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The 84th Annual Academy Awards

Last night, the red carpet was full of glamorous gowns for the 84th Annual Academy Award ceremony. The Threads editors favorites include: Gwyneth Paltrow, Octavia Spencer, Stacey Keibler, Michelle Williams, Jessica Chastain and Natalie Portman. Here are some of the designer gowns from Oscar night.

Which look was your favorite? Do events like the Oscars inspire your sewing?

Gwyneth Paltrow – Tom Ford

Octavia Spencer – Tadashi Shoji

Stacy Keibler – Marchesa

Michelle Williams – Louis Vuitton

Jessica Chastain – Alexander McQueen

Natalie Portman – Vintage Christian Dior

Rooney Mara – Givenchy Haute Couture

Sandra Bullock – Marchesa

Glenn Close – Zac Posen

Penelope Cruz – Armani Prive

Angelina Jolie – Atelier Versace

Judy Greer – Monique Lhuillier

Jennifer Lopez – Zuhair Murad

Meryl Streep – Lanvin

Viola Davis – Vera Wang

Kristin Wiig – J. Mendel


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  1. MaryWorks | | #1

    The sophistication of Sandra Bullock's dress, hair, and overall appearance certainly gets a thumbs up from me. And Octavia Spencer's gown was spot-on for her...her look, her figure, her night! Angelina's dress was a disappointment, and I could have done without the deliberate leg exposure...come on...where's the mystery and art of subtlety these days?

    I'm always inspired by beauty!

  2. namasteknitter | | #2

    Overall I give the Tadashi Shoji gown for Octavia Spencer a 10. It fit, it was flattering, the sequin/beading design added to figure flattery. She looked beautiful in it, which is the point of fashion.
    I give an 9 to the Marchesa gown for Stacy Keibler for beautiful draping and use of fabric and construction that defies the laws of gravity.
    The rest seemed boring/been there,done that.
    I do give a 0 to the Alexander McQueen dress for Jessica Chastain, which gives a drapery/upholstery look. She should have said no to that one.
    Thanks for posting the pictures as I didn't watch the show. I'm going to look at more Tadashi Shogi gowns!
    Love Threads!

  3. scrubble4 | | #3

    First, I loved that they were elegant, ladylike. Nothing wierd, or unpleasant, in my opinion. I know we all have different thoughts on what is wierd.

    Secondly, my choices for my favorite are as follows:

    Jennifer Lopez - Zuhair Murad I loved the flow of the fabric design which married the dress design. Elegant for a lovely lady.

    Glenn Close - Zac Pose In my eyes tries elegant. Just lovely for a woman who can carry it off.

    Octavia Spencer - Tadashi Shoji my favorite. I think this would be smashing on most figures. It certainly looked marvelous on Octavia. It seems to me to be understated perfection. The material, the design, everything works.

  4. Lindamultitasker | | #4

    Of these gowns, the only one I really like is the Lanvin gown on Meryl Streep. Glenn Close's gown is pretty, but busy. My favorite this year was the one-shoulder gown worn by Virginia Madsen, that is not in this gallery. I think we should leave white to the bridal industry, and strapless to the debutantes. Call me a crank :)

  5. Rabia | | #5

    Did anyone else here spot the reason WHY JLo almost suffered a 'wardrobe malfunction" with that gown she was wearing????

    Only people who sew would know the reason why!

    Anyone who has ever made a gown knows that you cannot have a dress that is cut low both front and back...it won't stay on your shoulders! Someone should have installed loops of elastic to go around under her arms to keep the dress in place!

  6. Ceeayche | | #6

    The Tadashi Shoji gown worn by Octavia Spencer was exquisite. In addition to being beautiful, it fit her perfectly, and it was suited for her body. PERFECTION!

    I also liked the drama of the Marchesa gown worn by Stacy Keibler.

    While I liked the emerald color of Viola Davis' Vera Wang gown, I did not think the fitting on it was flattering to Ms. Davis.

    Penelope Cruz' gown was cut beautifully, but too long in the front. I also thought that Glen Close looked beautiful. The dress was also fitted perfectly.

    These days I'm most attracted to those gowns which are fitted beautifully and suited to the body.

  7. lakewoodlady | | #7

    All of the gowns were beautiful. My favorites were worn my Sandra Bullock, Penelope Cruz, and Jennifer Lopez. Yes, if my daughters lifestyles still called for gowns, we would be sure to look at these gowns for ideas and colors. What wonderful inspirations they are. Their designers deserve the accolades they receive.

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