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The Most Unforgettable Oscar Dresses Of The Century

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Hilary Swank, 2005
Million Dollar Baby star Hilary Swank turned more than a few heads in this dramatic blue gown by Guy Laroche. The high neckline and open back of the gown showcased the actress' stunning, athletic form. That night she won her second Oscar for Best Actress in Million Dollar Baby, making her a knock-out in every sense of the phrase. 

While the dress is now a classic in Academy Awards fashion history, Swank wasn't originally supposed to wear it. In 2005 Swank was the celebrity endorser of Calvin Klein underwear, and was supposed to wear a CK dress on the red carpet. She collaborated for weeks with the label's head women's designer to create an Oscar-worthy gown. The dress they came up with was inspired by 19th-century portraits of Madame X, a painting of a socialite that scandalized Paris for her seductive pose and low-cut black gown. 

But in the end Swank didn't walk the red carpet in a Calvin Klein frock. "We wish it could have been our dress, but sometimes this happens," Kim Vernon, a senior vice president of Calvin Klein, told The New York Times at the time. "At the last minute, she said this is what she really wanted to wear today."

This wasn't the first time Swank made a last minute switch. During the 2000 Academy Awards, Swank made a last-minute change from a Dior gown to a Randolph Duke dress — and went on to win her first Oscar that year.