Dramatic Ruffled Gowns Were All the Rage at the 2022 Academy Awards

Nicole Kidman at the 94th Annual Academy Awards
Nicole Kidman at the 94th Annual Academy Awards. Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Shutterstock (12862761hp)

From ravishing reds gowns to menswear-inspired ensembles, this year’s Academy Awards gave us more amazing fashion trends than we can count. If we had to pick one that stole the show, dramatic ruffled gowns would make the cut, and here are some of the stars who gave this trend their seal of approval.

Jada Pinkett Smith

Smith delivered one of the most over-the-top looks of the entire evening in her emerald Jean-Paul Gautier gown with a dramatic train adorned with rows upon rows of ruffles.

Billie Eilish

Speaking of dramatic dresses featuring more rows of ruffles than we can count, Eilish also embraced this trend in her oversized black Gucci gown.

Kirsten Dunst

Dunst proved you can wear layers of ruffles without looking too extravagant in her silk-and-tulle ruffled strapless gown by Christian Lacroix.

Nicole Kidman

Kidman proved it’s possible to strike the right balance when it comes to ruffles. She hit the red carpet in a light blue Armani Privé bustier gown, accented by a ruffled peplum skirt.

Jessica Chastain

Chastain embraced ruffles in a more subtle way, just like Kidman, and still managed to look magnificent. She picked up her first Oscar in stunning gold and pink Gucci gown, adorned with an organza ruffle-trimmed hem.