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. In contrast, many of 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 Amy Adams (wore this Oscar de la Renta gown to the 85th Academy Awards ceremony when she received a best supporting actress nomination for her role as Peggy Dodd in The Master), Jessica Chastain, Glenn Close 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.
Oscar de la Renta (Dominican American, born 1932), Dress, 2012. Silk organza. Lent by Oscar de la Renta. Photo by Ken Howie.
The exhibition is organized by Phoenix Art Museum.