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

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14. 1958: Joan Collins
Joan Collins arrived to her very first Academy Awards in 1958 wearing a bubblegum pink strapless dress that she designed herself. It featured a balloon skirt that she affectionately likened to a "vacuum cleaner bag." The pink satin dress was paired with light pink silk gloves, pink satin heels, and a string of diamonds around her neck (which were her own.) 

"I was an excited young starlet when I set foot inside the Pantages Theatre, Hollywood, to attend what was then the 30th Academy Awards and I shall never forget it," Collins wrote in an article for The Daily Mail in 2018. 

She got ready for the big event with her good friend Joanne Woodward, who was up for the Best Actress Oscar for her role in The Three Faces Of Eve. While it was a big night for both women, they didn't have a glam team to get them ready like actors do today. "Despite it being the biggest night in Hollywood, Joanne had styled her own hair. As had I," Collins wrote. "We had also applied our own make-up and wore our own jewelry. Those were the days!" 

(Woodward also designed, cut, and sewed her own intricate green velvet dress.) The reason Collins (and her friends) designed their own dresses was twofold. First, she didn't have a dresser to truss her up in fancy designs. Second, she preferred to make her own frock "since I considered the old-school Hollywood designers outfits too fussy and complicated." The woman knew what she liked.