Taraji P. Henson attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Mary Pickford (Photo by Alice S. Hall/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Vivien Leigh proudly holds her Best Actress Oscar on March 2, 1940. She was recognized for her portrayal of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind. (Getty Archives)
Model Vikki Dougan and Manning Ross at the 1957 Oscars (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Actress Ava Gardner wears a tiara and a evening gown as she sits in her seat in the audience of the Academy Awards ceremony which her held at the RKO Pantages Theatre on April 4, 1960 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frank Worth, Courtesy of Capital Art/Getty Images)
Actors (L-R) Raquel Welch, Gene Hackman and Cloris Leachman (holding her Best Supporting Actress Oscar) at the 44th Academy Awards in Hollywood, CA, April 17th 1972. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Singer/Actress Cher attends the 60th Annual Academy Awards on April 11, 1988 at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford during 63rd Annual Academy Awards at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
HOLYYWOOD, CA MARCH 24: Actress Jennifer Lopez poses backstage at the 74th Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Ca., March 24, 2002. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/GettyImages)
Actress Angelina Jolie arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards held at the Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
For 90 years, through memorable roles and unforgettable wardrobes, these women have redefined what sexy even means to the collective American consciousness. This year, Taraji P. Henson’s custom Vera Wang gown completely stole the show.
Below are the sexiest dresses from Oscars history. Do you agree with our list?
Mary Pickford was a pioneer in the silent film era, defining “movie star” for millions in beloved classics like Stella Maris, My Best Girl and Pollyanna. She is the second woman to win a Best Actress Oscar in 1931 for her work in her first film with sound, Coquette.
Vivien Leigh nabbed her first of two Oscars in 1940 for her iconic portrayal of Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind.
Vikki Dougan was a 1950s “It” girl and she made sure everyone knew it when she attended the Academy Awards with Manning Ross in March of 1957. It’s clear why she’s the real-life inspiration for Jessica Rabbit — and the stunning backless attire for which she became known was scandalous for its time.
Ava Gardner was considered Hollywood’s most irresistible woman, and Tinsel Town’s top men thought so, too: She was married and divorced to the likes of Mickey Rooney, Artie Shaw and Frank Sinatra.
Dinosaurs aside, Raquel Welch made One Million Years B.C. look like an all-around pretty appealing place to be. Here she’s pictured on Gene Hackman’s arm with Best Supporting Actress Cloris Leachman at the 1972 Oscars.
In 1988, singer Cher took home an Oscar for her performance in “Moonstruck.” No one remembers that movie, but everyone remembers this dress.
Pictured with then-boyfriend Richard Gere at the 63rd Academy Awards, model Cindy Crawford didn’t exactly need help turning heads, but that’s exactly what this Versace dress did in 1991.
Jennifer Lopez is a multi-talented, timeless beautiful who is stunning regardless of the decade. This shot of her in a pale pink Versace dress at the 2002 Oscars is particularly memorable, though.
Sometimes, pictures don’t need captions. This is one of those times.