As usual, the Oscars provides a good source of inspiration for the spectacular eveningwear. What we have noticed is that bling bling is out and understated elegance is in.
Fashion Doll Stylist would like to congratulate Lupita Nyong'O for having won an Oscar as Best Supporting Actress in this year's Academy Awards. As we have come to expect, Lupita appeared dressed impeccably in a frothy, pleated gown drenched in "Narobi" blue.
This dress looked spectacular on the young actress. The real secret in making a dolly version lies in the choice of the fabric. Admittedly, this was a challenge. First I tried pleating the fabric myself, however, the pleats were totally out of scale and the dress was anything but "frothy like champagne." Finally I took apart an old camisole made of a miniscule pleated sheer. And voila, I arrived at a similar look.
The girls also loved the red Christian Dior dress worn by Jennifer Lawrence. I used a strapless sheath dress then added the two gathered panels on either side of the front darts.
My favorite dress of the evening is this Alexander McQueen worn by Sandra Bullock. Again, I began with a simple strapless sheath then added two panels to the front which I then draped and stitched in place.
Kelly Washington looked stunning in this Jason Wu, a gown modified to accommodate Ms. Washington's blessed state. For this non-pregnant version, I began with a basic foundation underneath, then took a rectangle of sheer fabric, folded it in half then pinched it at the bust. It is attached to the foundation with tiny stitches.
And again, I loved this very simple black Valentino dress worn by Olivia Wilde. My model, Anna has the non-pregnant version. For this I cut out of a fine silk jersey and added a triangle of fabric to the back seam to create a train.
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