How Oscars fashion has evolved since the 1930s

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WATCH How fashion at the Oscars has evolved since the 1930s

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It's a question that's shouted at every awards show and will be asked at this year's Oscars.

The fashion on the red carpet has come along way since the very first Academy Awards in 1929.

In fact, there wasn't even an Oscars red carpet until 1961.

But there has always been fashion. From Ingrid Bergman and Grace Kelly to Cher and Lady Gaga, the style on the Oscars red carpet has come a long way.

Here's how it's evolved over the years:

The 1930s

PHOTO: From left; writer Hanns Kraly, President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences William C. DeMille, actress Mary Pickford and actor Warner Baxter attend the Oscars in Hollywood, Calif., April 4, 1930. Getty Images, FILE
From left; writer Hanns Kraly, President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences William C. DeMille, actress Mary Pickford and actor Warner Baxter attend the Oscars in Hollywood, Calif., April 4, 1930.

Screen legends including Mary Pickford, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford reigned at the Oscars in the '30s. Attending the Academy Awards back then was like getting invited to a ball.

So Cinderella-style gowns, fur shawls and pearls were a must.

The 1940s

PHOTO: Ingrid Bergman holds her Oscar for best actress for her role in the film Gaslight, at the Academy Awards, March 15, 1945. Getty Images, FILE
Ingrid Bergman holds her Oscar for best actress for her role in the film "Gaslight," at the Academy Awards, March 15, 1945.

In the '40s, we had classics like "Gone With The Wind" and "Gaslight." Bergman's outfit was a standout look from the 1945 Oscars. The actress reportedly received pressure to "dress up" for the award show and her response was to sport a simple black frock.

The 1950s

PHOTO: Grace Kelly and William Holden attend the 27th Academy Awards ceremony. Corbis via Getty Images, FILE
Grace Kelly and William Holden attend the 27th Academy Awards ceremony.

Who could forget Kelly's iconic ice-blue silk gown when she won the best actress award for "The Country Girl" in 1955? The dress, designed by costume designer Edith Head, is one of the most iconic looks in Oscar fashion history.

The 1960s

PHOTO: Barbra Streisand holds her Oscar for best actress for her performance as Fanny Brice in the musical comedy-drama movie Funny Girl. Getty Images, FILE
Barbra Streisand holds her Oscar for best actress for her performance as Fanny Brice in the musical comedy-drama movie "Funny Girl."

We were all shouting "Hello, Gorgeous!" when Barbra Streisand won her first Oscar for "Funny Girl," accepting the award in a high-fashion sheer pants suit.

The 1970s

PHOTO: Donald Sutherland sits next to Jane Fonda at the Academy Awards. Getty Images, FILE
Donald Sutherland sits next to Jane Fonda at the Academy Awards.

Pants suits became a red carpet trend of the '70s. Jane Fonda's 1972 Oscars look -- when she sported an all black Yves Saint Lauren pants suit, making an anti-Vietnam War statement -- is particularly famous.

The 1980s

PHOTO: Cher attends the Academy Awards, March 24, 1986, in Los Angeles. Getty Images, FILE
Cher attends the Academy Awards, March 24, 1986, in Los Angeles.

And then there was Cher. Presenters at the 1986 Academy Awards were given a dress code --- one that Cher did not abide by. She sauntered on stage in a show-stopping Bob Mackie headdress, a look that made us all moonstruck.

The 1990s

PHOTO: Gwyneth Paltrow attends the 71st annual Academy Awards. Getty Images, FILE
Gwyneth Paltrow attends the 71st annual Academy Awards.

The '90s! We were (Shakespeare) in love with Gwyneth Paltrow's pink Ralph Lauren gown. Not only did she take home the award for best actress in 1999, but she was also the best dressed that night.

The early 2000s

PHOTO: Bjork attends the 73rd annual Academy Awards. Getty Images, FILE
Bjork attends the 73rd annual Academy Awards.

One of the most talked about red carpet looks of all time is Björk's swan dress at the 2001 Academy Awards.

PHOTO: Nicole Kidman attends the 79th annual Academy Awards. Getty Images, FILE
Nicole Kidman attends the 79th annual Academy Awards.

For a less eccentric 2000s look, Nicole Kidman reigns queen of Oscars red carpet fashion. Her Balenciaga red dress at the 2007 Academy Awards is one of our favorites.

The 2010s

PHOTO: Recording artist Lady Gaga attends the 88th annual Academy Awards. Getty Images, FILE
Recording artist Lady Gaga attends the 88th annual Academy Awards.

We were gaga for this red carpet look from Lady Gaga, who is nominated this year. Gaga's stylist designed this white suit for her epic Oscars appearance.

We can't wait to see what the "A Star Is Born" actress will show up in this year.