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Vogue editor-at-large André Leon Talley curated "A Celebration of Oscar® Fashion" to a large crowd attending the presentation of gowns worn by nominees, winners and presenters at the Academy Awards over the years.

"We searched high and low to find the best-of-the-best gowns worn over the years," said Talley.
"Of course, we wanted Cher's infamous black Bob Mackie (see picture left) - that dress made history all on its own.

And who could forget Charlize Theron in that shimmering gold Gucci (see picture right) that she wore when she won the Oscar for 'Monster'?"
The retrospective was the idea of 79th Academy Awards producer Laura Ziskin, who asked Talley to curate the collection and announce the show. "I have vivid memories of the actresses first appearing in gowns," said Ziskin. "In each of those moments, they were perfect. Those moments can't be re-created, but these dresses are little pieces of history and we wanted to remind people of them."

The invitation-only event showcased over 40 previously worn gowns and was attended by designers, current owners and, in some cases, the original wearers. To preserve some of the more delicate gowns, several were displayed on mannequins, including the Gold American Express gown worn by Lizzy Gardiner when she won the Academy Award for Best Costume Design for her work on "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert."
Celebrity hairstylist Mark Townsend and makeup artist Paul Starr guided a team of artists to create the looks to expect on the red carpet this Awards season.

To complete the looks, the Oscar gowns were paired with contemporary jewels by Cartier, Martin Katz, Neil Lane, Fred Leighton, Van Cleef & Arpels and Harry Winston. Shoes and accessories were provided by Manolo Blahnik, Judith Leiber, Christian Louboutin, Prada, Roger Vivier and Stuart Weitzman.

Vogue West Coast editor Lisa Love and Vogue fashion editor Lawren Howell collaborated with Talley to create the show. Rabin Rodgers Inc., a creative and consulting lifestyle marketing firm specializing in event production, produced the show.
The event represented a collection of gowns worn over the past few decades, including gowns worn by Cher, Annette Bening, Ingrid Bergman, Halle Berry, Cate Blanchett, Geena Davis, Edith Head, Angelina Jolie, Keira Knightley, Sophia Loren, Barbra Streisand, Elizabeth Taylor and Charlize Theron.
Bob Mackie for Cher, Winner Best Actress for "Moonstruck", 60th Academy Awards
Giorgio Armani Prive for
Annette Bening
Nominee for Best Actress for "Being Julia"
77th Academy Awards
Edith Head for
Elizabeth Taylor
Presenter Best Picture
42nd Academy Awards
Chanel for
Ingrid Bergman
Winner Best Supporting Actress for
"Murder on the Orient Express"
47th Academy Awards
Vera Wang for Keira Knightley, Nominee Best Actress for
"Pride & Prejudice", 78th Academy Awards
Edith Head for Edith Head, her own design
Nominee Best Costume Design for "The Buccaneer"
31st Academy Awards
Carolina Herrera for
Renee Zellweger
Presenter Best Supporting Actress
77th Academy Awards
Theadora Van Runkle for
Faye Dunaway
Nominee Best Actress for "Bonnie and Clyde"
40th Academy Awards
Elie Saab for
Halle Berry
Winner Best Actress for "Monster's Ball"
74th Academy Awards
Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel for
Jennifer Lopez
Presenter Best Original Song
73rd Academy Awards
Arnold Scaasi for
Mitzi Gaynor
Performed Nominated Song
"Georgy Girl" from "Georgy Girl"
39th Academy Awards
Christian Lacroix for
Kristin Scott Thomas
Nominee Best Actress for "The English Patient"
69th Academy Awards
John Galliano for Dior for
Charlize Theron
Presenter Best Actor
77th Academy Awards
Edith Head for
Janet Leigh
Presenter Best Screenplay
32nd Academy Awards
Jean Louis for Marlene Dietrich
worn by Jamie Lee Curtis
Presenter Best Sound Effects Ed.
55th Academy Awards
Giorgio Armani for
Jodie Foster
Nominee Best Actress for "Nell"
67th Academy Awards
Vintage Chanel for
Kirsten Dunst
Presenter Best Film Edit.
77th Academy Awards
Photographer was on assignment for "German World Magazine" - All photos taken with prof. equipment
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