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The Most Unforgettable Oscar Dresses Of The Century

Cate Blanchett, 2005
Australian actress Cate Blanchett brought a burst of springtime color to the red carpet in this Valentino gown. The chocolate belt and sparkling brooch made this look all her own, especially when paired with her retro-inspired curls.

That year Blanchett won her first Oscar, grabbing the gold for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Aviator. Her custom-made, silk-taffeta Valentino confection was just the gown to celebrate the moment. She was at first undecided with which designer to go with for her big moment, but chose Valentino on the condition she be the only actress he dressed.

The dress was made by ten seamstresses, used eleven yards of silk taffeta, and was delivered to the actress by a person hand-picked by Valentino himself.

According to the designer, that specific shade of yellow was a "special yellow" that was meant to inspire a feeling of serenity when looking at it. Valentino wanted the actress to look like a modern goddess, so the dress was a mix between Grecian accents and Old Hollywood influences. Seeing how Blanchett portrayed Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator, fashion journalists weren't blind to the vintage influences in her Oscar dress. For example, The Washington Post compared the actress's yellow dress to vintage 1940s Norman Norell dresses.

Because of the timelessness of the gown, the yellow Valentino still makes it onto every Oscars Best Dressed list.