Monday, February 27, 2012

Favorite Academy Awards Gown

I am quite amused this morning reading various opinions regarding who wore the best and worst gowns last night to the Academy Awards.  One site gives Gwyneth Paltrow an A for her Tom Ford gown with matching cape, another site gives her an F.  One site says Glenn Close's dress and jacket by Zac Posen were a "Hit", another calls it a "miserable Fail."  When did we start grading the gowns worn by Academy Award attendees?  I prefer to just enjoy the fashion and say everyone looked beautiful.

Instead of rehashing last night's Oscar fashions for you, I thought I would share one of my favorite gowns from the past.  Grace Kelly wore this gorgeous silk satin gown to the 27th Academy Awards in 1955.  The photo was taken for the cover of Life Magazine by Phillipe Halsman.

 The gown was designed by Edith Head (here with her back to the camera) and was worn with a matching evening coat.


Grace Kelly won the Best Actress Oscar that night for her role in The Country Girl.

It is said that the yards and yards of silk used for the gown cost over $4,000.

I love the coat worn over the dress.  It makes it that much more regal and special, don't you think?



Here you can see the gown in motion as Grace accepts her award.  Enjoy!


5 comments:

Erin said...

My only comment about awards show garb is that I wish everyone used it as an opportunity to look fabulously classy rather than an opportunity to look shockingly trashy. :)

K.Line said...

This gown is perfection. No one else has ever been so gorgeous at the Oscars.

Joyness Sparkles said...

Stunning! I love Edith Head (also loved the reference to her by the character, "Edith Mode" from the Incredibles...truly Edith Head would have been the only designer for superheros)!

Suellen Tomkins said...

I can't imagine how it must feel to have so many opinions on what you wear - some celebrities must just struggle to get out the door. The Grace Kelly sea green dress is one of my favourites - thanks for the pics.

Dina said...

I agree 100%...we should just enjoy their efforts and say they look fabulous! That being said, though, I do appreciate the current actresses who manage to look classy and elegant every time. Kate Winslet, Nicole Kidman, Angelina Jolie come to mind. I think Natalie Portman always looks beautiful, too.

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