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in the last decade fascination with Oscar dressing may have outstripped interest in the Oscars themselves it's what we remember the morning after and possibly sometimes years after that because not all Oscar dresses are created the same so we're going to look at the ones that we remember because they shocked because they intrigued because they were awed me or maybe just plain at the Pantages if there is one dress that's considered to be the classic ultimate Oscar dress the template for Oscar dresses of all time it's Edith's head aquamarine strapless gown that she designed for Grace Kelly in 1955 when grace won the Oscar for the country girl it's very simple very classic and has been knocked off so many times it's been the inspiration for Ralph Lauren when he designed the pink satin dress for Gwyneth Paltrow when she won the Academy Award for Shakespeare and love Kim Basinger or a copy of the dress done by Escada in 1977 when she wore her Oscar the odd thing about the dress is the reason why we know the dress so well is not because of the photograph that was taken on Oscar night oddly enough grace were they dressed three times which would be unheard of in this day and age she wore it to the opening of the country girl she wore it to the Oscar night when she when she won the Oscar and she also wore it in the studio's of Philippe Halsman who photographed her in that now very famous photo for Life magazine if you look at the pink sequined tank dress that Gwyneth Paltrow wore to the Oscars in 1996 it looks familiar wonderful lovely but why the big deal because in 1996 people were dressing big for the Oscars big dresses lots of embroidery lots of finery ooh remember booming economy booming dresses here comes this willowy beautiful blonde woman nobody really knows well basically is Brad Pitt's girlfriend and shows up an address of such simplicity such ease such sort of lanky sexuality she suddenly made everybody look old and and the tank dress suddenly became the kind of gown a cool girl would wear everybody knows the name product these days it is a fashion global blockbuster but in 1995 it was the company that made nylon knapsacks with the triangle label how do you change that image how do you make people realize you're also a fashion house Oscar night uma Thurman 1995 like a lavender angel coming down the red carpet all in bazaar and chiffon willowy the dress oddly enough wasn't really designed by Miuccia Prada nevertheless that was the label in the dress uma was at her most statuesque most beautiful most exotic she was on every cover the next day and suddenly the House of product was a fashion what are the Oscars missing these days Cher it's really that simple we long for a woman who has that sense of flamboyance the spectacular the humor the width the in-your-face drama that shared just embodied when she walked down that red carpet never never better than in 1986 in 1986 cher had a breakthrough performance in the film mask but she didn't get nominated for the Academy Award and she did and it was also the same year that Edith Head the great costume designer had issued a sort of dress code that one she dressed as befitting an Oscar nominee or presenter which naturally prompted cher to show up in a black huge mohawk of bare midriff a cut bikini top and black sheer sequins going all the way down Bob Mackie designed it for her and when she put it on she said oh no you're really not going to wear that and she said damn right I am as you can see I did receive my Academy booklet on how to dress like a serious actress the myth is that the Oscars of the biggest fashion show in the world not true when we go to a fashion show what we're looking for is innovation fresh ideas new concepts the red carpet is really about from really good calamus the glamour that we used to the glamour that we were brought up with from the movies do something odd do something different something tilted just a little bit and viewers get shocked they get weirded about about it never more so than when Tilda Swinton who doesn't look sound or move like anybody else showed up at the Oscars and an asymmetrical one-shoulder black velvet gown from Alber Elbaz from long time the asymmetry the drape the cassock like quality of this dress was totally unlike anybody else it wasn't body conscious it had ridiculous fluidity she has that translucent skin that short property ssin hair it was this huge diamond cuff on one hand and nothing else it just threw everyone off balance they loved it they hated they didn't know what to do there were people crying that albear was gonna get fired from the house of LOM BAM nothing's in fashion nothing's more shocking than the new it takes us a while to get used to the fact that somebody wore an extraordinary dress name till this one I'm never usually a fan of black dresses because I think they sort of fade into the woodwork it's a safe place to go but Chloe Sevigny wore what I think may be one of the most elegant beautiful classic Oscar dresses of all it's black but there are yards and yards and yards of black soldiers II running behind it when she moved it was like she created her home her like her own train her own parade the dress has so much modern elegance to it it's extraordinary the irony is that the dress was designed by al barid bears when he was a Eve Sandler oh and unfortunately two months after this al bear was fired nothing ticked off the new house of I saw more than the fact that Chloe seven years dressed by Oh bear wound up on best Restless everywhere including in style it was actually called the dress of the year at the end of that year much is made about the impact that addressed the right dress on the Oscars will have on a design house but sometimes we overlook the impact it might have on a little-known actress wearing a fantastic gown Keira Knightley we all know now is a great beauty but in 2006 she wasn't very well-known and then at the Oscars she were a burgundy taffeta gown a ball gown an extraordinary coronation worthy ball gown by Vera Wang with an indian-inspired diamond and turquoise and Ruby choker necklace the impact was incredible it was almost the same as if she had released the blockbuster movie that Friday before the Oscars because the next morning it was one of those cases of who's that girl and we gotta find her and Keira Knightley's career just took a huge leap forward she will tell you on the red carpet she will tell you while she's talking to David Letterman Ellen anyone who will listen Julia Roberts is not a girly girl but in 2001 she was highly favored to win the Oscar for Erin Brokovich and it was almost as if she said you know something okay I'll give it one good shot and she did was address from Valentino's 1982 collection of blue velvet with white satin stripes Julius Erving look elegant regal differ hair up in a series of top knots you will never see a hairdo that complicated on her again and look picture-perfect for that moment in posterity of her holding the Oscar fold there was one year where Valentino did five maybe six dresses it all changed in 2005 Cate Blanchett was a favorite to win Best Supporting Actress for The Aviator few women in Hollywood few women anywhere are is distinctive looking as Cate Blanchett she moves like a queen she just radiates intelligence she went to Valentino and asked if he would create a gown for her couture gown one-of-a-kind gown they get it in pale yellow just to match your hair and guaranteeing the designer that she would wear it the only caveat was she would be the only person wearing Valentino that night and she was all you need is the right woman and even better if she's a winner and Kate was on both counts and the amount of pressed that Valentino got from that one yellow burgundy sash gown feet 85 to be Isis wearing Nicole Kidman is on the cover of this year's March fashion issue of InStyle but in 1997 she was basically known as Tom Cruise's wife she had 12 movies none of which were a blockbuster a breakout hit she was that tall beautiful Titian haired woman who stood next to Tom until Oscar night of 1997 when she arrived on the red carpet in a dress the likes of which no one had ever seen before number one it was owed Petula by John Galliano from the House of Dior number two it was all designed in chinoiserie incredible embroidery that took 200 hours beating on the back like a spider had got caught up in a crystal maze but what that dress did was they created a new image they upped the bar because they took an old Couture dress and put on the red carpet and today today the ultimate gold ring for any star is to be big enough to qualify to wear one of a kind old couture gown at a major award ceremony at the unripe age of 23 we now know that Jennifer Lawrence can play high drama low comedy she can be the victim she can be the superhero there seems to be nothing she came close to me but in 2011 she only had one film that we had seen to her credit would do and that was Winter's Bone which she played a gritty mountain girl basics jeans and flannels and anoraks and then she showed her for the Oscars in 2011 in a fire-engine body hugging red jersey Calvin Klein collection gown we talked about her being is the the woman on fire in Hunger Games but she was on fire that night at Oscar night and suddenly she was the girl of the hour didn't matter whether she won or not she was the woman everybody's lips the next