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3 Infamous Oscar Dresses Remembered by the Designers

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From left: Bjork, Cher and Geena Davis

The minds behind the ceremony's most outrageous looks (we're looking at your swan, Bjork) speak out about their much-talked-about creations.

This story first appeared in the Feb. 27 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

U.K. Designer Marjan Pejoski on Bjork's 2001 dress

"The swan dress was actually part of my winter 2001-2002 collection and Bjork saw it and loved it. She took it a step further and made an event of the whole thing by creating ostrich egg bags and laying them on the carpet. With the Oscars, there's a uniform, like the police. Bjork was definitely outside the box. Without people like her, it would be boring. Was I surprised by [the reaction]? Of course. Look at us, 15 years later and we're talking about it."

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Bob Mackie on Cher's 1986 sheer gown

"Cher's the eternal 15-year-old who's going to do exactly what her mother says not to do. We had a meeting at [Cher's then-boyfriend] Tom Cruise's apartment in New York. She'd been in a lot of movies where she was wearing jeans and T-shirts and hadn't worn a getup in a long time. I said, 'But you can't wear that to the Academy Awards.' She said, 'I don't care. I don't want to look like a housewife in an evening gown.' She was in every newspaper the next day; she's not so dumb."

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Mary Ellen Fields on Geena Davis' 1992 Bo Peep (associate of designer, the late Bill Hargate)

"Flirty and saucy, that's what I think of Geena's dresses over the years. She never took those things too seriously. She was going for something with a sense of humor and different from everyone else. We were looking at a lot of magazines, 'What if we did something like this?' Like, 'Wow, this is fun. We get to go to a big party and play dress-up.' Now it's about competition and tearing somebody down." 

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