Spring Couture Dresses That Might Make It to the Oscars Red Carpet

If there's one red carpet in the world that boasts the most vivid display of couture dresses, it's the Oscars. Here, the dresses that might make it to the carpet, and which have already been worn.

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Katy Perry wears a gown from Elie Saab's latest couture collection to the Grammy Awards.
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If there's one red carpet in the world that boasts the most vivid display of couture dresses, it's the Oscars, and increasingly, stylists and stars have been mining the Spring 2012 couture collections -- which are staged in January -- for red carpet outfits on Oscar night. Here, we break down which collections have already been worn to the hilt, and which still have a shot.
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Elie Saab's couture collections are incredibly popular for the gowns' flattering fits and gorgeous details. What's more, Oscar nominee for "The Artist" Berenice Bejo was spotted front row at the couture show in Paris, and has said previously that the designer's pieces are her absolute favorite.
Katy Perry recently wore a customized selection from the designer's pastel-hued Spring 2012 collection to the Grammys, meaning most stars will steer clear of another icy blue dress from the collection that looks too similar.
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Other colors and dresses remain up for grabs, like this peach dress by Elie Saab with petals embellished on the full tulle skirt.
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This semi-sheer gown by Elie Saab with exquisite floral embroidery would make a bold, high-fashion statement for the Academy Awards red carpet.
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Another semi-sheer option at Elie Saab taps into the continuing neutral look, with some sparkle mixed in.
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An icy pink gown at Elie Saab that boasts an elaborate, covered-up neckline.
Riccardo Tisci's couture offerings for Givenchy erred on the punky side, complete with nose rings and zippers. Naturally, more than a few editors started placing bets that "Dragon Tattoo"'s Rooney Mara would wear something from the collection.
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As things currently stand, however, quite a few starlets have already plucked outfits from the (relatively small) collection, leaving few choices for any actress (ahem, Rooney Mara) who might be lusting after something Givenchy for the Oscars. Zoe Saldana wore this white Givenchy couture gown to the Golden Globes.
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Rihanna recently wore a Givenchy couture gown with a plunging neckline to the BRIT Awards.
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Former French Vogue editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld wore a pair of embellished pants from the collection, paired with a more casual white shirt and black camisole.
A few options still remain. Rooney Mara wore a Givenchy gown from the label's Fall 2011 couture collection for "Dragon Tattoo"'s premiere in London, and many are hoping the star reprises a similar look, like this luxurious white gown, which is layered over a simple tank top.
One of the darker looks in the Givenchy couture collection, however, might be more palatable -- if still an edgy choice, complete with zippers and black sequins.
Giambattista Valli has become a mainstay for many of the younger stars on the red carpet, and some of the elegant, cap-sleeve gowns in his spring couture collection would be perfect for someone like Jessica Biel.
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Some pieces from the collection have already been worn at major events, however. Diane Kruger attended the premiere of "Les Adieux De La Reine" at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival wearing one of the collection's sequined looks.
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Another of the color-soaked gowns in Valli's couture collection featured a dramatic bow at the neck.
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Natalie Portman wore a look from the couture collection at the SAG Awards, though she favored one of the less showy gowns, meaning others are still available for Academy Award hopefuls.
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This simple white asymmetrical gown from Valli's couture collection has all the right red carpet ingredients: a flattering silhouette, an unexpected detail in the form of a silver bow. It's exactly the type of dress that would highlight, not overwhelm a film star.
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Stars like Jennifer Lopez and Kerry Washington have relied on Zuhair Murad's figure-flattering silhouettes in the past, and the couture offerings on the designer's runway this week featured a few red carpet-ready pieces like this mirrored gown.
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For stars looking to emulate the ubiquitous princess look, this glittery gown from Zuhair Murad's couture collection will do quite nicely.
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Taylor Swift recently wore a gilded couture creation from the designer's Fall 2011 collection at the Grammys, leaving pretty much everything from the Fall 2012 collection up for grabs.
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Jessica Chastain was sitting front row at the Armani Prive couture show when she found out she was nominated for her role in "The Help," and even earned a standing ovation from the crowd. She reportedly favored the green dresses in the collection, which would look incredibly flattering on a redhead.
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As far as we could tell, no one has worn anything from this particular collection, meaning Chastain (or anyone else) would have her pick of the couture gowns. Another yellow-green dress from the Armani Prive collection featured exquisite sequins and a seriously cool, asymmetrical neckline.
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Similarly, Christian Dior's latest couture collection -- filled with classic-looking gowns with just a hint of sex appeal -- hasn't really been mined for any red carpets since its debut.
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For a seriously statement-making look, this voluminous red dress from the Christian Dior haute couture collection certainly demands attention, and would flatter almost any shape.
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We wouldn't have dared dream that someone would wearing this bold orange lace gown from Jean Paul Gaultier's couture collection to a major red carpet event, but Fergie came through at the Grammys. Whether that was a fashion "do" or "don't" is still up for interpretation.
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This year marked Atelier Versace's big return to the couture calendar, which virtually guarantees someone will be rocking the label on the Oscars red carpet. The biggest contenders were curve-hugging and a bit avant-garde -- the perfect choice for one of the industry's tall blondes.
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Thus far, the collection hasn't been mined by any of the industry's up-and-coming starlets; This bright orange, slightly futuristic-looking gown from the Atelier Versace couture collection would be a daring choice for one of the industry's younger, bolder stars.
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With a few modifications (a slip, for example), this architectural gown from Atelier Versace would pack a punch on the Oscars red carpet.
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Valentino has become a big name on the Academy Awards red carpet, though this season's couture offerings felt a bit less over-the-top. That said, options like this flower-embellished gown would make a less predictable counterpoint to Elie Saab's pastels, especially for some of the evening's younger actresses.
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Similarly, if one looks past the costume-like ruffled collar and dramatic hair and makeup, this ultra-feminine gown -- with its plunging neckline and sheer skirt -- would be a lovely choice for one of the night's fashion-forward brunettes.
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