Janet Gaynor won the first Best Actress Academy Award winner ever, for her performances in "Seventh Heaven," "Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans," and "Street Angel." She wore a simple nautical-inspired dress which she’d purchased off the rack.
Last year, Jennifer Lawrence won the Best Actress Academy Award for "Silver Linings Playbook." She wore a voluminous Dior gown.
And then there were the 65 dresses worn by the winners in-between.
Judging by the dresses, the early Oscar ceremonies weren’t anywhere near the ostentatious affairs they are today. Early awardees wore dresses they’d made themselves, bought off the rack, or used the services of one of the costume designers they’d worked with.
Here’s an infographic from Mediarun, featuring all 67 dresses: