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The best part of any style evolution is the moment when it all undeniably comes together. Fortuitously, the 2009 Academy Awards was that moment in the red carpet career of Taraji P. Henson. Nominated for Best Supporting Actress in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Taraji took the carpet by storm in an exquisite ivory organza tiered confection by Roberto Cavalli.

"I will never, ever forget that dress," she told us. Not content to go quietly into that good night, Taraji turned up the heat with a scarlet Mary Norton clutch and megawatt Fred Leighton jewels.