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By Christopher Luu
Jan 02, 2020 @ 8:00 am

The '80s were a lot of things (and a lot of those things are coming back), but no matter what the prevailing trends were, the entire decade was about being as over-the-top as possible. Pre-minimalism, everyone on the red carpet was adopting a more-is-more mindset, and nobody embraced that more than Oprah Winfrey, who arrived at the 1986 Golden Globes ceremony — she was nominated for her role as Sofia Johnson in 1985's The Color Purple — wearing a dress that had just about every embellishment possible.

The Color Purple was Winfrey's very first role in a feature film and whether it was beginner's luck or her supreme talent, she nabbed a Golden Globe nomination alongside an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. While she wouldn't take home any hardware, the dress she chose for the Globes lives on in infamy. The all-white outfit included statement shoulders punctuated by ornate embellishment, dolman sleeves that had fringe running down the seams, and matching beaded fringe along the hem, which was tight to her ankles right under a drop waist. It was a lot, but it was as '80s as it got, especially when she added matching shoes, semi-opaque white pantyhose, and a white clutch. The finishing touch, however, had to be the stole she carried, which had sparkling silver accents that looked like a pair of fox's faces.

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While the look didn't stand the test of time, Winfrey herself is the first to say that she didn't quite know what she was going for with this particular ensemble.

"When I see old photos of myself, I really don't know what I was thinking," she said. "Somebody should have stopped me!"

Winfrey's managed to make up for the misstep and nab awards. Last year, she took home the Golden Globes's Cecil B. DeMille Award and, back in 2011, was honored with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Academy Awards. She opted not to wear a foxy stole at both events. 

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