Last week, film’s finest walked the red carpet at the 86th annual Academy Awards. Nominees, presenters and other actresses looking pretty as a picture borrowed from fine and contemporary art as illustrated in this list (and slideshow) of the evening’s 12 best dressed.
Like John Singer Sargent’s Madame X, Oscar winner and presenter Charlize Theron (1) made an aesthetic impression in a traditional black gown with surprise straps.
In Giorgio Armani, two-time Oscar winner and all-time fashion icon Cate Blanchett (2) gave off a glistening aura similar to Lynda Cole’s sculpture installation Rain.
Although both Bond Girl Olga Kurylenko (3) and Cindy Sherman’s Untitled #470 don rosy-colored frocks with strategic slits, the former is more beautiful inside and out since her Alice Elia dress was made in a cruelty-free way.
After presenting in a severe Atelier Versace gown, Kate Hudson (4) softened up in a Zuhair Murad. Like the Randi Rahm on two-time Oscar winner Sally Field, the similarly-cut dresses branch out with patterns of black leaves that echo the wrapped trees of Christo and Jeanne Claude.
Nominated for Best Documentary for Karama Has No Walls, filmmaker Sara Ishaq (6) stands out in a tapestry of gold brocade as does Gustav Klimt’s Adele Bloch-Bauer I.
Weaving her way down the red carpet in a tactile Naeem Khan gown, Portia de Rossi (7) is akin to Black Flag Macramé by contemporary artist Martin Durazo.
Almost 100 years after Amedeo Modigliani painted Marie, daughter of the people, Oscar presenter (8) Emma Watson adapts a similar style in a ribbed charcoal straight-line, topped off by swept back hair with wild wisps.
In a figure-flattering Elie Saab Haute Couture, Oscar winner/presenter and 2014 recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award Angelina Jolie (9) and presenter Jennifer Garner (10), in a fun fringe Oscar de la Renta, embody the shimmering glamour of Erté’s art.
It’s all about the black bow for The Wolf of Wall Street’s Margot Robbie (11)—whether it appears on the back of her Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane dress or around the neck of Berthe Morisot’s Figure of a Woman.
Olivia Wilde (12) mirrors the stunning simplicity of John McCracken’s Nine Planks IV in her Maison Valentino gown to complete this list of the evening's most priceless fashionistas.