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Oscars Red Carpet: The 25 Most Daring Dresses of All Time

W Logo By Emilia Petrarca of W | Slide 1 of 26: <p>The <a href="http://www.wmagazine.com/gallery/oscars-red-carpet-most-daring-dresses-in-history?mbid=synd_msnlife">red carpet at the Academy Awards</a> is usually considered hallowed ground. Unlike the <a href="http://www.wmagazine.com/parties/2016/02/grammys-2016-go-inside-the-best-parties/photos/ ">Grammys</a> or the MTV Awards, or even the <a href="http://www.wmagazine.com/people/best-dressed/2016/01/golden-globes-2016-best-dressed-cate-blanchett-lady-gaga/photos/ ">Golden Globes</a>, it is neither the time nor the place for funny business. In fact, it is sometimes...too tasteful, too safe, and, sadly, too dull. But, in between the usual fishtail dresses and retro ballgowns, a <a href="http://www.wmagazine.com/gallery/oscars-red-carpet-most-daring-dresses-in-history?mbid=synd_msnlife">few fearless women</a> sometimes dare to wow on the red carpet. There was <a href="http://www.wmagazine.com/people/best-dressed/2014/11/nicole-kidman-roberto-cavalli/ ">Nicole Kidman</a> in 1997, for example, spectacular in chartreuse by John Galliano for Dior. Then there was Marion Cotillard, redefining the meaning of fishtail gowns in Gaultier couture that actually looked like fish scales. And for <a href="http://www.wmagazine.com/gallery/oscars-red-carpet-most-daring-dresses-in-history?mbid=synd_msnlife">sheer bravado there's always Cher</a>, perpetually clad in Bob Mackie and eager to flout the conventions of <a href="http://www.wmagazine.com/gallery/oscars-red-carpet-most-daring-dresses-in-history?mbid=synd_msnlife">"tasteful dressing." Ladies, we salute you</a>.</p>

The red carpet at the Academy Awards is usually considered hallowed ground. Unlike the Grammys or the MTV Awards, or even the Golden Globes, it is neither the time nor the place for funny business. In fact, it is sometimes...too tasteful, too safe, and, sadly, too dull. But, in between the usual fishtail dresses and retro ballgowns, a few fearless women sometimes dare to wow on the red carpet. There was Nicole Kidman in 1997, for example, spectacular in chartreuse by John Galliano for Dior. Then there was Marion Cotillard, redefining the meaning of fishtail gowns in Gaultier couture that actually looked like fish scales. And for sheer bravado there's always Cher, perpetually clad in Bob Mackie and eager to flout the conventions of "tasteful dressing." Ladies, we salute you.

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