The Sidney-based fashion journalist, stylist, and designer collocates this impressively in her illustrated book “Red Carpet Oscars”, and has thus presented a noteworthy compendium of trending costume history. Her comprehensive chronological survey reflects not only the styles and values of each era but displays how the read (in 2022 beige - for once?) carpet has become a platform to make social statements. In this way, the work also opens up a journey through time, through fashion developments in the respective social and political climates.
In 1940, for example, Hattie McDaniel was the first African American to win an Academy Award, but she was only allowed to enter the hotel "for whites" through a side entrance and was not allowed to sit at a table with the other act.
Mulhearn presents over ninety years of fashion worn at the film world’s biggest event since its inception in 1929, charting what the stars wore and why. From ready-to-wear and haute couture, from preloved to homemade dresses: the actress Luise Rainer for instance had not expected to be among the winners in 1937. Then to receive her Oscar she spontaneously appeared in an elegant nightgown with a fur pulled over it - which in today's world for the fur part of the outfit would probably be more of a no-go than for the bed gown.
Along with decided background information, and amusing anecdotes from the world of film as an art form the book tracks the style evolution of Hollywood’s leading stars, shows the commercialization of the red carpet, the emergence of stylists, and the radical shifts that reshaped formal dressing.
A must-have not only for movie enthusiasts but also all fashion creators and marketers it becomes while showcasing 820 large format photographs of a thousand looks across almost a century of film and fashion. In addition to carefully curated images of the most iconic and inspiring outfits, each year features a short overview, sharing the stories behind the looks and tapping into fashion trends, along with the social and political influences of the time.
Fashion writer Dijanne Mulhearn has compiled the ultimate fashion resource that celebrates both the glamour and the impact of one of the most-watched watched red-carpet runways in the world.