The $18 million woman: Cate Blanchett wins the award for most expensive outfit worn at the Oscars

Cate Blanchett has had a stellar awards season.

And now the actress has another gong to add to the mantelpiece – most expensive outfit worn at the 2014 Academy Awards.

The combined cost of her dress and jewellery came in at a whopping $18.1 million.

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A true star: Cate Blanchett was wearing more than $18 million worth of jewellery and couture at the 2014 Oscars

Cate Blanchett's opal and white gold Chopard earrings, along with a diamond ring and bracelet, cost $18 million. Charlize Theron wore Harry Winston jewels totalling $15 million

Ring and bracelet: Cate finished off her look with a brown-diamond bracelet and a pear-shaped diamoind ring, both from Chopard


Her embellished nude dress was from the Armani Prive Fall 2013 Collection and cost an estimated $100,000, according to Vogue.

But it was the jewellery – all of which was on loan – which pushed her outfit’s cost into the stratosphere.

The Blue Jasmine actress wore dramatic earrings from Swiss-based luxury jewellers, Chopard, which had 62 opals set in white gold.

She also wore a brown diamond bracelet and a pear-shaped diamond ring, both from Chopard, bringing the total cost of her jewellery to approximately $18 million.


  • 2004 – Charlize Theron, Best Actress, Monster
  • 2005 – Hilary Swank, Best Actress, Million Dollar Baby
  • 2006 – Rachel Weisz, Best Supporting Actress, The Constant Gardener
  • 2007 – Helen Mirren, Best Actress, The Queen
  • 2008 – Marion Cotillard, Best Actress, La Vie en Rose
  • 2009 – Kate Winslet, Best Actress, The Reader
  • 2009 – Penelope Cruz, Best Supporting Actress, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
  • 2010 – Mo’Nique, Best Supporting Actress, Precious
  • 2011 – Colin Firth, Best Actor, The King’s Speech
  • 2012 – Michel Hazanavicius, Best Director, The Artist
  • 2013 – Jennifer Lawrence, Best Actress, Silver Linings Playbook
  • 2014 – Cate Blanchett, Best Actress, Blue Jasmine
  • 2014 – Matthew McConaughey, Best Actor, Dallas Buyers Club

Cate’s choice of jewellery may have been a nod to her Australian home, as both opals and brown diamonds are commonly found in Australian mines.

Charlize Theron, who was not nominated for an Academy Award this year, took home second-place in the expensive fashion category.

The Monster star wore more than $15 million worth of Harry Winston jewellery, including a dramatic diamond drop necklace, which complemented her $90,000 Christian Dior dress, bringing the total cost of her outfit to more than $16 million.

Chopard has a history of adorning winners at the Academy Awards. Both Matthew McConaughey and Cate Blanchett were wearing Chopard pieces when they received their Best Actor and Best Actress statuettes.

Representatives from the 150-year-old company tweeted their congratulations to the stars saying that ‘Chopard is a lucky charm to Academy Award Winners’.

In fact, every year for the past 11 years, Chopard jewels have been worn by at least one winner from the major five categories – Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, or Best Director – leading some to believe that if you want to win an Oscar, you need to be wearing Chopard.

Cate Blanchett seems to be a fan of the jewellery-makers, having worn them to almost every significant event of the awards season.

She wore 18-carat white gold Chopard earrings, with 72 diamonds representing delicate leaves, to the 2014 Golden Globes, and a dramatic white gold and diamond necklace showing birds in a nest to the 2014 BAFTAs.

And Best Actor Matthew McConaughey was also sporting Chopard, selecting the LUC XP Tonneau watch in 18k white gold with white dial and black leather strap. He also wore a pair of onyx cufflinks, set in 18k white gold featuring white diamond pave.

Yours cost how much? Blanchett and Matthew McConaughey were both sporting Chopard on the night, although McConaughey's LUC XP Tonneau watch was kept up his sleeve for most of the night

Favourite brand: Cate also dazzled in this Chopard necklace at the BAFTAs in London earlier in the month

And the top 2014 Oscars actresses wore...

Sandra Bullock wore a $40,000 Alexander McQueen dress and $8.2m worth of jewellery, including platinum and diamond earrings at $1.2m and a $6.4m bracelet. Australian actress Margot Robbie looked to be wearing a basic black number, but it was a $12,000 Saint Laurent frock with $8m in jewellery  

Jennifer Garner dazzled in a dress by Oscar de la Renta, estimated at around $25,000, and jewellery by Forevermark at $5m. The other Jennifer, Jennifer Lawrence, wore an $80,000+ Christian Dior dress and $3.5m worth of Neil Lane jewellery - including an 100-carat necklace at $2m and a $1m diamond and platinum ring

Amy Adams wore a Gucci dress, estimated at $30,000, and about $1.5m in jewellery from Tiffany & Co. Jessica Biel also opted for Tiffany jewellery, although she kept it at a more modest $525,000, because she had a Channel dress worth more than $100,000

Comparatively budget conscious: Catherine Martin wore a custom-made Prada dress, worth around $25,000, while she wore just over $400,000 in Tiffany jewellery. But she pRoudly held the bling that counts - the Academy Award

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