What happens to an Oscar dress once the party ends? Some end up in a designer's file. Some are sold or donated to a museum. And a few are used again and again.
Here, in anticipation of the 2020 Oscar ceremony on Sunday night at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, a look at life after the death of eight iconic dresses worn at the Academy Awards.
The stolen pearls of Lupita Nyong’o’o, 2015
Nyong’o almost lost Calvin Klein's column with $ 150,000 pearl inlay that he used for the 2015 ceremony, after it was stolen from his room while attending a later party. Authorities found the dress in the public bathroom of the hotel two days later, but never caught the thief, who then told TMZ that the pearls were fake. The dress is now back in Calvin Klein, where it has been restored and filed.
Björk swan dress, 2001
The Icelandic singer dressed this infamous feather dress several times after she used it for the Oscars, even on the tour and on the cover of her 2001 album "Vespertine." He finally auctioned it for the charitable organization Oxfam, but its designer Marjan Pejoski has made it a second version, which has since been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art and the show "Camp: Notes on Fashion" at the Museum of Costume Museum Metropolitan of Art.
Bronze winner of Susan Sarandon, 1996
This reddish stunner, which launched the Italian design duo Dolce & Gabbana as an important red carpet brand, is currently the only Oscar dress in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection. Sarandon, fresh from his victory for Best Actress that year, personally handed him over to the museum.
The "Lucky" Lace by Audrey Hepburn, 1954
Hepburn first wore this demure white dress, from the editor Edith Head, in the movie "Roman Holiday", and then altered the bodice so she could use it to pick up her first Oscar. The actress gave it to her mother, who gave it to a friend, who kept it in a box at the bottom of a closet for years. It was finally sold at a whopping auction of £ 84,000 (or almost $ 109,000) to a private collector in 2011.
Vintage polka dots by Natalie Portman, 2012
This strapless organza dress from the 1954 collection of French designer Christian Dior, which the actress borrowed from the New York dealership Rare Vintage, was sold at auction for $ 50,000 to a private collector.
The victorious Armani by Viola Davis, 2017
Davis's stylist Elizabeth Stewart tells The Post that the actress still has the impressive scarlet sheath she used to get her Best Supporting Actress award for "Fences" in 2017, and that she plans to use it again. "We know we will give it a fun touch," says Stewart.
The shocking showgirl costume of Cher, 1986
Cher still has the set of sequins and feather headdress she wore to provoke the academy, which had sent a scolding memo asking actresses to dress appropriately for the Oscars that year. Designer Bob Mackie recently recreated the famous dress, and many others, for Broadway's "The Cher Show," for which he won a Tony for Best Costume Design.
Lizzy Gardiner Credit Card Dress, 1995
Costume designer Gardiner caused a scandal when she picked up a statue of "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" in a dress she made with American Express Gold Cards, which was interpreted as a commentary on Hollywood's excesses. The offensive outfit is now in the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia.