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The Most Unforgettable Oscar Dresses Of The Century

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Freida Pinto, 2009
Freida Pinto's Academy Awards debut was electric in all senses of the word. Her vibrant blue John Galliano dress was unusually alluring, and her hair and makeup were understated and elegant.

The one sleeved dress came from John Galliano's Spring 2009 Ready-To-Wear collection, but the original gossamer dress was completely sheer! Vogue reported on the collection, noting that the evening wear consisted of "fragile, sheer, spangled, romantically tinted and flower-printed dresses." The publication also noted how perfect the sheer gowns were for special events, writing, "If there are parties to go to next season, these are the kinds of dresses many girls might dream of wearing to them. With an underslip, of course."

That's exactly what Pinto did, popping a blue slip underneath to make it more conservative.

Seeing how this was Pinto's first red carpet walk, she brought a little piece of India with her to make the moment all the more special. Included in her jewelry was a $285,000 white-gold cocktail ring with a 150-year-old oval diamond from India.

Her movie, Slumdog Millionaire, picked up eight Academy Awards that night, and Pinto still thinks about what an amazing time in her life it was. She said: "Slumdog Millionaire was like a first love. None of what happened was expected; the next thing I know, I'm walking down the red carpet at the Oscars in my John Galliano dress. The ceremony was so beautiful. To feel the energy in that room — it was like being touched by God."