Saturday, May 13, 2023

Cinema Connections at the 2023 Academy Awards


This year has been filled with exciting events, and as a result I am a bit behind on sharing everything I should here on the site. So I'll start catching up with some of the cinema connections - dresses that show the influence of classic costume design - and a couple other observations I made on the "champagne" carpet at this year's Academy Awards.

I felt some inspiration from Michelle Pfeiffer in 1983's Scarface for Elizabeth Olsen's Givenchy gown at the Oscars. I have since learned that Olsen really admires Pfeiffer, so I have no doubt that Patricia Norris' costume design did influence her "champagne' carpet look.

There's something about Sofia Carson's Giambattista Valli on the Oscars "champagne" carpet that felt like a mash up of the white gowns in 1951's A Place in the Sun and 1955's To Catch a Thief - both by Edith Head. It looks like the goddess pleating of Grace Kelly's bodice along with Elizabeth Taylor's tulle skirt.

I could not help but think of the green Adrian gown Loretta Young wore when she won her Best Actress Oscar as soon as I saw the voluminous green wrap around the Tony Ward Couture that Fan Bingbing chose for the "champagne" carpet.

An interesting Oscars flashback. 2023 nominee Kerry Condon in yellow Versace is channeling an iconic red carpet look from 2001 - Renee Zellweger in vintage 1959 Jean Dess├Ęs. Condon later confessed that this was indeed her inspiration.

Not a Cinema Connection, but had to comment on yet another Oscars flashback. Did Vanessa Hudgens (in Chanel) not recall that Reese Witherspoon (in Tom Ford) already did this look at the Academy Awards back in 2015? I feel that Reese did it better, too.

Oscar getting ready for the "champagne" carpet

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