Of all the fashionable events throughout the year, the Academy Awards® has become the most anticipated and influential in establishing the contemporary definition of evening glamour. Since the mid-1990s Oscar® publicity and prestige are potentially worth millions to fashion designers who compete to dress nominated actresses. Yet the actress’s polished red carpet appearance is often dramatically different from the way she appears as the character in the movie that earned her the nomination for “supporting” or “best” actress.
Hollywood Red Carpet showcases the transformation from cinematic performance to red carpet glamour. Pairing photographs of each actress in costume for the role for which she was nominated with a selection of gowns worn to the Academy Awards, this exhibition illuminates the essential differences between the creative goals of the costume designer and the fashion designer. Featuring gowns worn by Glenn Close, Amy Adams, Jessica Chastain and many more Oscar nominees, Hollywood Red Carpet reveals the influence of the red carpet on the fashion industry and its profound impact on international trends.
Left: Zac Posen (American, born 1980), Dress and Jacket, 2011. Silk taffeta and organdy. Lent by Costume Collection of Glenn Close. Photo by Ken Howie. Middle: Glenn Close, Getty Images
The exhibition is organized by Phoenix Art Museum.