Tuesday, February 21, 2012


The Academy Awards are this weekend & even though I do not always care about the pictures I do watch the Awards for the gowns. I have watched since I was a little girl in awe of the floating beauty of the red carpet dresses. I must say that the past years have been a disappointment so I want to have a look back at Oscar gowns when they had class.

Audrey Hepburn wore this lovely simple gown by Givenchy when she accepted her Oscar for Roman Holiday in 1953.

Loretta Young won for The Farmer's Daughter 1947 in this Adrian gown.

The alway elegant Grace Kelly took home the Oscar for Country Girl in 1954 wearing this jewel of a gown designed by the wonderful Edith Head.

Elizabeth Taylor was a vision of spring in this beautiful Dior gown she wore when she won the Oscar in 1960 for Butterfield 8.

What a beautiful couple! Joanne Woodward did not think she would win the Oscar in 1957 for Three Faces of Eve so you made this gown herself. It looked lovely.

The incomparable designer Edith Head made several Oscar dresses for her stars. She was nominated for 35 Academy Awards for her costume design and won 8. Her designs are timeless.

I am a huge fan of hers. I took design in school and she was my inspiration. The thing about Edith Heads work is you know it is hers. There is just a look about her costume designs that you know it must be an Edith Head.

This dress for Bette Davis in All About Eve is just breathtaking. I could see this as a red carpet dress today.

This prom dress designed for Elizabeth Taylor in A Place In The Sun was one of the most copied designs of all time. In 1951 it was the prom dress to wear.

This beautiful gown for Grace Kelly in To Catch A Thief is similiar to the one Edith designed for her Oscar win.

I just love this dress from Rear Window. Grace Kelly looked so elegant and regal in this dress.

I do look forward to the Red Carpet again this year but I think, like other years, I will be disappointed. I do not know if it is the designers or the stars are not of the same quality but they just don't do it the way they used to.


  1. I couldn't agree more. Very few of today's stars come close to those you have shown.

  2. Yes, I agree, they just don't dress elegantly, like they did in the Golden Age of Hollywood.

  3. Wonerful post! I just love Grace Kelly's wardrobe in To Catch A Thief...the blue dress in the sketch is my favourite. Just beautiful!

  4. Good job. The best of the best. They don't do it like this any more.

  5. I thoroughly enjoyed this post. The Oscars and
    beautiful gowns, perfect combination.

  6. I think Oscars serves as a battle ground for fashion and elegant dresses.

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