The very first Academy Awards ceremony, held on May 16th, 1929 at the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel, was actually an intimate dinner for 270 entertainment insiders.
Did you know that The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was established by entertainment mogul Louis B. Mayer a couple of years prior? And according to him, it was really just a way to keep his directors in line!
“I found that the best way to handle filmmakers was to hang medals all over them,” Mayer famously quipped. “If I got them cups and awards, they’d produce what I wanted. That’s why the Academy Award was created.”
That little piece of history notwithstanding, today the Oscars are watched by hundreds of millions of fans in over 200 countries around the world. But in all these years one thing hasn’t changed: the fashions worn by the event’s attendees garner as much attention as the awards themselves!
While some stars choose to shine, others attract our attention for all the wrong reasons. Here, we’re taking a look back at some of the worst Oscar dresses of all time…
1. Cher Goes Halloween Costume Crazy
In addition to acting and singing her way to the top, Cher will always be remembered for her unique fashion sense. The star rarely shies away from glittery, body-conscious outfits, making her a perfect fit for designer Bob Mackie throughout the years.
Cher and the American designer have worked together for over four decades, a partnership that has resulted in multiple iconic fashion moments.
She may not have been nominated in 1986, but that did not stop Cher from employing Mackie’s talents to transform her into a Ziegfield Follies-era showgirl to award Don Ameche with that year’s award for Best Supporting Actor.
A beaded black two-piece, it revealed the star’s belly button and hips and was completed with a two foot plumed head piece. Subtle it was not, and we can’t say that we were big fans. Moving on…