Red carpet fashion at the 2020 Academy Awards

The 2020 Academy Awards were a night that the world would never forget. Full of controversial nominees, joy-filled acceptance speeches and beautiful performances, the night was a spectacular way to represent our era and every aspect of pop culture that it holds. At the root of our culture lies fashion, where the gorgeous gowns and sleek suits of the evening embodied our era.

Kaitlyn Dever

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Dressed in a ruby red sweetheart neckline, the Booksmart star strutted the Academy Awards’ red carpet in a custom design by Louis Vuitton. Entirely made from sustainable fabrics, Dever’s gown was embroidered with Swarovski crystals and glass beads. Dever paired her dress with a silk satin shawl, deep red Aldo heels and Harry Winston jewels. She sported a “no-makeup” makeup look with a simple black cat-eye and a nude lip.

Timothée Chalamet

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It is absolutely no exaggeration that Timothée Chalamet stole the red carpet with his navy blue zip-up suit. Designed by Prada, the set had fans going crazy. He paired the outfit with black flat-toed boots, Cartier jewels and a sleek hair look. He presented the award for the night and starred in the nominated film Little Women.

Billie Eilish

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The five-time Grammy winner arrived at the Academy Awards in no other than her usual attire. Adorned head-to-toe in an off white Chanel pantsuit, the singer accessorized with black and white sneakers, long black nails and lace fingerless gloves. To top it off, Eilish styled her hair in a green and black low messy bun, accompanied by a Chanel logo pin and a multicolored hair ribbon. Later in the night, Eilish and her older brother Finneas performed The Beatles’ “Yesterday” during the annual “In Memoriam” tribute.

Spike Lee

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In his show-stopping red carpet look at the 2020 Academy Awards, Spike Lee wore a suit dedicated to the late basketball player, Kobe Bryant. Dressed head-to-toe in purple and yellow, the film director was sure to make a huge statement. The tux was completed with the number 24. In 2009, the duo released a documentary about the life of the basketball superstar, Kobe Doin’ Work.

Greta Gerwig

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The Little Women director made a dramatic entrance in this Dior Haute Couture gown. Shaped by a sweetheart neckline and thin belt, Gerwig’s dress was lined with fringe detail along the bottom. Green-toned Bulgari jewels complimented the look. 

Joaquin Phoenix

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Unlike many other attendees of the 2020 Oscars, Joaquin Phoenix wore a single tuxedo to the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice Awards, SAG Awards, BAFTAs and Academy Awards. In a successful attempt to represent sustainable fashion and its countless environmental benefits, the actor wore a Stella McCartney suit, and in his Oscar acceptance speech for Lead Actor as the Joker, Phoenix discussed important topics such as animal and environmental rights. 

Laura Dern

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Sunday, Feb. 9 was a huge night for Dern, as she was able to celebrate her 53rd birthday with her first-ever Oscar acceptance. The Marriage Story and Little Women star walked the red carpet in a ballet pink Armani Prive design. Accented with a black-beaded bodice, adding a vintage twist. Niwaka jewel and a sleek pull-back hairstyle complimented the outfit. Later in the night, Dern recycled her 25-year-old vintage black Giorgio Armani gown, representing the importance of closet shopping and sustainability.

Roman Griffin Davis and Archie Yates

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Jojo Rabbit stars Roman Griffin Davis and Archie Yates sure do know how to make any place a good time, and the 2020 Academy Awards were no exception. The boys, 12 and 11, wore bowtie tuxedos. Davis’ velvet coat had orange collar detailing with orange cufflinks while Yates styles a classic suit and patent leather shoes. Their film had six nominations.

Janelle Monae

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Drenched in 168,000 Swarovski crystals, Monae’s dress was sure to make the jaws of spectators drop to the ground. Composed of a long-sleeved bodice, floor-length A-line skirt and hood, the Ralph Lauren design took over 600 hours to handcraft. Opening the 92nd Oscars, the singer, alongside Billy Porter, performed a song summarizing all of the film industry’s amazing feats of the past year.