The Hollywood Reporter -- We've always wondered why there weren't more
vintage costume and designer fashion elements in the Oscar preshow. Sure, there
are plenty of amazing actresses in couture gowns sailing down the red carpet,
but let's face it, no one -- not even your grandmother -- can get enough of
Oscar fashion, its present and its glorious past.
Now get ready for a preshow and red carpet filled with more Oscar fashion and
costume than you can shake a diamond stick at. After all, vintage Hollywood
costumes -- and certainly recent ones, too -- are a huge inspiration for fashion
designers in both New York and Europe. Every documentary about a designer --
Valentino, Marc Jacobs, Yves Saint Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld, Isaac Mizrahi -- has
the designer talking about the movies they saw as a kid and how the costumes led
them to becoming fashion designers.
Charlie Haykel and producing partner Juliane Hare tell The Hollywood Reporter
that the red carpet is going to be dressed a little differently this year: On
kiosks along the stretch of carpet where the giant statuettes once sat will be
large-scale blowups of original costume sketches, about 26 of them -- including
ones from such fashion-influencing movies as Bonnie and Clyde, Gone With the
Wind and Roman Holiday -- so actresses in their Oscar gowns will be photographed
against backgrounds of major Oscar costume sketches. It's designed to give
viewers an idea of the changes in silhouettes of gowns and dresses over the
years while adding a wonderful new visual element to the opening of the
"This was an idea that Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron had in our
first meeting," Haykel tells THR. "They wanted to involve Oscar-winning costumes
with the red carpet. They wanted to find a way in the production to tastefully
integrate them and open the door to how costume design has influenced
Fashion also will work into ABC's Oscar preshow via video; Haykel tells Fash
Track that short films will air throughout the preshow (which runs from 4-5:30
p.m. PT). Featured will be interviews with American fashion design names Vera
Wang, Michael Kors and Diane von Furstenberg along with Georgina Chapman and
Keren Craig of Marchesa, who are British but live in New York.
"They talk about the stars and movies and costumes that influenced their
designs the most," Haykel says. "They definitely reference specific movies and
moments, and it's great to have these iconic American designers paying homage to
One more new element in the preshow: a surprise. While host Kristin Chenoweth
is interviewing stars at her stage, a piece of Hollywood and American history
will be up there with her, hidden from view. It's the Oscar mystery of the
night, and she'll be encouraging viewers to guess on Twitter (hashtag
#OscarMystery) and asking the stars what they think it might be. Of course,
there'll be a big reveal at the end. Will it be fashion related? We don't know,
but given all the other fashion elements, we're hoping it might be.
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