9 Oscars Red Carpet Looks that Launched Major Trends

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Though Awards Season can seem like a baffling blend of formal attire, glittering gowns and fashion missteps, we always rely on the Oscars for a good dose of beautiful couture. When an actress is paired with the perfect, showstopping gown with a single element that can be translated into street style, a trend is born.

The recent cutout trend found its first audience on the 2012 red carpet, and the still-relevant tuxedo trend originated on the stage at the 2011 awards. As we eagerly anticipate what glamorous couture creations will inspire us at this year's Oscars, here are some of the gowns that kickstarted major trends in the past.

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