Academy Dresses

I enjoy watching the Academy Awards more to see the beautiful dresses than the movies.  My husband doesn’t enjoy going to a movie theatre so we watch the winners on Netflix – usually long after having received it’s awards.  Often there is at least one complete visual disaster.  Barbra Streisand is still remembered for her see-through pantsuit that she wore lo, those many years ago!

This year, I did not see any extreme examples of fashion gone mad but I did choose some examples that I thought were beautiful and really supported the essence of the wearer.  On the other hand, I have a few comments on those that seemed to have a disconnect.

There were many excellent choices so I chose two examples.  Catherine Zeta Jones is absolutely beautiful with a romantic, alluring persona.   Her beautifully fitted gown in gold was a wonderful choice.  I also loved Amanda Seyfried’s gown.  Both ladies projected beauty and elegance: perfect for their style.  Of course, Jennifer Lawrence was magnificent in her Dior Haute Couture.  The combination of her 9” heels and the volume of that skirt were literally her downfall as she fell going up the stairs to accept her Oscar.  Even at the Academy Awards, one needs to keep practical matters in mind and save embarrassment.

Halle Berry is such a beautiful actress.  She is much too soft and feminine to wear exaggerated shoulders and all of these strong, masculine lines in this Bond dress.  I found it reminiscent of star wars.  Perhaps it would have been better suited for Grace Jones.

Sandra Bullock is a favorite of mine but never quite seems to hit the right note on Oscar night.  Sandra is at her best when projecting a natural, sporty look.  Lace and beading are much too elegant for her.  What really jarred me was her straightened hair.  It was not as discordant in her pictures but seeing her on stage wearing that total straight look was a bit like fingernails scratching a chalkboard.  Sandra has rounded lips, nose and eyebrows.  When her long hair flows with some curl, it supports her natural appearance and complements the softer lines in her face.  She has a natural beauty and doesn’t need to appear alluring or elegant.

Little Quvenzhana Wallis is absolutely adorable.  I saw a picture of her before the Oscars showing that she would be wearing a violet dress, sleeveless, with round neck, empire waist, slightly gathered waltz length skirt and carrying her puppy purse.  It reminded me of Jackie Evancho, who has a magnificent voice and was performing on stage at eleven.  Her costume designers kept her dresses pretty but appropriate for a young girl.  I was surprised and disappointed to see Quvenzhana wearing a miniature adult gown the night of the awards.  The only reminder of being a little girl was the puppy purse.  With her talent, there is little doubt that she will have many more Academy Awards to attend, thus affording many more opportunities to dress up.

I love the simple, soft pink gown worn by Anne Hathaway.   If the dress had been designed with a built-in bra, it would have been perfect.  Looking at pictures, I notice the darts are a little high for her bosom and reporters commented about seeing her nipples.  The built-in bra would have addressed both issues.

I hope you had a chance to see the awards or review photos of the gowns.  If you love clothes, this is the big event where you can indulge your passion at no cost!




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