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Jane Fonda

The 80-year-old actress stunned in a tight white dress by Balmain that featured shoulder pads. (Photo: Getty Images)

Why so many celebrities are wearing white on the Oscars red carpet

There were a number of trends spotted on the Oscars red carpet Sunday night, including thigh-high slits and plunging necklines. But the most important trend was a color choice that had real symbolic meaning.

While this year’s Golden Globes and Grammys had notable dress codes that allowed celebrities to illustrate their solidarity with the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, it seems that standing for equality is ingrained in some people’s style choices regardless of the sartorial rules. Whether done intentionally or not, white was the preferred color of celebs like Jane Fonda, Margot Robbie, and even Timothée Chalamet.

White has long been considered a nod to one of the earliest women’s movements, the suffragettes, who were fighting for the right to vote. Because of this, the color has come to signify fairness, equality, and hope. This symbolism was especially evident during Hillary Clinton‘s 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, which led women to voting booths in white suits to show support for the female presidential hopeful.

White roses played an important role at the 2018 Grammys in late January, as a group called Voices in Entertainment made a call for artists to carry the flowers. “We choose the white rose because historically it stands for hope, peace, sympathy, and resistance,” Voices in Entertainment wrote in a letter sent to invitees of the ceremony — and clearly the trend has stuck.

Here’s a look at all of the celebrities who wore white for the night.

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