Oscar fashion: The best and worst red carpet dresses

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With so much competition on the red carpet an actress needs to stand out from the crowd, but some of Hollywood’s finest stole the limelight for all the wrong reasons at last night’s Oscars.

Fashion star Sarah Jessica Parker took up half the red carpet in her frothy over-the-top Dior gown. The pale green full-skirted dress was topped off with a rib-crackingly tight corset that showed off the Sex And The City star’s tiny waist but failed to control her burgeoning decolletage.

Best supporting role: Sarah Jessica Parker struggles with the full skirt and tight corset of her Dior gown on the red carpet at the 81st Oscars

Between breathing in and sorting out the billowing skirts the actress shouted above the crowds: ‘It’s barely mint’, before rushing inside to manoeuvre herself into her seat.

She also complained her gown was ‘very plumped up, it’s killing me’.

The 44-year-old actress arrived hand-in-hand with husband Matthew Broderick, dispelling rumours of marital discord.

Other actresses flirted with the fishtail look. Beyonce added a touch of bling to the red carpet as she squeezed herself into a black and gold strapless dress by Armani Prive before changing into her stage outfit of top hat and tails for her performance with host Hugh Jackman.

Strike a pose: Beyonce, Vanessa Hudgens and Melissa George flirt with the fishtail look

Darling of High School Musical, Vanessa Hudgens, looked older than her 20 years in a sensible black fishtail dress. The figure-hugging, strapless corset gown with over-fussy leather flower details was created for her by British designers Marchesa.

Australian actress Melissa George wore a white skin-tight bodice that exploded in a sea of netting at her feet.

According to our fashion guru Liz Jones, reporting live from the red carpet, the fishtails played havoc with clumsy men who kept tripping over the frothy fabric.

Another to go for the fairy princess theme was Penelope Cruz who arrived in a white vintage gown with silver embroidery, designed by Pierre Balmain. The sixty-year-old ruched chiffon dress had a touch of the bridal about it but was saved by her understated hair and make-up.

Fairytale: Penelope Cruz in her vintage Balmain dress and Miley Cyrus in a scalloped glitter trimmed gown

Later Miss Cruz won the best supporting actress Oscar in the evening’s first award for her role in Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

Early to arrive and first to show off her dress was 16-year-old Miley Cyrus, star of TV show Hannah Montana, in a silver and white embroidered ballgown with long train. The fussy gown swamped the petite young star and looked more Disney princess than glamorous actress.

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