11 posts tagged "Academy Awards"
Back in December, The Artist‘s costume designer Mark Bridges told Style.com, “When we wrapped, we had no idea how things would turn out. We thought, it could be the greatest thing since sliced cheese, or it could go direct to video.” As it turns out, Bridges and the cast of the silent film had created an Oscar winner. Last night, the film topped the winner’s list, along with Hugo, both films picking up five gold statuettes. Bridges took home one of them, beating out the likes of W.E.‘s Arianne Phillips for the gold. Catch our full interview with Bridges here. Also, you can catch a few of Bridges’ Artist costumes on display at the L.A. FIDM Museum through April 28 as part of the annual Motion Picture Costume exhibit highlighting costumes from this year’s Oscar films.
“Oscar weekend brings out a lot of art lovers, and this is the best of art and fashion and celebrity,” curator Cameron Silver explains of The Total Look: The Creative Collaboration Between Rudi Gernreich, Peggy Moffitt, and William Claxton, opening today. On display at MOCA Pacific Design Center in what is now a yearly Oscar weekend debut tradition (last year, Rodarte unveiled its Black Swan designs in the space), the collection celebrates a collaboration that found its roots in Los Angeles. “I can think of no other model/muse relationship,” Silver recalled of the iconic, boundary-pushing model and oft-referenced designer. “It was really collaborative—and then you bring in William Claxton [Moffitt's husband], who was taking the photos, and it was almost Peggy and her two husbands.”
The multimedia experience conveys some of Claxton’s most notable imagery (including never-before-seen pointillisms of Moffitt he produced before he died), in addition to a continuous reel of what some consider to be the first fashion film, The Total Look. But for Silver, Moffitt’s legacy lies in the 66-piece collection, which includes the one thing that started it all: the topless swimsuit. “It signifies the liberation of women in fashion and it’s such a hallmark in fashion history—it’s the birth of modern fashion.”
Hollywood stylists are forever clambering to keep their celeb clientele in the latest looks fresh off the runways, so there’s little doubt that on Sunday night, we’ll be seeing a few Fall numbers at the Oscars. Compared to many of the ostentatious front-row fixtures at fashion week, most starlets play it safe. (Sorry, Marc, the only actress out there gonzo enough to take your newest lineup for a spin is Helena Bonham Carter). A-listers often opt for classic gowns, like the teal, tie-shouldered number from Oscar de la Renta (the color would be gorgeous with Jessica Chastain’s fiery tresses) or Michael Kors‘ long-sleeved dazzler (pictured), which has Albert Nobbs star Glenn Close’s name written all over it. And with all the attention Rooney Mara attracted at the Calvin Klein show a few weeks back, we wouldn’t be surprised to see her turn up in one of Francisco Costa’s minimal black finale frocks. Many of the heavy hitters won’t be presenting until Paris next week, but it seems some designers have wised up to awards season and are strategically debuting their unseen collections on the red carpet instead of the runway. Case in point: Gwyneth Paltrow at the Emmys, wearing a sheer Emilio Pucci two-piece look that appeared again on the Spring catwalk a few days later. We’re hoping to see a few more of those fashion-forward surprises this weekend.
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