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

5. 1941: Ginger Rogers
Ginger Rogers attended the 13th Annual Academy Awards with her mother, Lela Rogers, as her date. Since the world was in the middle of World War II at the time, the Academy requested that the attendees wore dark, understated clothing to respect the somber mood of the wartime reality. (Roughly seven months later, Pearl Harbor was bombed and America officially joined the fight.)

That year, Hollywood A-listers came in dresses that fell in between the black and white color spectrum and that used domestically made designs and fabrics. Rogers adhered to the evening's altered guidelines, and wore a gray silk dress with a bodice made from American-produced black lace. The dress also avoided excessive fabric, which would have looked garish during a time the country prepared for war rations. The neckline was also embellished with a floral diamond collar necklace, which added some glamour to the conservative look.

Her Oscar dress was made by costume designer Irene Gibbons, who first worked with Rogers in the 1937 film Shall We Dance, which also happened to be Gibbons' big break. It only made sense that Rogers asked the designer to create her big-moment gown.

That night Rogers won her first Oscar for her role in Kitty Foyle, which marked her transition from a sing-and-dance actress into a dramatic one.