting at a Costume Institute gala celebrating Jackie Kennedy's iconic wardrobe. Since then, Zellweger has loyally worn Herrera pieces for most of her red carpet events.

"I've always felt comfortable in your designs because they are classic," Zellweger told the designer in a Harper's Bazaar interview. "The purpose of wearing the dress is usually a really happy occasion that you're meaning to celebrate. It always added to that experience to go and share whatever occasion it was and preparing for it together. You've certainly enriched my experiences in so many ways."