I always look forward to the Oscars, not really to find out who won what, but to greedily drink in the fashions! In recent years we’ve seen 1970s styles sneaking back onto the red carpet, with plunging necklines, bell sleeves, ruffles and maxi dresses starting to make regular appearances (just HOW fabulous Julianne Moore looked in that plunging Tom Ford column dress at the 2015 Baftas? Classic 70s style at it’s best).
For people who don’t want to go down the Kardashian route of flashing as much flesh as possible, the 70s provides some fabulous fashion inspiration. It was a decade which thew off the uniformity of formal wear that we saw on Hollywood stars of the 1950s (the classic cinched waist, past-knee-length gown paired with long gloves as seen on Sophia Loren, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn etc). The 70s celebrity embraced a relaxed, more individual look. This was a time when red-carpet events were much rarer than today and celebrity stylists were almost unknown. Celebrities wore whatever they liked, whether it was a maxi dress, a crochet hat, or something they made themselves, and we saw some much-welcome individuality.
Admittedly, not all of these looks were successful, but you could say exactly the same now, and I for one love the 1970s Academy Award photos, with all the bright colors, and a fun causal but glamorous vibe that you rarely see at the Oscars today.
Take a look at our gallery of 70s red carpet style on Pinterest, and you’ll see what I mean. Also I’ve included a few genuine 70s dresses below which encapsulate the award ceremony vibe perfectly from that decade, with their beautiful billowing fabric by Finish designer Vuokko (one of the principal designers for Marimekko). Which is your favoutie? Personally I adore the sleeves on the dress below. The design is called “Tyrskyranta”: “tyrsky” is like an old name for storm, or actually the phenomena when water hits the shore or rocks heavily and “ranta” is the shore, and you can totally see how the sleeves evoke this when you move your arms! Click on the photos below to see more pictures, and you can grab your own slice of amazing 70s glamour!
See more of our beautiful designer 1970s gowns here. and don’t forget to comment below and let us know which is your favorite!
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