All the primp and pompadour that the Oscars brings out in its celebrity dazzlers is prized by the entertainment history books. Outrageous red carpet moments remind us how eccentric those in the movie making business can be. And it doesn’t stop there – who arrived with whom?
Points for Originality and Execution
One of the most infamous – yes, viewers can even tell you what color the outfit was – is the swan dress donned by Icelandic artist Björk at the 73rd Academy Awards. The dress, replete with the long neck and beak) splashed magazine covers worldwide and even inspired Halloween costumes. The ensemble made Bj ö rk a household name – props to her for edging out glamourous competitors.
Eyes are aflutter, tongues are wagging – who’s the Oscar date?
The fancy duds don’t walk out sans a good boost from whatever eye candy dangles on the arm. Grace Kelly brought exquisite glamour to the Oscars when she made history in the most expensive Oscar dress worn- with the material of the dress costing $4,000. Wow about the dress, but what we want to know is who did Kelly arrive with? Her designer. Sorry, folks.
Elizabeth Taylor epitomized glamour in her furs and diamonds in 1961, the same year she won her first Academy Award for her role in Butterfield 8. The dress was a Christian Dior gown and the glamour was particularly poignant because she had suffered a near-fatal illness only weeks earlier. Ah yes – who was on her arm? Why, her fourth husband Eddie Fisher, who’d been previously married to her best friend, Debbie Reynolds (gasp – scandal).
The Women Girls Look to as Role Models
Halle Berry ‘s Ellie Saab dress almost created as much a whirlwind as her history-making win. Her role in “Monster’s Ball” paved the way for black actresses and her sheer, satin embroidered Ellie Saab dress scored her on top of best dressed Oscar lists. Her date was her second (soon-to-be-ex) husband, Eric Bennet (yawn).
Diane Keaton ‘s been an inspiration to women of all ages with her individual style – shunning decolletage and sexy hemlines. Despite the resolute shunning of traditional Oscar gowns, she managed to bring sexy back in 2004 with non-traditional female formal wear. Keaton wore a sharp black suit and bowler hat. Her energy and fun-loving attitude lit it up and other screen sirens such as Angelina Jolie and Madonna have made the look so popular, the suit / tuxe is now considered en vogue!