As the dust settles on the 88th Academy Awards®, commentary on the best- and worst-dressed actors and actresses has just begun. Cast as Hollywood’s “must-attend” event, the Oscars have recognized excellence in cinematic achievement since the awards were first presented in 1929. And although much reporting has chronicled the ceremony and its attendees from day one, the first televised broadcast in 1953 and the subsequent advent of the Internet have turned the spotlight toward the perambulating preamble: the red carpet.
Like moths to a flame, paparazzi ravenously snap images of fluttering gowns and glistening jewels as they pass en route from limousine to theatre. As at the comparable ceremonies for television, theatre, and music (the Emmy, Tony, and Grammy Awards, respectively), the Academy Awards is fashion’s moment to experiment, to dare, and to dazzle. It is an occasion to showcase the artistic achievements of great fashion houses; the names of Prada, Dior, Versace and the like are paraded around as commonplace. Each momentous gown is a statement of the times, a chronicle of an era. Halle Berry in Elie Saab for the 2002 Oscars is far more memorable than any award presented that evening.
The Oscars capture our attention and light our imagination, much like the spirit of filmmaking itself. Each look as it floats across the red carpet is something of a dream – dripping in diamonds, pearls, precious stones and gold. The rainbow of fabrics and flashes of gems are tantalizingly delicious. We fell in love with Gwyneth Paltrow’s princess-like styling and Ralph Lauren gown in 1999, and the effortless grace of Lupita Nyong’o in Prada in 2014. The fashion of Oscars night grips us in its drama and flair – while many dapper gentlemen walk the red carpet in perfectly tailored suits and handsome, crisp tuxedos, it is to the ladies we turn for such captivation and amusement.
Thus has a ceremony, which lasts one brief evening, such impact on culture in the years following. Feeling left out? If your invitation to the Oscars is tragically lost in the mail, create a dramatic entrance for yourself at any upcoming event or gala. There is never a shortage of occasions to wow in Washington, DC. Turn to Spey for an Oscar-worthy set of lustrous pearl jewelry. The world is your oyster!
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