A Complete Breakdown of Anne Hathaway’s Oscar Costume Changes

Anne Hathaway made no less than seven costume changes as she hosted this year's Academy Awards -- from a red Valentino to a sparkly Tom Ford. Here, we break down each one.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Anne Hathaway and fashion designer Valentino arrive at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
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Rachel Zoe may be due next month, but she was one seriously busy bee in styling Anne Hathaway in no fewer than seven costume changes at this year's Academy Awards. Here, we break down each one, kicking off with a voluminous red Valentino.
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Valentino, pictured with Hathaway above, has long been famous for his glamorous red gowns. This one, from his Fall 2002 Couture collection, set the tone not only for a night of bright red dresses, but also for Hathaway's homage to old Hollywood glamour and high-fashion craftsmanship.
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Hathaway told Tim Gunn that upon learning she would host alongside James Franco, she sought advice from previous hostesses like Shirley MacLaine, who told her to "change clothes as often as possible." Like hilarious Whoopi Goldberg, pictured onstage in 2002, Hathaway used some costumes to slapstick advantage. We especially loved her "brown duck" leotard and orange feather headdress in the Black Swan spoof that opened the show.
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When Hathaway entered giddy and smiling in crystal-embellished white chiffon, we couldn't help thinking she looked bridal alongside Franco in his Gucci tux. Sure enough, the gown was shown with a wedding veil in Riccardo Tisci's 2009 couture collection for Givenchy.
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Paired with dazzling diamonds from Tiffany's archives, the look read old Hollywood glamour, which worked for Kirk Douglas. "Where were you when I was making pictures?" he asked the actress.
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This Lanvin tux, along with sparkling Brian Atwood heels and a spunky ponytail, was perfect for Hathaway's short song-and-dance number. Nobody does a bow-tie like Alber Elbaz, and we suspect we may be seeing more this spring.
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Hathaway looked happily at ease in every look, with the exception of this layered satin and lace Vivienne Westwood number. We're all for changing it up, but paired with platforms, candy-colored jewels, and hair that was way too "done," this look felt altogether incongruous.
This gold single-shouldered Oscar de la Renta, perfectly suited for Oscar's hostess, seemed to light her up. She shimmied the dress' tassels back and forth, remarking that one of the perks of her job is "getting to wear a dress that does this."
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Red was undoubtedly the shade of the evening. While most actresses opted for the fire-engine variety, we loved this Atelier Versace gown in a darker burgundy. It looked modern, fit Hathaway like a glove, and had a more sophisticated edge than the night's smattering of red gowns.
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Hathaway's sapphire-colored Armani Prive gown was a seriously fashion-forward choice that elicited strong reactions from both critics and couch potatoes alike. (At the Oscar party we visited, one guest said the dress was "made of the future.") With a simple side-part in her straight hair, and magenta lipstick to compliment the dress' vivid color, Hathaway wore it well -- though for merely a millisecond.
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This crystal-studded Tom Ford gown, however beautiful, felt a bit serious and somber in comparison with the rest of Hathaway's wardrobe. Paired with a low chignon, this look felt a little too heavy to close Hathaway's light-hearted performance, as much as we were thrilled to see a Ford dress at the event.
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After the ceremony, Hathaway changed back into the burgundy Versace, giving us - and a slew of photographers at the Vanity Fair party - a chance to really appreciate its impeccable fit and flowing train.
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