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The 82nd Academy Awards: The best and worst dressed

The Oscars, famous for the glitterati’s choice of dress as much as the coveted awards themselves, didn’t disappoint with ruffles and frills aplenty.

Strapless was by far the favoured choice of many of the a-list stars who graced the red carpet in Hollywood last night, matched with either straight column or voluminous full skirts. Sequins appeared to be tailing out, with structured ruffles and details taking their place for dramatic impact.

Drapers takes a look at the best and the worst Oscar dresses

Maggie Gyllenhaal, known for her love of fashion and quirky style chose a beautiful Dries Van Noten column gown for the evening. The brushstroke aqua blue dress stood out amongst the ubiquitous black, red and gold. The strapless silk dress looked modern and a perfect welcoming to spring.

Another good choice was that of Rachel McAdams in Ellie Saab. The pastel-print dress was accompanied by statement chandelier earrings and a cocktail ring. The romantic gown was made with panels of organza and mousseline with a sweetheart neckline and hand pleated bodice.

Cameron Diaz opted for old-school Hollywood glamour in a crystal covered Oscar de la Renta number. The floor length strapless gown was encrusted with silver sequins, finished off with simple hair and classic red lipstick.

Following the good is the bad and the ugly, and none was more offensive than Mariah Carey in Valentino Couture. The navy dress appeared to be two sizes too small and with a split up the thigh and cleavage on show it was car-crash couture.

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