When it comes to the Oscars, it’s all about the fashion.
In anticipation of this year’s 92nd annual Academy Awards (taking place on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC) we’re taking a look back at some of the most expensive Oscar’s dresses ever—including one worn by Grace Kelly.
In 1955, Kelly caused quite a stir with her choice of dress for the Academy Awards. Her draped green gown with double spaghetti straps wasn't scandalous because of its form-fitting silhouette (Marilyn Monroe was pretty much monopolizing the public's attention for sexy ensembles) or the fact that it was Kelly's second time wearing it (she first wore the gown to the New York premiere of The Country Girl). Instead, it was the $4,000 price tag that really got the people talking. Nowadays, that seems like a bargain.
But just how different is the cost of an Oscars dress now from Grace Kelly's day? In 2014 Cate Blanchett wore an Armani Privé gown that cost $100,000 and accessorized with Chopard jewels estimated to be worth £18 million, bringing her total look to a whopping $18.1 million. Yeah. (It should be noted that the jewelry was only on loan, but still.)