At this Sunday’s Academy Awards, there are sure to be some stunning dresses on the red carpet. And while we can’t wait to see what kind of glamazon gowns Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita Nyong’o, and Sandra Bullock choose for the big occasion, we also absolutely 100 percent cannot wait to see the clunkers. Because, sometimes, the funnier outfits and total fashion missteps are far more entertaining.
In the spirit of the Oscars, let’s take a look back at some of the wildest—and most memorably bad—gowns from red carpets of yesteryear. Which one do you think is the absolute funniest? Tell us in the comments below.
Bjork‘s Marjan Pejoski swan dress at the 2001 Academy Awards has become the standard by which all wild-and-crazy Oscars dresses are measured. Really, this kooky getup takes the cake. But I secretly love it.
Remember that time Celine Dion wore a white Christian Dior tux BACKWARD at the 1999 Oscars?
Uma Thurman‘s peasant-girl-chic dress at the 2004 Academy Awards was designed by Christian Lacroix. For this one, I’d argue that there is a certain beauty to this look, but perhaps it was the wrong place and wrong time to whip it out.
Oh Cher. Never a wallflower. Especially not in this wild Bob Mackie showgirl-inspired look at the 1986 Oscars.
We can almost forgive Geena Davis‘ can-can-girl dress (complete with black tights, whyyyyyy) at the 1992 Oscars, mostly because it was the early ’90s, and this sort of thing tended to happen a lot in the early ’90s.
Here’s a bonus dress—not as wild, but definitely a controversial look: Gwyneth Paltrow‘s Alexander McQueen goth look at the 2002 Oscars was already pretty out-of-character—but then to leave her bra at home? Questionable decision. And much-dissected in the press afterward.