How much do Award Show dresses cost and do celebrities pay for them?

Oscar nominations are finalized and the movie industry’s awards season is about to begin in earnest with the 94and The Oscars will be held at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood March 27. Before the stars hit the red carpet in Los Angeles, the awards circuit will stop in London for the BAFTAS on March 13, Santa Monica Pier for the Film Independent Spirit Awards a week earlier, with the Critics’ Choice Awards taking place the same day as the BAFTAs. The Golden Globes, traditionally seen as a barometer for Oscar consideration, held a muted ceremony in January after the boycott of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association by many actors and media companies. The event was not televised and there were no stars in the parade, which will attention on the BAFTAS and Oscars red carpet even more pronounced this year.

Among the nominees for the acting awards will be some of the biggest names in the industry – Jessica Chastain, Olivia Coleman, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman and Kristen Stewart will vie for Best Actress – while Don’t look upThe Best Picture nod secures the presence of a red carpet favourite, Jennifer Lawrence, who etched her own story in the history of the awards ceremony in 2013 when her elaborate Dior Couture dress caused her to stumble down the stairs to the wat to collect her Best Actress statue for Silver Linings Playbook. The dress reportedly cost $4 million, but Dior was happy to hand it over to Lawrence as she was the brand ambassador at the time. They were probably even happier about Lawrence’s downfallwhich quickly filled the top of every celebrity website in the world.

How much does an Oscars dress cost?

Lawrence’s $4 million figure may sound a bit extravagant, but in reality, fashion houses and luxury brands are scrambling to drape their wares over the industry’s biggest stars. Laurent, the star of the hunger games franchise and four-time Oscar nominee as well as three-time Golden Globe winner, was the highest-paid actress in the world in 2015 and 2016 and Her Dior dress is said to hold the record for the most expensive item of clothing ever worn on a red carpet.

As you might expect, awards ceremony dresses don’t come cheap. Six figures is pretty standard, although of course not all entrants choose to go the high fashion route. Kim Basinger designed her 1990 dress herselfBjörk’s bizarre swan dress won’t be soon forgotten and Trey Parker and Matt Stone (of South Park fame) rocked in 2000 wearing dresses themselves. Male stars don’t need big budgets to attend an awards show, where a decent tux or suit can cost between $3,000 and $5,000but any watchmaker or smith worth their salt will seek to put their products on wrists and feet for the cameras.

In contrast, the most expensive set of all time is thought to be Cate Blanchett’s Armani Privé dress and Chopard jewelry from the 2013 Oscars, which brought in $18 million.

So who pays the bill? Unsurprisingly, stars aren’t expected to shell out for their dresses and trinkets, with many designers happy to pay for their dresses to be exhibited. Stylist Jessica Paster, who has worked with Blanchett and Emily Blunt, told Vogue this actresses can raise up to $250,000 to wear a designer’s creations on the red carpet.

What happened to the Oscars dresses after the ceremony?

Generally, the dresses worn by the stars during the awards evenings are the property of the designer, and as such the vast majority are fired when the cameras stop flashing and are safely put away. But like Tanya Gill, who has worked with Jane Fonda, Hilary Swank and Kate Winslet, told Vanity Fair in 2017, once in a while, a designer will be happy enough for his muses to keep his creations.

One such example is Jennifer Lopez’s revealing green Versace dress. that the singer and actress wore to the Grammys in 2000, which was swallowed up by fashion media and celebrity websites as the fashion house felt compelled to let her keep it. They could hardly say no: Lopez’s look led to the invention of Google Images.

Some fashion houses may also bank on a long-term relationship with a particular star and therefore seek to sweeten the deal by giving a dress as a gift. When an actor and a brand come together, it’s much like any other business arrangement, with the star expected to wear what the company provides to award shows for the duration of the contract.

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