Red Carpet Oscars

Who wore what and why


Dijanna Mulhearn looks beyond the glamour and explores the evolution of celebrity red-carpet fashion on Hollywood’s most famous runway.


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Dijanna Mulhearn


Who inspired Marilyn Monroe’s signature bombshell look?

What did Jane Fonda wear in protest of the Vietnam War?

What was the symbolism behind Halle Berry’s dress for her 2002 Oscar win?

The red carpet is so much more than fabulous gowns on famous people; it reflects the styles and values of each era and has become a platform to make social statements. Red Carpet Oscars presents over ninety years of fashion worn at the event since its inception in 1929, charting what the stars wore and why. From homemade and pre-loved dresses to ready-to-wear and haute couture, it tracks the style evolution of Hollywood’s leading stars, the commercialisation of the red carpet and the radical shifts that reshaped formal dressing.

This comprehensive chronological survey showcases a thousand looks across almost a century. In addition to carefully curated images of the most iconic and inspiring outfits, each entry reveals the stories behind the looks along with the social and political influences of the time. Fashion writer Dijanna Mulhearn has compiled the ultimate resource that celebrates both the glamour and the impact of Hollywood’s most famous red carpets.

Additional information

Weight 2742 g
Dimensions 22.2 x 29.7 cm
Publisher name Thames & Hudson Australia Pty Ltd
Publication date 8 February 2023
Number of pages
Format Hardback
Dimensions 22.2 x 29.7 cm
Weight 2742 g


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Dijanna Mulhearn is a Sydney-based author with over 30 years of experience in the fashion industry, including coordinating fashion week shows, managing public relations for Prada and Harper's BAZAAR, and consulting for top-tier luxury brands such as Ralph Lauren and global giant LVMH. She has a Masters Degree in Communication Design from RMIT and uses her extensive knowledge to explore and decipher subliminal messaging through attire. Dijanna is highly sought after as a public speaker and fashion consultant.