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These Old Hollywood Oscar Dresses Will Make You Yearn For The Past

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30. 1978: Farrah Fawcett
Farrah Fawcett decided to go in a slinky gold dress to the 1978 Oscars, where she presented the award for Best Film Editing. The gold chainmail tank dress dipped low at the neckline and embodied Studio 54 with the liquid-like silhouette. The gown fell to the floor, and had an open back and dangerously open sides. The piece was created by the celebrated designer Stephen Burrows.

That same year, Burrows released a new collection of loose chiffon dresses with the same delicate straps, low necklines, and body-skimming silhouettes, proving he thought that was the "look of '78." While Fawcett's gown was worthy of an Oscars red carpet, the king of disco wear clearly had an aesthetic that year. 

It was a smart publicity move for Fawcett to wear such a trendy dress to the Oscars that year: Just the year prior, Fawcett quit Charlie's Angels to make her transition into film, and so presenting an award at the Oscars was a big deal for her career. But there was much controversy whether Fawcett quitting her break-out role would hurt or help her in the end.

"For Farrah to quit Charlie's Angels was saying to her audience, 'Your taste in shows stinks.' You can't expect people to let you be a star when you do that," Jeff Wald, a Hollywood manager, told The Gazette in 1978. But others thought that she was too popular of an icon to blur into obscurity. "Farrah hadn't done anything in a year," said manager Jay Bernstein . "No guestings on TV shows, no movies. Yet Life put her on the cover of their Year in Pictures issue last December. In other words, no matter what people say, she's here to stay."

Her being invited to have a role in the Academy Awards ceremony was proof of that, and her standout dress helped put her name into a flurry of headlines the next morning.