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Charlize Theron wearing Vera Wang to the 2000 Academy Awards - didn’t she look exquisite?! Here she is arriving at the 7th Annual Vanity Fair Oscar Party!

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With an endless amount of amazing looks to choose from, the editors of InStyle.com selected Charlize Theron in Vera Wang as one of the top “10 Best Oscar Dresses” of all time. Here’s a look back at Vera’s inspiration behind Charlize’s 2000 Academy Awards opaque orange gown.

Charlize Theron‘s 2000 Vera Wang dress featured a deep plunge in the front, a deeper one in the back, and an orange that burned in our memory. “I think a plunging back is always sexier than a plunging décolletage,” says Wang. “It’s more unexpected and more erotic. This gown captures that siren-like glamour of the past. I designed it with no side seams, which makes a dress sleek—especially if you have the right body, which Charlize does. The reason the color popped so brilliantly is that the actual shade is achieved by overlaying six different hues that range from pink to pale green to form this brilliant opaque orange.” – InStyle.com

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