Certain designers become synonymous with some divas.
Givenchy was to Audrey, what Bob Mackie became to Cher.
Cher knocked the black gown down to the bare essentials.
Cher was the first woman on television to expose her naval.
When she showed up at the Academy Awards, she stopped just short of exposing everything else.
Cher carries her image to extremes.
We don’t know if she secretly want to be a dominatrix or Liberace.
Pop stars all love to
whip out that Dominatrix look at some point or another.
Madonna’s 2011 Oscar night ensemble was shocking at the time.
But by 2014, Madonna’s ensemble would be Ho Hum compared to Beyonce’s basic performance wardrobe.
One doesn’t have to bare it all to be controversial.
Madonna surprised the press when she chose an Oscar gown by “Goth Wunderken,” Olivier Theyskens.
After that appearance, fans decided they didn’t care what she wore
as long as she put more Glam rather than Goth into her image.
Red Carpet appearances can be become legendary. Laetitia Casta was so eager to make her entry at the Cesar Awards,
she might have sped through security dropping everything but her lingerie.
The next time she surfaced at the Cesar Awards, she even dropped the lingerie.
Laetitia may have strut like a peacock,
but the overall impression was Marge Simpson mates with black ostrich.
There is no longer any such thing as Basic Black. The black gown has been slashed!
And then it was slit by both Jolie and J-Lo.
J. Mendal wrapped and strapped it for Anna Kendrick.
She thought she was the “Cat’s Meow!” But it was much more like The Cat’s Cradle.
Sometimes a concept would be better understood if you could just connect the dots!
The mermaid gown is always a sensational image.
Sofia Vergara creates a splash in one every time the Red Carpet is rolled out.
Charlize Theron slipped on a Dior mermaid gown for the Oscars.
Zac Posen had a similar inspiration for Glenn Close. Glenn was either reluctant to bare arms
or she was being respectful to the Memoriam segment she presented at the Oscars.
Either way, both women shone new light on a timeless look.
Classic or contemporary, safe or sexy,
we know there will always be a new interpretation of the Black Gown.
“Too much good taste can be boring.” Diana Vreeland
“Never fear being vulgar, fear boring!” Diana Vreeland