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Iconic Oscars red-carpet dresses through the years: Where are they now?


What happens to an Oscar gown once the party’s over? Some end up back in a designer’s archive. Some get sold off or donated to a museum. And a few are worn again and again.

Here, in anticipation of Sunday night’s 2020 Oscars ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in LA, a look at the afterlife of eight iconic dresses worn at the Academy Awards.

Lupita Nyong’o’s stolen pearls, 2015

Nyong’o almost lost the $150,000 pearl-encrusted Calvin Klein column she wore to the 2015 ceremony, after it was stolen from her room while she was attending an after-party. Authorities found the gown at the hotel’s public bathroom two days later, but never caught the thief, who later claimed to TMZ that the pearls were fake. The dress is now back at Calvin Klein, where it’s been restored and archived.

Lupita Nyong'o at the 2015 Oscars in Calvin Klein
Lupita Nyong’o at the 2015 Oscars in Calvin KleinWireImage

Björk’s swan dress, 2001

The Icelandic chanteuse donned this infamous feathered frock multiple times after she wore it for the Oscars, including on tour and on the cover of her 2001 album “Vespertine.” She eventually auctioned it off for the charitable organization Oxfam, but its designer Marjan Pejoski has a second version he made her, which has since been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art and the “Camp: Notes on Fashion” show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute.

Björk at the 2001 Oscars in Marjan Pejoski
Björk at the 2001 Oscars in Marjan PejoskiRon Davis

Susan Sarandon’s bronze winner, 1996

This russet stunner — which launched Italian design duo Dolce & Gabbana as a major red-carpet brand — is currently the only Oscars dress in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection. Sarandon, fresh off her Best Actress win that year, personally delivered it to the museum herself.

Susan Surandon at the 1996 Oscars in Dolce & Gabbana
Susan Surandon at the 1996 Oscars in Dolce & GabbanaCorbis via Getty Images

Audrey Hepburn’s “lucky” lace, 1954

Hepburn first wore this demure white dress — by costumer Edith Head — in the film “Roman Holiday,” and then altered the bodice so she could wear it to collect her first Oscar. The actress gave it to her mother, who gifted it to a friend, who kept it in a box at the bottom of a wardrobe for years. It eventually sold at auction for a whopping £84,000 (or nearly $109,000) to a private collector in 2011.

Audrey Hepburn at the 1954 Oscars in costumer Edith Head
Audrey Hepburn at the 1954 Oscars in costumer Edith HeadNBCUniversal via Getty Images

Natalie Portman’s vintage polka dots, 2012

This strapless organza gown from French couturier Christian Dior’s 1954 collection — which the actress borrowed from NYC dealer Rare Vintage — sold at auction for $50,000 to a private collector.

Natalie Portman at the 2012 Oscars in vintage Christian Dior
Natalie Portman at the 2012 Oscars in vintage Christian DiorWireImage

Viola Davis’ victorious Armani, 2017

Davis’ stylist Elizabeth Stewart tells The Post that the actress still has the stunning scarlet sheath she wore to pick up her Best Supporting Actress award for “Fences” in 2017 — and that she plans to wear it again. “We know we’ll put some fun twist on it,” Stewart says.

Viola Davis at the 2017 Oscars in Armani
Viola Davis at the 2017 Oscars in ArmaniJordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Cher’s shocking showgirl get-up, 1986

Cher still has the belly-baring sequined ensemble and feather headdress she wore to provoke the academy, which had sent a scold-y memo asking actresses to please dress appropriately for the Oscars that year. Designer Bob Mackie recently re-created the notorious gown — and many others — for Broadway’s “The Cher Show,” for which he won a Tony for Best Costume Design.

Cher at the 1986 Oscars in Bob Mackie
Cher at the 1986 Oscars in Bob MackieAlamy Stock Photo

Lizzy Gardiner’s credit-card dress, 1995

Costume designer Gardiner caused a scandal when she picked up a statue for “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” in a dress she made out of American Express Gold Cards, which was interpreted as a commentary on the excesses of  Hollywood. The offending outfit is now at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia.

Lizzy Gardiner at the 1995 Oscars in an American Express credit-card dress
Lizzy Gardiner at the 1995 Oscars in an American Express credit-card dressRon Galella Collection via Getty

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