Art Imitating Pageants: 2012 Oscars Gowns That Are Fit for the Pageant Stage


by pageantprofessors

Watching the red carpet interviews from the Oscars this year was such a treat for the team here at Pageant Professors because we saw an array of styles, colors, and trends that could easily translate into gowns for the pageant world. When we spoke to a judging panel earlier this year, one of our interviewees noted that the pageant community spends so much money on pageant gowns—why not spring for a classic designer piece that can be worn again and again? We saw several dresses this year that could fit that criterion.


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Jennifer Lopez: Jennifer wore a white and sheer, metallic sequined Zuhair Murad piece with a plunging neckline and cut-outs in the sleeves. The accordion style fabric in the train was stunning. We could definitely see this as a gown competing at a Mrs. Pageant as is.

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Stacy Kiebler: Stacy looked stunning (then again who doesn’t on Clooney’s arm?) in an exquisite off-the shoulder/one-shoulder gown by Marchesa. What stood out about this dress was the in-your-face gold hue which made her look like one of the Oscar statuettes. Her tall frame and slender body were the perfect canvas for this gown. With the addition of a slit and the elimination of the gathered fabric at the waist, this would be an amazing Miss gown.

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Milla Jovovich: It was white. It sparkled. Say no more, this dress was pageant ready. Mila rocked a one-sleeve off-the-shoulder number from Elie Saab like she was Miss Universe. The couture gown could be worn by any age bracket at any pageant. It was truly a timeless pageant piece.

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Viola Davis: Viola chose to wear a bright green gown by Vera Wang. Although dubbed a “worst dressed” nominee by a few media outlets, this gown was an awesome jewel tone that we would love to see on a Teen contestant. With the peek-a-boo cleavage window altered/adjusted to be more conservative, this piece would be stage-ready for any contestant 15-18.

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Cameron Diaz: Cameron always looks incredible because she takes such great care of her body. The Oscars were no exception. Her strapless gown with a mermaid cut could easily translate to the pageant stage for any age group. The nude color presented a beautiful contrast with her tan skin and bright blond hair. The subtle bling at the bottom of the gown made the movement of the fabric absolutely stunning. For the pageant world, we would recommend taking a dress like this and having extra bling applied to the bodice.

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Angelina Jolie: Holy thigh. We loved that this gown had the perfect pageant slit. Although this dress had too much heavy material (velvet) for a pageant stage, the cut and design were magnificent. The black is classic, but the slit made it cutting edge. This dress could provide awesome inspiration for a Miss gown or even a Mrs. gown if done correctly.


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