If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the Academy Awards, it’s that making it in Hollywood has nothing to do with fashion sense. Being that all eyes are on them, you would think that celebrities would want to dress to impress. Instead, some attendees arrive looking like they’re on their way to a worst-dressed Halloween party. From the infamous swan outfit to a gown that looks like a trash bag, these ensembles put the “out” in outrageous. Read on for some of the biggest fashion fails to have ever arrived at the Oscars.
Sally Looks Like She Found This Dress On The Ocean Floor
Actress Sally Kirkland arrived at the 2002 Academy Awards looking like she found her dress while scuba diving. The beige color doesn’t do much for Sally’s skin tone, especially considering it’s shiny and wrinkly-looking.
Texture aside, what is going on with the bottom of her dress? It’s like the designer decided to pin the fabric in random areas to create as clumpy a shape as possible. To make matters worse, Sally decided to sport a golden necklace that clashes with the unfortunate shades of the dress.
Bjork’s Swan Dress Looked Like A Halloween Costume
Ever since Bjork debuted her swan dress at the 2001 Academy Awards, the ensemble has been an ongoing gag. Not only can you purchase a replica of the outfit, referred to as a “costume,” you can make it from home!
There are countless DIY directions online that teach you how to recreate this ghastly dress. To be fair, the skirt isn’t half bad. It’s the plush toy swan head wrapped around the singer’s neck that landed this outfit in the hall of shame. The designer clearly took looking like a swan too literally.
Lizzy’s American Express Dress Was Hard To Decipher
Australian costume designer Lizzy Gardiner showed off her skills with an American Express dress she doted at the 1995 Oscars. Though the outfit was impressive in how it was made, it seriously failed in terms of aesthetics.
If there is some deeper meaning to this credit card dress, it’s completely lost on us. Lizzy did win the Oscar for her work in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Compared to the outlandish outfits in that movie, Lizzy’s ensemble looks mild.
Kristen’s Dress Looked Like A Coral Reef-Matrix Fusion
We’re not sure what compelled funny woman Kristen Wiig to decide on this outfit for the 2020 Academy Awards. It looks like the designer was researching coral reefs while watching The Matrix when they created this ensemble.
The dress wouldn’t be half bad if they just ripped off those tentacle-like embellishments on the sides. And what’s up with that red carpet tail on the back? The black gloves must have been an attempt to add class to this disastrous look. Even worse, you can clearly see the beige undergarment poking out the sides.
Anne Looked Like She Dressed Up As A Trash Bag
Anne Sophie Bion may be a behind-the-scenes worker, but she still should know better than to wear this dress to the Academy Awards. In 2012, she showed up to the Oscars looking like she was headed to a Halloween party dressed as a fancy trash bag.
The color and texture are spot-on, or rather, they would be if she truly were going for the garbage look. The cinched waist only serves to make the dress look that much more like a clumpy. At least the film editor could revel in her nomination for The Artist.