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The red-carpet showcase at the 2011 Oscars has tipped off, and we've already noticed a strong (and gorgeous) trend of sheer beaded gowns.

The first lady to step out in one of these dazzling numbers was Supporting Actress nominee Hailee Steinfeld.

The 14-year-old continued to prove that she's not only talented beyond her years, but also sartorially savvy, opting for a ball gown by Marchesa that she helped design alongside Georgina Chapman.

"From the beginning, when I knew I'd be here, I drew something out -- and this is exactly what I had in mind!" the youngster told Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet. "I'm absolutely in love with it."

The teen's ankle-length puffy gown with a slightly pink hue features a sheer sleeveless bodice that almost appeared strapless, along with mounds of crystal-embroidered tulle. The alabaster-skinned beauty paired the pale number with a youthful headband and nude satin pumps.

Another actress making us do a double take was Mandy Moore, who donned a buff-hued Monique Lhuillier dress that almost seemed as if she had gone totally nude, save for some strategically placed silver sequins scattered over her bodice, hips and upper arms.

Like Steinfeld's gown, Moore's stunning frock had a similarly barely-there neckline that made it appear she had an off-the-shoulder gown.

Although she avoided fleshy hues, Michelle Williams also went for a sheer and sparkly floor-sweeper for her turn on the scarlet carpet.

The Best Actress nominee, who sported an adorable icy-blond pixie cut, chose a glamorous white column dress by Chanel Haute Couture that featured thousands and thousands of white pearl-like beads.

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