I wish Cher had a date with Oscar
Sunday night is the big night. If you are reading this blog you are the type of fashion fan who doesn't need to be reminded, much less told what happens Sunday night. The Deal Divas will be live tweeting starting at 6 p.m. Sunday at #tbtoscars
I'll be tweeting and hosting our family's annual Oscar party for a few neighbors and friends. We charge $3 a ballot to bet in the pool. No talking except during the commericals. This is not like the Superbowl when it doesn't matter if you miss half of it. We serve food based on the best picture nominees. This year's menu will include Bear Claws in honor of the Revenant, spaghetti for Brooklyn and brie and crackers for Room. (My son thought of that one. I think he has a slight crush on her,)
As I was counting down the minutes to the red carpet last night, I found myself looking through my well worn Complete Book of Oscar Fashion. Best book I've ever bought from a Barnes & Noble clearance table.
It shows all the best and worst looks from the past 80 years or so. I love the timeless look of Old Hollywood. Dresses worn by Grace Kelly, Vivien Leigh, Olivia deHaviland and the like would still be amazing for any actress taking the stage Sunday. Katharine Hepburn wore palazzo pants most years. In '74 she told the press she hadn't bothered to change out of her gardening clogs for the cermony.
There's the amazing gown Halle Berry wore in 2002 with embroidered leaves barely covering her breasts and lower waist with a draped velvet skirt. It was SHOCKING yet elegant long before the girls of today wore sheer body suits on a weekly basis. Uma Thurman was so lovely in 1995 she looks spectacular in a simple lavender nightgown.
One of my all time favorite gowns is the vintage Valentine Julia Roberts wore when she got Best Actress for Erin Brockovich. I was so happy for her that night until she didn't even acknowledge the real Erin Brockovich in her acceptance speech. But her exquisite dress helped make up for it.
What my velvet-covered Oscar fashion book reminded me of most is the big hole in Oscar night fashion now that Cher doesn't go. We could always count on Cher to outdo not just all the others but also herself from the previous year with her shocking fashion.
In 1974 she wore a pastel swimsuit cover up that totally beared her stomach and some awful sequined lillies in her hair. She looked great. In '86 she wore something out of Christian Grey's closet plus a wig with hair spiked 18 inches high. In 1988 when she won the Oscar for Moonstruck I can't even tell you what she wore but it was barely there, ugly, black, beaded and we LOVED it!
I like to think Lady Gaga is starting to fill Cher's role. She's just as talented and shocking, but her moments of good taste will have to dwindle.
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