The red carpet is so much more than fabulous gowns on famous people; it reflects the styles and values of each era and has become a platform to make social statements. Red Carpet Oscars 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 homemade and preloved dresses to ready-to-wear and haute couture, it tracks the style evolution of Hollywood’s leading stars, the commercialization of the red carpet, the emergence of stylists, and the radical shifts that reshaped formal dressing.
This comprehensive chronological survey showcases a thousand looks across almost a century. 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 Dijanna Mulhearn has compiled the ultimate fashion resource that celebrates both the glamour and the impact of one of the most watched red-carpet runways in the world.
Author Dijanna Mulhearn reflects on almost 100 years of Oscars fashion, digging into the 'why' of celebrities' outfit choices in addition to the 'what' [and] takes it way back to the early years of the show, through some of the more memorable celebrity looks of today.
A delectable compilation, sure to please fashion and film devotees.
— Library Journal (starred review)
Gigantic and gorgeously illustrated.
— New York Daily News
Photographs offer an incredible parade of silver screen talent… and Mulhearn's text helps tell the couture story, providing social context and a taste of each evening's drama and the actors' personalities… Fascinating.
A great way to enrich your TV viewing pleasure, or an Oscar party.
— Avenue Magazine
Will delight both film buffs and fashionistas, as it provides brief capsule summaries of what went on at each year's celebration along with photos of Hollywood's biggest and most glamorous stars as they approached the awards ceremony… The handy index allows fans to track their preferred stars or find favorite designers.
— Shelf Awareness
Dijanna Mulhearn is a Sydney-based author whose obsession with the transformational properties of clothing began at the age of eleven. Her career in fashion has careened from retail and marketing to public relations and being an author. She has a master's degree in communication design and voraciously consumes all manner of literature including studies on semiotics and the subliminal effect of clothing.