Julia Roberts, 2001
accepted her Oscar for Erin Brockovich
in a dramatic velvet-and-satin Valentino
gown. "For the biggest night of her career, Ms. Roberts made a very smart choice in picking a vintage dress from my 1982 collection dedicated to movie stars," Valentino told InStyle
. "I was excitedthis one was classic Valentino, and I felt she would surprise people with her elegance. But this dress made me nervous. You are never sure who is going to wear what until they walk out onto the stage. That night I was in Rome, watching the Oscars live on television, and I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning to see if she wore it. Julia was very sweet. Afterward she told me her niece [Emma Roberts] had given her important advice: 'Listen, when you come down the red carpet, don't forget to turn around. Otherwise, no one will see the back, and that's what makes it so special.' But I think Julia is what made it special."