This year’s Academy Awards ceremony may be over, but the fashion lives on. From recycled dresses to gowns that took hundreds of hours to bring to life, the red carpet was home to some ineffable style moments that will keep us talking well into the next awards season.
Saoirse slayed in a custom black, ivory and lavender Gucci gown featuring a deep V-neck, silk duchesse waist ruffles and a moiré skirt. White gold Gucci jewelry completed the look.
Scarlett was dressed in a custom pewter Oscar de la Renta gown with a fringe, hand-draped bodice and satin, bias-cut skirt. It took over 300 hours to finish the look.
Cynthia arrived in a custom white Versace gown featuring a graphic cut, asymmetric bustier pleated entirely by hand and a skirt that was hand-embroidered with Swarovski crystals.
Brie Larson and Celine make a good pairing, coming together again for this years Academy Awards to bring you this champagne caped gown with a plunging V-neck and thigh-high slit. It took over 1,200 hours to hand-embroider 13,000 Swarovski crystals onto the dress. In addition, a total of 110,000 glass beads, 120,000 sequins, and 6,500 pink strass jewels went into the making of the gown.
Janelle showed up and showed out in a bespoke Ralph Lauren crystal-embellished evening gown featuring a dramatic, draped hood and open portrait back. The dress took over 600 hours to hand-embroider with 168,000 dégradé crystals adorning its lacquered silk lamé tulle foundation.
This look touched the hearts of many. Spike Lee arrived on the red carpet wearing a custom purple Gucci two-button notch lapel Heritage suit with yellow trim. On the lapel and back of the suit was the number “24,” meant as a tribute to the late Kobe Bryant.
Natalie is known for her statements and now she will be known for her statement pieces. She wore a gilt wheat motif SS’20 tulle Dior gown beneath a SS’18 Dior black cape that was embroidered with the names of the snubbed female directors whose films were passed over this year at the Academy Awards.
Prepared to accept her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, Laura Dern wore a bespoke Armani blush pink, silk crepe gown adorned with black crystal embroidery and ornamental tassels. It was a leading look for a leading lady.
Renée had jaws dropping in this custom Armani white silk, one-shoulder column gown. The dress featured an open asymmetrical neckline and was accented by a crystal-embroidered tubular detail. Little did Renée know, she would have an Oscar for Best Actress by the end of the night to accessorize the look.
On a mission to be more eco-friendly, Kaitlyn Dever chose to collaborate with Louis Vuitton in the creation of this custom, ethical and eco-responsible silk satin gown that was embroidered with Swarovski crystals and glass beads. The dress featured a satin shawl and a sweetheart neckline along with platform heels from Aldo, a climate-neutral brand.
Last but not least, Margo Robbie sported a vintage black bustier Chanel gown from their Spring 1994 Haute Couture collection. If this is what “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” looks like in fashion, we should all be getting on board!
Honorable Mention: Elizabeth Banks
Although Elizabeth didn’t walk the red carpet, she nonetheless made a bold statement of sustainability at the Vanity Fair after party, opting to pull a dress from her own personal collection. She donned the same scarlett Badgley Mischka dress that she wore to the 2004 Oscars. She reminded us that going green doesn’t mean you can’t still own the red carpet.
words Kate Macchi