Oscar Gowns Inspired By Book Covers

Oscar Gowns Inspired By Book Covers


Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, and Dior—all of the big names showcased their best work at the 86th Academy Awards this year. While we can’t necessarily prove that they took inspiration from literature, we did happen to notice quite a few similarities between some of the gorgeous gowns and these stunning book covers. Who do you think wore it best?

Jennifer Lawrence

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Depending on the angle, Lawrence’s dress looked alternately red and orange. It was so reminiscent of the Catching Fire color scheme that we have to imagine her stylist planned it. Cinna would be so proud!

Anne Hathaway

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At first glance, this column dress seemed pretty typical for Hathaway. But the mirrored top elevated it—especially when she presented an award, and it caught all the lights in the theater. The rainbow effect reminded us of none other than everyone’s favorite children’s book character, the Rainbow Fish with his dazzling scales.

Lupita Nyong’o

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Though Lupito’s flowy baby blue gown—one of the evening’s standouts—was initially compared to Cinderella’s dress in terms of cut, we immediately thought of Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver.

Jared Leto

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Leto blew us away with his Best Supporting Actor speech and his impeccable white tux. So, we say this with all the love… The red bowtie really reminded us of The Cat in the Hat.

Cate Blanchett

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On a fashion novice, this nude gown covered in large white and silver paillettes would have been overpowering, but Blanchett pulled it off. Perhaps she drew inspiration from John Gall’s striking (but not overpowering) design for the paperback version of Haruki Murakami’s After Dark.

Angelina Jolie

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Then you have the original After Dark cover designed by Chip Kidd, which immediately brings to mind Jolie’s gown, shot through with silver.

Julia Roberts

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While this wasn’t our favorite Roberts dress ever, you can’t miss the resemblance to Gail Carriger’s lacy Etiquette & Espionage cover.

Kerry Washington

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We really dug Washington’s dusty lavender gown, which gave her the most elegant baby bump of the evening. Similarly, Amanda Quick’s Dangerous cover has that great purple radiance without being cheesy.

Sandra Bullock, Ellen DeGeneres, and Amy Adams

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This year the women of the Oscars showed that you can’t go wrong with a classy midnight blue ensemble. Amy Adams wowed in a form-fitting Gucci, that still gave her plenty of room to dance. Sandra Bullock’s stunning deep blue gown won her Best Dressed before the Gravity star even entered the theater. And Ellen captivated us with her hosting and frequent wardrobe changes, yet the one we kept going back to was the sparkling Saint Laurent tux she wore to open the show. Dare we say these ladies were inspired by the deep, alluring blue hues of The Ocean at the End of the Lane?

All the men

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To be honest, we were most impressed with what the men did with the tuxedo’s usually limited style/palette, compared to what we saw of the women’s gowns. Whether they went with leather detailing or playful pops of color in their bowties, they proved why black-and-white is so classic.



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