Amy Adams by Claire Kearns
Talk about a princess dress – it was a toss up between best supporting actress nominee Adams and Jennifer Lawrence for who had the biggest frock on Oscars night, but I think Adams just about clinched it. It’s no surprise this voluminous creation is by the king of all things frou frou and fancy, Oscar de la Renta. I don’t know how she actually managed to sit down in it, but it looked spectacular.
Jessica Chastain by Claire Kearns
Best actress nominee Jessica Chastain’s copper locks and alabaster skin were a flawless match with her shimmering copper Giorgio Armani gown, but sadly it didn’t help her bring home the gold on the night.
Jennifer Lawrence by Janneke de Jong
That honour went to 22-year-old Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook. She made almost as many headlines for the fact that on the way to collect her award she tripped up the stairs in her beautiful but unwieldy Dior Couture dress. Janneke seems to think that Emma Stone may be involved…
Naomie Harris by Hilary Killam
Forget your Armanis and your de la Rentas, Naomie Harris’s golden gown was by a designer so up-and-coming he hasn’t even left school yet. Michael Badger, a student at Savannah College of Art and Design, was the winner of the Red Carpet Green Dress Challenge that Suzy Amis Cameron (wife of director James) fronted. The dress looked quite at home amongst all the other designer finery. What a great way to promote sustainable fashion.
Salma Hayek by Hilary Killam
Amidst a sea of frothy frocks, Salma Hayek stood out in her Alexander McQueen column dress with its heavily jewel-encrusted neckline. There’s nothing quite like midnight blue velvet to show of a figure like hers.
Amanda Seyfried by Jo Ley.
Here’s a bit of juicy red carpet goss: word on the street (OK, the internet) is that best actress winner Anne Hathaway chose not to wear Valentino to the Oscars because the dress she was going to wear was too similar to that of her Les Miserables co-star. I love the way Jo has captured Seyfried’s diaphanous, embroidered Alexander McQueen gown so that I looks as though she’s floating on air. Like a haute couture angel. Lovely.
There are more wonderful illustrations from this talented lot in Red Carpet Illustrated: BAFTAs 2013.