You won’t believe what happened to Julia Roberts' Oscars dress

Yes, THAT Valentino one

Julia Roberts Oscars dress
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The best Oscar dresses are some of the most iconic red carpet looks ever. There's the most expensive Oscar dress and the luckiest dress colour at the Oscars too. But have you ever wondered what happens when a star borrows diamonds for the Oscars? Or questioned what one does with a designer gown after being worn on the Oscars red carpet? Probably not, but we’ll tell you anyway. You keep it under your bed, apparently. Who would've thought? 

In an interview with People, Julia Roberts reveals that’s exactly what she did with the vintage Valentino gown she wore to the 2001 Academy Awards.

You know the one. Sheer black tulle with elegant white piping down the middle and the sweeping train. The one she wore to pick up a golden statuette for playing Erin Brockovich. It's one of the best Oscar dresses of all time, and it just got even better. 

Julia Roberts Oscar dress

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More often than not, the celebrity looks we see and love on the red carpet are dresses on loan from designers, arranged by their stylist. Which means it goes straight back to the designer the next morning. But not this time. 

The lucky star got to keep the gown instead of sending it back and it's all for a very sweet reason. So her daughter Hazel, 18, can wear it one day, (yes we are still eagerly awaiting this day).

"It’s under my bed, in a box. I have this little space in my house that my husband refers to as the heritage collection. Things I go, ‘I can’t get rid of [this], what about Hazel?'' she says.

Julia went on to say that hubby Danny Moder thought their daughter wouldn’t want "mum’s old stuff", but luckily she’s keeping it just in case even if it is in a box under her bed.

To be fair, if our mums’ old stuff involved a vintage Valentino gown, we’d be more than happy to wear it. Just in case you’re reading this Julia.

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.