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The Oscars 2012 Red Carpet Illustrated | A dozen dresses, one dictator and a dog

At the 2012 Academy Awards red carpet on Sunday night there was an early indication that military chic might be the trend of the the day when Sacha Baron Cohen appeared in full military regalia with a pair of sexy army girls for company (more on that later). But in the end he was on his own – there was the usual abundance of sequins, satin, tulle, trains and stupidly small handbags that you’d expect for the biggest event in the movie awards calendar. Following the artistic amazingness that was our BAFTA Red Carpet Illustrated post, I again asked a host of willing volunteers (thanks, Twitter) to choose their favourite Academy Awards 2012 fashion look and illustrate it. And again the results were so darn cool. Here’s what they came up with.

Angelina Jolie in Versace at the Oscars 2012 by Hilary Killam Angelina Jolie in Versace at the Oscars 2012 Angelina Jolie in Versace at the Oscars 2012 Angelina Jolie in Versace on Oscars red carpet Angelina Jolie in Versace on Oscars red carpet 2012 Angelina Jolie in Versace at Oscars 2012 Angelina Jolie in Versace Oscars academy awards 2012 dress Angelina Jolie in Versace 2012 Oscars dress Oscars 2012 dresses photos Oscars academy awards dresses 2012 Oscar nominees Oscars academy awards 2012 actresses Oscars fashion academy awards 2012 winners Angelina Jolie in Versace by Hilary Killam. Visit Hilary’s website.

Angelina Jolie’s black velvet Versace thigh-split dress sparked not one but two comedy moments of the evening: her leg-revealing stance was aped by one of the screenwriters of The Descendants while he was picking up his award, and then the leg got its very own Twitter page. A pretty LEGendary Oscar’s outfit for her then you might say. (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.) Emma Stone Giambattista Valli at the Oscars 2012 by Amanda Nunes Emma Stone Giambattista Valli at the Oscars 2012 Emma Stone Giambattista Valli at the Oscars 2012 Emma Stone Giambattista Valli on Oscars red carpet Emma Stone Giambattista Valli on Oscars red carpet 2012 Emma Stone Giambattista Valli at Oscars 2012 Emma Stone Giambattista Valli Oscars academy awards 2012 dress Emma Stone Giambattista Valli 2012 Oscars dress Oscars 2012 dresses photos Oscars academy awards dresses 2012 Oscar nominees Oscars academy awards 2012 actresses Oscars fashion academy awards 2012 winners Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli by Amanda Nunes. Visit Amanda’s website.

In a lovely raspberry red shade with a cute bow flourish at the neck, Emma Stone’s Giambattista Valli gown set off her porcelain skin and auburn locks beautifully. Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen at the Oscars 2012 by Faye West Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen at the Oscars 2012 Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen on Oscars red carpet Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen on Oscars red carpet 2012 Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen at Oscars 2012 Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen Oscars academy awards 2012 dress Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen2012 Oscars dress Oscars 2012 dresses photos Oscars academy awards dresses 2012 Oscar nominees Oscars academy awards 2012 actresses Oscars fashion academy awards 2012 winners Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen by Faye West. Visit Faye’s website.

In a sea of block coloured gowns and simple shapes (this is the Oscars after all, and most actresses play it safe for fear of landing on the pages of the glossies with a big red cross by their oufit), Jessica Chastain’s intricately embellished Alexander McQueen was one of the edgier frocks on show.

Penelope cruz in armani prive at the Oscars 2012 by Naomi Austin Penelope cruz in armani prive   at the Oscars 2012 Penelope cruz in armani prive at the Oscars 2012 Penelope cruz in armani prive    on Oscars red carpet Penelope cruz in armani prive on Oscars red carpet 2012 Penelope cruz in armani prive at Oscars 2012 Penelope cruz in armani prive Oscars academy awards 2012 dress Penelope cruz in armani prive 2012 Oscars dress Oscars 2012 dresses photos Oscars academy awards dresses 2012 Oscar nominees Oscars academy awards 2012 actresses Oscars fashion academy awards 2012 winners

Penelope Cruz in Armani Prive by Naomi Austin. Visit Naomi’s Facebook page.

Wearing an Armani Prive dress in a delicate shade of powdery duck egg blue and a figure hugging bodice, this kind of classic glamour really suits Penelope Cruz.

Rooney Mara at the Oscars 2012 by Janneke de Jong Sacha Rooney Mara in Givenchy at the Oscars 2012 Rooney Mara in Givenchy on Oscars red carpet Rooney Mara in Givenchy on Oscars red carpet 2012 Rooney Mara in Givenchy at Oscars 2012 Rooney Mara in Givenchy Oscars academy awards 2012 dress Rooney Mara in Givenchy 2012 Oscars dress Oscars 2012 dresses photos Oscars academy awards dresses 2012 Oscar nominees Oscars academy awards 2012 actresses Oscars fashion academy awards 2012 winners

Rooney Mara in Givenchy Couture by Janneke de Jong. Visit Janneke’s website

Rooney Mara chose Givenchy for the umpteenth time, and while some critics argued the unusual bust detailing was a bit unflattering, you can’t deny that white dress + dark hair + a red carpet = a pretty great equation.

Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diaz at the Oscars 2012 by Dana Bocai Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diazat the Oscars 2012 Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diazon Oscars red carpet Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diazon Oscars red carpet 2012 Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diazat Oscars 2012 Jennifer Lopez and Cameron DiazOscars academy awards 2012 dress Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diaz2012 Oscars dress Oscars 2012 dresses photos Oscars academy awards dresses 2012 Oscar nominees Oscars academy awards 2012 actresses Oscars fashion academy awards 2012 winners

Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diaz by Dana Bocai. Visit Dana’s website.

It doesn’t look like she’s going to get an Oscar any time soon, but the artist formerly known at J-Lo was widely credited as the winner of the best dressed Oscar attendee thanks to her shimmering striped Zuhair Murad gown. Meanwhile, Cammy from the block went for a Gucci dress that was such a delicate peachy tone it was almost matched her hair. Judy Greer at the Oscars 2012 by Amber Grayson Judy Greer in Monique Lhuillier at the Oscars 2012 Judy Greer in Monique Lhuillier on Oscars red carpet Judy Greer in Monique Lhuillier on Oscars red carpet 2012 Judy Greer in Monique Lhuillier at Oscars 2012 Judy Greer in Monique Lhuillier Oscars academy awards 2012 dress Judy Greer in Monique Lhuillier 2012 Oscars dress Oscars 2012 dresses photos Oscars academy awards dresses 2012 Oscar nominees Oscars academy awards 2012 actresses Oscars fashion academy awards 2012 winners Judy Greer in Monique Lhuillier by Amber Grayson. Visit Amber’s website.

I didn’t even know who Judy Greer was before the Oscars (apparently she was in The Descendants) but this Monique Lhuillier dress sure got my notice. A column of shimmering silver beading on black, it’s like a skyscraper in dress form. Esperanza Spalding at the Oscars 2012 by Claire Kearns Esperanza Spalding at the Oscars 2012 Esperanza Spalding on Oscars red carpet Esperanza Spalding on Oscars red carpet 2012 Esperanza Spalding at Oscars 2012 Esperanza Spalding Oscars academy awards 2012 dress Esperanza Spalding 2012 Oscars dress Oscars 2012 dresses photos Oscars academy awards dresses 2012 Oscar nominees Oscars academy awards 2012 actresses Oscars fashion academy awards 2012 winners Esperanza Spalding by Claire Kearns. Visit Claire’s website.

Singer Esperanza Spalding, who performed at the ceremony, ended up on a lot of best dressed lists, but no amount of Googling could reveal to me who her pale blue dress with the extra long train is by. If you know, then do me a favour and leave a comment below? Cameron Diaz in Gucci at the Oscars 2012 by Hilary Killam Cameron Diaz in Gucci at the Oscars 2012 Cameron Diaz in Gucci at the Oscars 2012 Cameron Diaz in Gucci on Oscars red carpet Cameron Diaz in Gucci on Oscars red carpet 2012 Cameron Diaz in Gucci at Oscars 2012 Cameron Diaz in Gucci Oscars academy awards 2012 dress Cameron Diaz in Gucci 2012 Oscars dress Oscars 2012 dresses photos Oscars academy awards dresses 2012 Oscar nominees Oscars academy awards 2012 actresses Oscars fashion academy awards 2012 winners Cameron Diaz in Gucci by Hilary Killam. Visit Hilary’s website.

A very frothy and shimmery hem was balanced out by a simple top half on Cameron Diaz’s Gucci gown in palest powder pink. Michelle Williams at the Oscars 2012 by Lizzie Donnegan Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton at the Oscars 2012 Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton on Oscars red carpet Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton on Oscars red carpet 2012 Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton at Oscars 2012 Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton Oscars academy awards 2012 dress Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton 2012 Oscars dress Oscars 2012 dresses photos Oscars academy awards dresses 2012 Oscar nominees Oscars academy awards 2012 actresses Oscars fashion academy awards 2012 winners Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton by Lizzie Donegan. Visit Lizzie’s website.

Michelle William’s lost out to Meryl Streep in the Best Actress category, but she totally won fashionwise in this adorable coral silk mousseline Louis Vuitton gown. Bérénice Bejo in Elie Saab at the Oscars 2012 by Jo Ley Bérénice Bejo in Elie Saab at the Oscars 2012 Bérénice Bejo in Elie Saab at the Oscars 2012 Bérénice Bejo in Elie Saab on Oscars red carpet Bérénice Bejo in Elie Saab on Oscars red carpet 2012 Bérénice Bejo in Elie Saab at Oscars 2012 Bérénice Bejo in Elie Saab Oscars academy awards 2012 dress Bérénice Bejo in Elie Saab 2012 Oscars dress Oscars 2012 dresses photos Oscars academy awards dresses 2012 Oscar nominees Oscars academy awards 2012 actresses Oscars fashion academy awards 2012 winners Berenice Bejo in Elie Saab by Jo Ley. Visit Jo’s website.

I secretly hoped Berenice Bejo would wear one of those amazing flapper dresses from The Artist, but no, she went for a very grown up Elie Saab gown. She was one of several actresses who went for pastel colours, which is also a big spring 2012 catwalk trend. Sacha Baron Cohen at the Oscars 2012 by Steve McCarthy Sacha Baron Cohen on Oscars red carpet Sacha Baron Cohen on Oscars red carpet 2012 Sacha Baron Cohen at Oscars 2012 Sacha Baron Cohen Oscars academy awards 2012 dress Sacha Baron Cohen 2012 Oscars dress Oscars 2012 dresses photos Oscars academy awards dresses 2012 Oscar nominees Oscars academy awards 2012 actresses Oscars fashion academy awards 2012 winners Sacha Baron Cohen as The Dictator by Steve McCarthy. Visit Steve’s website.

So like I said, Sacha Baron Cohen wasn’t just aiming for that ‘military chic’ look, he was in character and causing havoc as General Aladeen to promote new film The Dictator. He claimed his suit was by John Galliano, but somehow I doubt it. If you haven’t seen the video of him pouring Kim Jong-ils ashes over Ryan Seacrest, I strongly advise you do so now. And last but not least, he may not have been clad in designer threads, but how adorable is Uggie, the Jack Russell terrier that starred in The Artist? He’s basically the cutest thing on the Oscar’s red carpet don’t you think? Uggie the Artist dog Uggie Jack Russell terrier the artist dog oscars 2012 the artist dog academy awards the artist terrier 2012 Uggie the dog by Dana Bocai. Visit Dana’s website.

Check out more brilliant fashion illustrations from some of these illustrators in the BAFTAS 2012 Red Carpet Illustrated.

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2 comments on “The Oscars 2012 Red Carpet Illustrated | A dozen dresses, one dictator and a dog

  1. Lorne Tepperman
    March 1, 2012

    Great stuff. This is very inventive!

  2. Fashionwidget
    March 15, 2012

    Nice work.

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