GOLDIE HAWN

A design that allows for "movement and giddiness" makes what the 55-year-old actress calls "a Goldie dress," according to Hawn's frequent stylist Jane Ross. "She really knows how the public perceives her." After three decades of Oscar nights, the ultrafit mother of three (ages 14 to 24) "still looks fabulous in anything tight," Ross adds.

1971
Hawn didn't make it to the Oscars in 1970 when she was named Best Supporting Actress for Cactus Flower. A year later, as a presenter, she blossomed in a slip dress that not only had petals—it had legs. In 1997 Hawn's daughter, Almost Famous star Kate Hudson, then 17, borrowed it to wear to a tribute to her mom in New York City.

1976
As a cohost with Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, George Segal and mixed flowers and fur.

1981
The Best Actress nominee for Private Benjamin was awash in polka dots, ruffles and an out size bow.

1987
From ditzy to glitzy: The comic actress wore a beaded gown as a cohost with Paul Hogan and Chevy Chase.

1989
Paired with longtime beau Kurt Russell to present the Best Director Oscar to Rain Man's Barry Levinson, Hawn wore a jeweled and beaded chiffon gown by Bob Mackie.

1994
In her Calvin Klein bias-cut slip dress, the Best Original Score presenter felt "like I'm in a nightgown," Hawn said.

1995
When the clasp on Hawn's halter gown gave way as she arrived at a post-Oscar bash, Kurt Russell refastened it.

1996
Hawn presented the Oscar for Film Editing in mint-green Versace and some $850,000 worth of borrowed diamonds.

1997
Kurt Russell tripped over the train of the sequin-dusted Vera Wang gown Hawn wore to present Best Original Score.

1999
Did she diet before donning a slinky Versace? "Heavens, no!" said the presenter.

BARBRA STREISAND

Becoming so famous so fast in the period costumes of Funny Girl, the 26-year-old singer turned superstar "needed to be dressed as the dazzling, chic and modern girl she was," says designer Arnold Scaasi, who often outfitted the young Streisand. Now 58 and married to actor James Brolin, "Barbra," says her friend and favorite designer, Donna Karan, "has created a monumental style all her own."

1968
Postponed two days so as not to coincide with the funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the 40th Oscars ceremony featured Streisand—in roaring '20s dress and what was called her "Bob Dylan" hair—presenting the Best Song Award to "Talk to the Animals" singer Sammy Davis Jr. (accepting for the tune's absent composer Leslie Bricusse).

1969
The ensemble Streisand (with Jack Albertson) wore for her Funny Girl win was lined, says its designer Arnold Scaasi. "But the flashbulbs dissolved the black tulle fabric, and she looked nude!"

1970
In what Women's Wear Daily called "a nice pink bar-mitzvah-mother dress" and matching hat (by Scaasi), Streisand named John Wayne Best Actor for True Grit.

1977
Streisand, who designed her own tiered, pleated dress and matching jacket, shared the Best Song Award (for Evergreen" from A Star Is Born) with composer Paul Williams.

1991
She wore brocade and velvet to present the Best Picture Award to Dances With Wolves director Kevin Costner (left) and producer Jim Wilson.

1992
With The Prince of Tides up for Best Picture, its star and director attended in crimped hair and a crimped gown and jacket by Welsh designer Patricia Lester.

1997
Escorted by then-beau James Brolin, Streisand gussied up a Donna Karan shift-and-sweater ensemble with an elaborate Faberge necklace.

JANE FONDA

She has earned seven Oscar nominations, two Best Actress wins, and lasting fame for her offscreen work as a feminist, antiwar activist and fitness revolutionary. "Being a movie star," the 63-year-old Fonda has said, "is not a purpose." Yet on Oscar night, she always dresses the part—even though she quit makin movies in 1990.

1965
As an ingenue living with the French director Roger Vadim (ex-husband of French sex symbol Brigitte Bardot), attendee Fonda, then 27; was referred to by the press as "the American Bardot" That August she became the third Mrs. Vadim.

1972
Fonda(with Gne Hackman and Cloris Leach-man) accepted her first Oscar, for Klute, in a black knit pantsuit.

1979
For her Coming Home win, Fonda wore a spangled gown and, she said jokingly, "my blonde Farrah Fawcett wig."

1982
Because her father, Henry, was too ill to attend the Awards, Fonda (with, from left, niece Bridget, then-husband Tom Hayden, son Troy, daughter Vanessa and sister Amy) accepted his Best Actor Oscar for On Golden Pond.

1993
Exercising her interest in high fashion, the actress and aerobics guru was sleek in a silk crepe Versace alongside husband No. 3, Ted Turner.

1995
"People walked all over it," said Fonda of the train on her Versace gown. "But never mind, it doesn't show."

2000
After splitting with Turner, Fonda wore Vera Wang. She had planned to donate the gown to charity but kept the dress, saying, "I've fallen in love with it"

MERYL STREEP

"My daughter says I never look like a princess at these things," the mother of four once said. But with 12 Oscar nominations (and two wins), Streep ties with Katharine Hepburn for the title of Most Nominated Actor in Oscar history. The 51-year-old Streep "doesn't try to be something she's not," says stylist and designer L'Wren Scott. "Her style is honest and pure, a lot like her work."

1979
The Deer Hunter nominee said she sought out "something very simple that didn't look like a nightgown."

1980
Streep accepted her Best Supporting Actress award—her first Oscar—for Kramer vs. Kramer a suit by Pauline Trigere, then briefly left the statuette in a ladies' room stall.

1982
Nominated for The French Lieutenant's Woman, Streep (with her sculptor husband, Don Gummer) shopped at Manhattan's Henri Bendel for the frills of then-popular designer Kristian Leigh.

1983
Nearly seven months pregnant with her daughter Mary, the Best Actress winner for Sophie's Choice opted for off-the-rack shimmer. "The baby was kicking all night," said Streep.

1989
The Best Actress nominee (for A Cry in the Dark) paired a midnight-blue skirt with an off-the-shoulder top by Donna Karan.

2000
Joined by her daughter Grace, then 13, Streep celebrated her 12th Oscar nomination—for Music of the Heart—in an evening suit by Mary McFadden. "I decided to get dressed up," she said.

SUSAN SARANDON

One year—1998—she nearly skipped the Oscars. "I didn't know whether I could deal with the hassle of finding another dress," the 54-year-old actress admitted. Fortunately, designers have been happy to help out. "What inspires us about Susan," Stefano Gabbana of Dolce & Gabbana once said, "is that she's sexy in a down-to-earth way."

1983
To present the Best Supporting Actor award with Christopher Reeve, Sarandon wore a rhinestone-trimmed vintage dress and a coordinating flapper hairstyle.

1991
The lady in red turned heads with elegant upswept hair and Carolyne Roehm's flowing one-shouldered silk crepe gown.

1992
Eight months pregnant with third child Miles, the Thelma & Louise nominee dazzled in beaded velvet Valentino.

1993
Nominated for Lorenzo's Oil and aglow in Calvin Klein gold lame, Sarandon declared, "I am Oscar this year. That's my strategy."

1995
The star of The Client honored her Best Actress nomination No. 4 with a slinky halter gown by designer Richard Tyler.

1996
In Dolce & Gabbana, the Dead Man Walking winner was, said Stefano Gabbana, "our vision of how a modern, attractive woman should look for such a special evening."

1997
Sarandon chose a shimmery panne velvet column gown by Donna Karan to present the Best Actor Oscar (to Shine's Geoffrey Rush).

NICOLE KIDMAN

The never-nominated Kidman, 33, now in the midst of divorce proceedings with Tom Cruise, 38, is a winner in her own right, according to L.A. stylist Vincent Boucher: "She has metamorphosed from a young actress into a real fashion leader."

1991
Wearing a sequin-accented black Valentino minidress, Kidman accompanied her new husband, Tom Cruise, whom she had wed three months earlier in a Christmas Eve ceremony in Telluride, Colo.

1992
Starring that year with Cruise in the box office disappointment Far and Away, Kidman chose a long black gown.

1994
"It reminds me of a mermaid," said Kidman of the Valentino she wore as a presenter for Best Documentary. "I like the old '30s feel."

1996
Taking a break from black, Kidman decided on a lavender, Empire-waist Prada gown that some critics deemed "unflattering."

1997
"She came into her own with this silk gown," says former Oscar fashion consultant Fred Hayman of Kidman's chartreuse sheath by Christian Dior designer John Galliano.

2000
"It's spun gold and it's very comfortable," said Kidman of her Christian Dior gown by John Galliano. "I love the color."