Silver Screen Modes is again awarding the Most Glamorous Gown Award for the  stars and their most glamorous gowns worn at the Oscars red carpet in 2016. I started this award in 2010  for my previous blog The Silver Screen Modiste in 2010 and have been awarding it annually ever since.

The gowns this year have been a combination of classic glamour and creative flights of fashion fancy, with beautiful results but that sometimes  overpower the delicate beauties they dress.

The Most Glamorous Gown Award goes to Naomi Watts in an Armani Prive cobalt blue and red highlighted  columnar strapless  sequined gown. She looked so fabulous and so very glamorous.

Photo by Jason Merritt
Photo by Jason Merritt

Other three star (runner-up) gowns were very striking.  Saiorse Ronan wore a stunning Calvin Klein emerald green column gown of bugle beads. The star of  Brooklyn said she wore green to honor Ireland.

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The young star Margot Robbie looked like old Hollywood glamour in gold Tom Ford snake-skin print gown with its plunging neckline. Classic

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Alicia Vikander is proving to be a fashion savvy young star. Her canary yellow Louis Vuitton had a unique silhouette with its gathered hemline and beaded embroideriess.

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Best  Actress winner Brie Larson wore a stunning blue ruffled Gucci with an eye-catching silver belt.

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Fashion trends have their place on the red carpet, although the bigger trend over the last several years has been the interplay between actor, stylist, and fashion designer. As stylists have taken on more influence, there have been fewer “what was she thinking” moments on the red carpet. The result has been an over-all improvement in the beauty (and glamour)of the gowns. But as some stars become more daring in their fashion choices in  a sort of revolt, we see gowns and outfits that don’t quite work.  Cate Blanchett, the perennial fashion plate, wore a light blue-green feathered Armani-Prive gown that, while it flattered her figure, the abundant feathers competed with her fine facial features.

The Golden Globes have also become more formal in recent years, increasingly competitive with the Academy Awards for the glamour of the red carpet gowns.  The January 10 event showed a couple of fashion trends, though there are perennial glamour favorites. One is the plunging bustline, exposing daring views of breast and ample skin. This can be worn on a gown of satin, chiffon, or most popular of all, sequins of various colors and in gold or silver. There’s nothing like sparkle. The other trend is the deep side slit with the posed jutting leg, made popular ever since  Angelina Jolie started it at the 2012 Academy Awards in a black Versace gown. These trends continued at the Academy Awards of 2016.


Actress Angelina Jolie arrives before the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
Angelina Jolie at the 84th Academy Awards in 2012. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)


Last year’s MOST GLAMOROUS GOWN AWARD went to MARGOT ROBBIE in a black Yves Saint Laurent  gown with a very deep décolletage and with sheer long sleeves. The petite blonde Margot looked stunning in black.


Oscar Margot

Previous winners have been: Charlize Theron wearing a Dior Haute Couture black decollete  gown (2014); Jessica Chastain in a copper-colored Armani Prive (2013); Milla Jovovich in a white sequin Elie Saab gown (2012); Anne Hathaway in a red Valentino (2011); and Sandra Bullock in a gold-beaded Marchesa (2010).

Mad Max: Fury Road won for Best Costume design for Jenny Beavan. This was a a very creative and inventive costume fantasy, and a bold pick for the Academy voters.. Mad Max had won at the English BAFTA awards and in the Fantasy category at the Costume Designer’s Guild Awards.


  1. Great stuff by Ms. Beavan. She swept the costume awards. Have yet to see the film. I loved Alicia Vikander’s yellow Louis Vuitton to bits. You did your “tough job” so well–as always. Thanks!

    1. Yes, she won the Oscar and did a great job on Mad Max – very creative. I thought the voters would go for Cinderella since they traditionally favor the historical type costume film (which Cinderella was basically). So I was surprised. I think all the press about the “old” demographic
      of the Academy shook them up and they voted a bit differently. Not to say that Jenny Beavan didn’t deserve to win, she did.

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