With hours to go until the 89th Academy awards (Oscars 2017), what the stars wear is now almost as important as what they win. So for inspiration TBB has selected some of the best red carpet looks from our favourite stars.

Kerry Washington – Never one to play it safe, the Scandal actress became a gladiator of fashion in this coral Miu Miu dress at the 2013 event. The sequin encrusted bodice provided all the bling that was required.
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David Oyelowo – Whilst he may have been overlooked for a nomination, the Selma actor ensured he wasn’t overlooked on the red carpet in this wine-coloured Dolce & Gabbana tuxedo with contrasting red waistcoat and bow-tie.
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Jada Pinkett-Smith – Before boycotting the awards amid the #OscarsSoWhite campaign, Jada always made a statement with a knock-out dress. Clinging in all the right places, the soft pink Atelier Versace number clung in all the right places.
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Lupita N’Yongo – Topping off an award season fashion slayage that saw her out-dress every other nominee, this powder blue Prada gown guaranteed the Oscar-winning actress a place on best-dressed lists for all time.
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Idris Elba – As if any further proof was needed as to his suitability for the role of Bond, the Luther-star showed just how good he looks in a tuxedo. Bonus points gained from women everywhere for bringing his daughter as his date.
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Halle Berry – The see-through embroidered dress Halle wore as the first African-American to win Best Actress is legendary, but we think the shimmering gold Elie Saab dress worn a year later wins best dress.
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Michael B. Jordan – As well as re-booting the Rocky movie franchise in 2015’s Creed, the film’s young lead rebooted red carpet fashion pairing a sharp suit with metallic monkstrap Givenchy loafers.
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Naomie Harris – Nominated this year in the Best Supporting Actress category, we hope the hand-embroidered golden dress worn in 2014 by Ghanaian-born designer Michael Badger is a good omen for things to come.
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Chiwetel Ejiofor – For the 2015 awards, the 12 Years a Slave actor paired a bow-tie with a satin shawl collared Prada suit for a classic look.
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Dorothy Dandridge – Some 48 years before Halle Berry won Best Actress, the Carmen Jones star was the first African American to be nominated in the category. Her fur wrap and floor-length gown is a style as enduring as her performance.
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Carmen Ejogo
At the height of the #OscarsSoWhite campaign The Academy’s Instagram feed embarrassingly mistook the Selma actress for her co-star Tessa Thompson, but there was no mistaking Ejogo’s elegance in a sparkling sequined Houghton gown.
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Common – Winning an Oscar for Best Original Song, the rapper looked glorious in a trend setting midnight-blue velvet Prada tuxedo and white bow-tie.
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Article by Samantha Ellington