With a silent film scooping a plethora of gongs this year, the 84th Academy Awards undoubtedly had a retro feel.
And as the stars stepped out onto the red carpet it appeared that Oscar fashion also made a return to the black and white era.
Angelina Jolie led the way stepping out in a dramatic dark velvet gown which boasted a thigh-high split to devastating effect.
The actress, 36, arrived on the red carpet with partner Brad Pitt and she looked stunning in the simple strapless gown which she had teamed with peep-toe heels and a flash of red lipstick.
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Brad, who was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role, had brought along his parents Jane and William Pitt, and Angelina was seen holding their hands as the group made their way up the carpet.
While Angelina had opted to show off her statement look in the Atelier Versace piece, other stars decided to step out in light and white gowns - which have proved popular throughout the awards season this year.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Cameron Diaz were just two stars to take on the trend, with the Contagion star showing off simple lines in Tom Ford.
Paltrow’s dress boasted capped sleeves and an elegant cape detail which hung off her shoulders for a statement look.
Diaz stepped out the strapless Gucci gown which displayed a simple body but offered drama in the train with a tiered ruffled hemline and flashes of sequin embellishment.
Jennifer Lopez, who graced the red carpet without her toyboy boyfriend Casper Smart, showed off her curves in a plunging cream dress by Zuhair Murad.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo actress Rooney Mara also stuck to the dazzling white trend and stepped out in a flowing white gown by Givenchy which boasted a plunging neckline as well as dipped back detail.
Sandra Bullock teamed both the dark and light trends by wearing a stunning monochrome dress by Marchesa, adding extra glamour with gold detailing around the waist and sleeves.
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Of course not everyone kept to black and white and there were plenty of flashes of colour with many stars opting for bold and bright looks.
Emma Stone, the 23-year-old Help star looked stunning in a deep pink Giambattista Valli Haute Couture gown which boasted a large bow around the neck.
Her co-star and Best Actress in A Supporting Role nominee Jessica Chastain looked incredible in a flowing black gown with intricate gold detail by Alexander McQueen which she teamed with $2million worth of Harry Winston jewels.
Berenice Bejo, leading lady of silent film sensation The Artist, was another to add a first touch of glamour on the red carpet - and was sporting red hair.
Bejo, a best supporting actress contender, wore a figure hugging mint green beaded gown with a train, matched with emerald earrings.
She was escorted by husband Michel Hazanavicius who won the Oscar for Best Director for The Artist.
Nominee George Clooney arrived on the red carpet looking dapper in an Armani suit but his accessory came in the form of Stacy Keibler who looked stunning in a golden gown by Marchesa, an outfit that resembled the award statues.
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