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Six decades of Oscar fashion

Italian actress Sophia Loren celebrates her Oscar win in 1961. AP

(CBS) No history of the Oscar ceremonies, which date back to the 1920s, is complete without a look at how red carpet trends have changed.

On Oscar red carpets you can always find tons of organza, lace and satin and mountains of diamonds and sapphires, but how those fabrics are draped and how those gems are worn has changed dramatically over the years.

And it's not just the gowns.

PICTURES: Six decades of Oscar fashion

Those elbow-length white and black gloves you saw on starlets when TV first started broadcasting the ceremonies in the 1950s and 1960s are a thing of the past, except perhaps for Madonna and Lady Gaga.

So, too are the big bouffant hairstyles of the 1960s and the shags of the 1970s. Sleek is in these days.

Take a look back in the photo essay here at the Oscar styles of the past decades, discuss your impressions in the comments below and join us back here Feb. 27 for a first look at the Oscar 2011 red carpet.

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