Penelope Cruz dazzles in vintage Balmain for Oscar night

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As I watched the Oscars last night, I couldn’t help but notice, to my utter delight,  that Old Hollywood glamour reigned at this year’s Academy Awards.  Many actresses walked the red carpet in strapless and one shouldered dresses reminiscent of Grace Kelly, Jean Harlow and Rita Hayworth.  I’m so happy to see this classic look revived because I think some of the most beautiful evening wear in history came out of the 30s, 40s and 50s.

But my favorite overall was the gown  Penelope Cruz wore to accept her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in Vicky Christina Barcelona. A dreamy   ivory  embroidered Balmain gown from the 1950s that was fit for a princess.   She fell in love with it eight years ago when she saw it at Lily et Cie,   THE premier destination for couture vintage clothing, and vowed to wear it one day.  Fortunately, for her,  it was still available.

Penelope Cruz in 1950's vintage Balmain

Penelope Cruz in 1950's vintage Balmain

Here are some of my other favorite dresses that I think capture the retro glamour look nicely.

Vintege Inspired Oscar Fashions 2009

Vinage Inspired Oscar Fashions 2009

1. Kate Winslet, who always looks classy, is wearing a one shoulder Yves St Laurent dress.

2. Frida Pinto in royal blue beaded John Galliano gown.

3. Marion Cotillard wearing a strapless, belted Dior in black and blue.

4. Evan Rachel Wood’s Harlowesque Elie Saab gown in a champagne satin.

5. Another Elie Saab dress worn by Angelia Jolie. This designer excels at looks that epitomize the glamour of the golden era of Hollywood.

6. Sarah Jessica Parker’s pale green Dior gown is beautiful. But it would have looked much classier if she’s wasnt about to spill out of it!

Sarah Jessica Parker about to erupt out of gown

Sarah Jessica Parker about to erupt out of gown

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2 thoughts on “Penelope Cruz dazzles in vintage Balmain for Oscar night

  1. Checked out the Dior runway version from the fall collection. You’re absolutely right. That gown is definitely more elegant. I guess for the red carpet many actresses feel a more skin baring look garners more attention.

    The Sabrina gown is absolutely amazing. Though I think pretty much everything Audrey Hepburn wore was amazing!

  2. Have a look at the runway version of SJP’s Dior from his fall 2008 couture collection. It’s so much more elegant without the sweetheart bodice. My absolute FAVOURITE dress of all time is the Givenchy gown Audrey Hepburn wore in Sabrina. I wish someone would pay tribute to it on a red carpet one day…

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