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2012 Oscars: Red Carpet arrivals

Old Hollywood glamour reigns supreme

Elegant vintage designs and intricate jewellery set the tone at this year's Academy Awards, as A-listers opt for classic starlet styles complemented by ultra-feminine hair and make-up.

From Michelle Williams strutting in Louis Vuitton to Jessica Chastain stunning the crowds with Alexander McQueen, take a look at the outfits that wowed on the Oscars red carpet...

Which was your favourite dress of the 84th Academy Awards? You can let us know on Twitter and in the Comments box below. Read about all the evening's winners and see who went home with an Oscar here

Words: Anna Pollitt

Picture Credits: Getty Images

  • Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Angelina Jolie

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    Angelina Jolie is characteristically vampy in a… More details

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Angelina Jolie

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Angelina Jolie

    Angelina Jolie is characteristically vampy in a sexy split-to-the-thigh black Atelier Versace gown.

    Those who can tear their eyes away from her dress may note delicate Neil Lane jewellery and a tiny Jaime Mascaro clutch.

  • Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Brad Pitt

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    Brad Pitt, up for Best Actor for Moneyball, keeps… More details

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Brad Pitt

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Brad Pitt

    Brad Pitt, up for Best Actor for Moneyball, keeps it sleek with a classic tuxedo and well-groomed hair.

  • Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Penelope Cruz

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    Penelope Cruz is no stranger to making an impact… More details

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Penelope Cruz

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Penelope Cruz

    Penelope Cruz is no stranger to making an impact on the Oscars red carpet and the 84th Academy Awards are no exception. The Spanish actress looks out-of-this-world in a sheer blue custom-made Armani Prive organza gown.

  • Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Cameron Diaz

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    Cameron Diaz hits a high note in a nude strapless… More details

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Cameron Diaz

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Cameron Diaz

    Cameron Diaz hits a high note in a nude strapless Gucci Premiere gown with a sweeping flared train and shimmering silver trim.

  • Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Gwyneth Paltrow

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    Gwyneth Paltrow's white dress and cape from Tom… More details

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Gwyneth Paltrow

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Gwyneth Paltrow

    Gwyneth Paltrow's white dress and cape from Tom Ford's much-anticipated fall collection has divided opinion. Some have drawn unfavourable comparisons with Celine Dion's infamous 1999 Oscars white tuxedo, while others have crowned her the ceremony's style queen.

    Let us know whether you think it’s a fabulous fashion statement or an outfit to regret in the comments box below.

  • Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Natalie Portman

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    Red Carpet fashion veteran Natalie Portman wows… More details

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Natalie Portman

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Natalie Portman

    Red Carpet fashion veteran Natalie Portman wows in a red polka-dot vintage 1954 Haute Couture Christian Dior dress.

    A stunning $2 million yellow diamond necklace by Harry Winston offsets her strapless gown nicely.

  • Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Viola Davis

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    Viola Davis, Best Actress nominee for The Help,… More details

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Viola Davis

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Viola Davis

    Viola Davis, Best Actress nominee for The Help, radiates elegance in a strapless emerald Vera Wang dress, complemented by her new youthful hairstyle.

  • Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Sandra Bullock

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    Sandra Bullock looks regal in a black, white and… More details

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Sandra Bullock

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Sandra Bullock

    Sandra Bullock looks regal in a black, white and gold Marchesa gown and sleek high ponytail.

  • Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Meryl Streep

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    Meryl Streep, Best Actress winner for The Iron… More details

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Meryl Streep

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Meryl Streep

    Meryl Streep, Best Actress winner for The Iron Lady, glitters in a low-cut metallic gold Lanvin gown.

    As a homage to Margaret Thatcher, who she portrays in the film, Streep wore shoes by the former prime minister's favourite designer, Salvatore Ferragamo.

  • Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Michelle Williams

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    Best actress nominee Michelle Williams is radiant… More details

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Michelle Williams

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Michelle Williams

    Best actress nominee Michelle Williams is radiant in a coral red Louis Vuitton strapless peplum dress, offset by a simple Fred Leighton necklace and bow-shaped brooch.

    The stunning fashion moment may even top the My Week with Marilyn actress' famous 2006 Oscars look, when she attracted attention for her beautiful canary yellow Vera Wang gown and bright red lips combo.

  • Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Rooney Mara

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    With grace and glamour reminiscent of the late… More details

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Rooney Mara

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Rooney Mara

    With grace and glamour reminiscent of the late Audrey Hepburn, it is fitting that Rooney Mara chose the legend's favourite designer, Givenchy, for her Oscars debut.

    The gamine actress, up for Best Actress for Girl With a Dragon Tattoo, wears a delicate ivory floor-length gown from Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci , toughened up with her strong dark brows, razor sharp fringe and scarlet lips.

  • Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Jessica Chastain

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    Jessica Chastain, Best Supporting actress nominee… More details

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Jessica Chastain

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Jessica Chastain

    Jessica Chastain, Best Supporting actress nominee for The Help, opts for an edgy Alexander McQueen strapless gown, adorned with stunning burnt gold embroidery.

  • Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Milla Jovovich

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    Milla Jovovich is superb in a sequin encrusted… More details

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Milla Jovovich

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Milla Jovovich

    Milla Jovovich is superb in a sequin encrusted ivory Elie Saab Haute Couture gown and Edie Parker hard shell clutch, complemented by a bold cherry lip tint and wavy 1940s hair.

  • Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Jennifer Lopez

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    Jennifer Lopez goes againt the Oscars fashion… More details

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Jennifer Lopez

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Jennifer Lopez

    Jennifer Lopez goes againt the Oscars fashion grain with a cleavage-baring sheer and silver Zuhair Murad couture gown that was custom-made for the star.

    She's also clutching a Salvatore Ferragamo minaudiere.

  • Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: George Clooney & Stacy Kiebler

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    George Clooney, nominated for Best Actor for The… More details

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: George Clooney & Stacy Kiebler

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: George Clooney & Stacy Kiebler

    George Clooney, nominated for Best Actor for The Descendants, escorts a Marchesa-clad Stacy Keibler to the ceremony.

  • Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Glenn Close

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    Glenn Close, nominated for Best Actress for… More details

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Glenn Close

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Glenn Close

    Glenn Close, nominated for Best Actress for Albert Nobbs, is in a structured midnight green Zac Posen dress with matching jacket. She adds some sparkle with statement Bulgari earrings.

  • Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Berenice Bejo

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    The Artist star Berenice Bejo eptiomises old… More details

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Berenice Bejo

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Berenice Bejo

    The Artist star Berenice Bejo eptiomises old Hollywood glamour in a shimmering mint green Elie Saab dress.

  • Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Octavia Spencer

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    Octavia Spencer, who won the Best Supporting… More details

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Octavia Spencer

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Octavia Spencer

    Octavia Spencer, who won the Best Supporting Actress award for her role in The Help, is understated and elegant in Tadashi Shoji, complemented by earrings from Neil Lane and a Judith Lieber clutch.

  • Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Melissa McCarthy

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    Bridesmaids star Melissa McCarthy, nominated for… More details

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Melissa McCarthy

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Melissa McCarthy

    Bridesmaids star Melissa McCarthy, nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the hit comedy, wears a romantic, floaty gown by Marina Rinaldi, with jewels by Chopard.

  • Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Maya Rudolph

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    The woman who put the bride in Bridesmaids, Maya… More details

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Maya Rudolph

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Maya Rudolph

    The woman who put the bride in Bridesmaids, Maya Rudolph, looks immaculate in a custom-made purple Johanna Johnson gown, worn with classic side-swept hair.

  • Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Emma Stone

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    The Help star Emma Stone braves a fuschia… More details

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Emma Stone

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Emma Stone

    The Help star Emma Stone braves a fuschia Giambattista Valli Haute Couture gown.

    It's striking neck bow is reminscent of the stunning deep red Balenciaga gown Nicole Kidman wore to the 2007 Oscars ceremony.

  • Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Missi Pyle

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    The Artist star Missi Pyle goes for a Grecian… More details

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Missi Pyle

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Missi Pyle

    The Artist star Missi Pyle goes for a Grecian Goddess look in a mint green eco-friendly dress made by Miami Fashion student Valentina Delfino.

  • Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Judy Greer

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    The Descendants actress Judy Greer is statuesque… More details

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Judy Greer

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Judy Greer

    The Descendants actress Judy Greer is statuesque in a bold black and silver design by Monique Lhuillier.

  • Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Shailene Woodley

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    Shailene Woodley, who plays the daughter to… More details

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Shailene Woodley

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Shailene Woodley

    Shailene Woodley, who plays the daughter to George Clooney's character in The Descendants, wears an elegant white Valentino Couture gown to her first Oscars ceremony.

  • Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Jane Seymour

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    Jane Seymour goes for full on glamour in a… More details

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Jane Seymour

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Jane Seymour

    Jane Seymour goes for full on glamour in a dazzling red sequinned dress.

  • Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Kelly Ripa

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    Kelly Ripa opts for a pale lemon gown from Renee… More details

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Kelly Ripa

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Kelly Ripa

    Kelly Ripa opts for a pale lemon gown from Renee Zellweger's favourite designer, Carolina Herrera.

  • Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: P-Diddy

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    P Diddy should look this perfect - he took his… More details

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: P-Diddy

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: P-Diddy

    P Diddy should look this perfect - he took his own personal lint roller to the ceremony, and was pictured being groomed by the assistant before stepping onto the red carpet. His suit was by Spencer Hart.

  • Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Tina Fey

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    Tina Fey was dressed by Carolina Herrera and… More details

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Tina Fey

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Tina Fey

    Tina Fey was dressed by Carolina Herrera and accessorised her peplum dress with Bulgari jewels and a metallic clutch by Roger Vivier.

  • Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Ellie Kemper

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    Bridesmaids star Ellie Kemper shimmers in a… More details

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Ellie Kemper

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Ellie Kemper

    Bridesmaids star Ellie Kemper shimmers in a stunningly ornate bronze and gold gown by Armani, which is perfectly complemented by her sleek up-do.

  • Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Rose Byrne

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    Bridesmaids star Rose Byrne shuns old Hollywood… More details

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Rose Byrne

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Rose Byrne

    Bridesmaids star Rose Byrne shuns old Hollywood vintage in favour of shimmery sex appeal with this sequinned Vivienne Westwood number.

  • Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Anna Faris

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    Anna Faris was another comedy actress who opted… More details

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Anna Faris

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Anna Faris

    Anna Faris was another comedy actress who opted for black sequins, rocking the red carpet with a backless Diane von Furstenberg gown, complemented by Tiffany earrings, sharp blonde bob and bright red nails.

  • Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Colin Firth and Livia Giuggioli

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    Colin Firth and Livia Firth are possibly the most… More details

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Colin Firth and Livia Giuggioli

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Colin Firth and Livia Giuggioli

    Colin Firth and Livia Firth are possibly the most eco-friendly couple on the red carpet. The actor is recycling the tuxedo he wore to last year’s ceremony, while his wife is making a statement in a bespoke Valentino gown – made from recycled plastic.

  • Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Pharell Williams

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    Pharrell Williams sports a well-tailored… More details

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Pharell Williams

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Pharell Williams

    Pharrell Williams sports a well-tailored three-piece suit and velvet bow-tie.

  • Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Princess Charlene and Prince Albert of Monaco

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    The Oscars is graced by royalty as Grace Kelly's… More details

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Princess Charlene and Prince Albert of Monaco

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Princess Charlene and Prince Albert of Monaco

    The Oscars is graced by royalty as Grace Kelly's son, Prince Albert II of Monaco, escorts his wife Princess Charlene to the ceremony.

    The princess dressed up her simple Akris pleated gown with diamond drop earrings and an elegant up-do

  • Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Sacha Baron Cohen

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    Sacha Baron Cohen, who turned up in character as… More details

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Sacha Baron Cohen

    Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals: Sacha Baron Cohen

    Sacha Baron Cohen, who turned up in character as "The Dictator," accessorises his comedy costume with two uniformed female minders.

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