The Oscars Most Expensive Dresses In History

Preparing for the Academy Awards is not a cheap affair, especially if you’re a woman.

According to a celebrity stylist, most gowns worn to the Oscars cost between $5,000 and $15,000, which is itself only a small part of preparation costs for the night.

Many actresses wear millions of dollars worth of jewelry to the event, often diamond-based and – unsurprisingly – generally on loan. Stylists hired specifically for the purpose of dressing for the Oscars can cost between $1,500 to $6,000 per day.

One factor that blows dress prices through the roof is the value of advertising. In recent years, a thirty second advertising spot broadcast from the Academy Awards costs in the region of $1.7 million, meaning that a specific designer’s dress on the right actress could be worth millions of dollars in terms of advertising.

With these factors in mind, this article lists fifteen of the most expensive dresses ever worn to the Academy Awards. While for many dresses price are kept tightly under wraps — Lupita Nyong’o’s Prada periwinkle dress worn to this year’s Oscars, for example — others made headlines with their impressive costs, and more often than not their beautiful appearance.

7. Charlize Theron, 2013 — $100,000

While Charlize Theron‘s jewellry at the 2014 Academy Awards brought the price of her outfit up considerably — her Harry Winston diamond cuffs added around four million dollars to the cost of the ensemble — her simple and unfussy white gown didn’t come cheap either, costing around one hundred thousand dollars to produce.

The dress was Dior Couture and was custom-made, with clean, angular lines and all over crystal embellishment. This year’s Academy Awards ceremony marked the second year in a row Theron has stunned at the Oscars in Dior, contrasting her snow white 2013 gown with a structurally similar black Dior dress at this year’s Awards.