Oscars 2011 Dress Trend: Purple Gowns on Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Scarlett Johansson, and More

Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman oscars 2011 purple dresses

Purple reigns: Scarlett Johansson, Cate Blanchett, Mila Kunis, and Natalie Portman at the 2011 Oscars.

There were grape expectations on the 2011 Oscars red carpet. Several A-list actresses appeared in various shades of purple, ranging from lavender to deep plum.

Mila Kunis was lovely in an Elie Saab chiffon gown with tiered lace detailing and grosgrain ribbon waist. The soft lilac hue looked great with her brunette coloring, and the low-cut bodice and sheer slices along the skirt were tastefully revealing.


Cate Blanchett was again the most experimental dresser, in pale violet Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci with touches of daffodil yellow at the shoulder. The sculptural, flange shoulders and leather-covered beaded embellishments showed Riccardo Tisci’s focus on Japanese robots, while the skirt flowed gracefully into fine pleats.


Scarlett Johansson stunned in a one-of-a-kind wine lace gown by Dolce & Gabbana. High-necked and modest in front, it steamed up with a cutaway back. Deep magenta inset lace panels outlined her curves.

Last on the red carpet, Natalie Portman fulfilled many Oscar-watchers’ dreams by wearing Rodarte. (The Mulleavy sisters behind Rodarte designed tutus for Portman’s film Black Swan but weren’t included in the Costume Design nomination; they’re also personal friends of Portman's.) She swathed her baby bump in a regal violet silk chiffon draped gown, its V-neck brightened with Swarovski crystals. Her beaded tassel Tiffany earrings continued the amethyst theme.

Did co-stars Kunis and Portman make like their movie and plan a copycat moment by dressing in the same color range? We bet they’ll be laughing about this during the after-party.

And see which other color was red hot at the 2011 Oscars.

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