The Oscars in Play-Doh
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As the internet was creaking under the weight of repetitive red carpet analysis, AnOther Magazine went off script, asking artist Eleanor Macnair to recreate Oscars’ favourite outfits in Play-Doh.
Turning on our computers the morning after the Academy Awards was like entering a sequinned tsunami, with every media outlet pressing pause on their coverage of world news to provide detailed analysis of the annual sartorial bunfight that is the Oscars red carpet. We now know that Olivia Wilde is supremely elegant when pregnant, we’ve wondered if Pharrell Willams’s Oscars shorts beat his Grammy’s hat, and we’ve applauded Jared Leto’s one-man battle to keep the dip dye alive. But at AnOther, they presented a really special record of the dresses and bow ties that paraded outside the Dolby Theatre on Oscars night, thus they asked artist and Play-doh aficionado Eleanor Macnair to recreate them in malleable technicolour. From Lupita in powdery Prada to Liza Minelli’s electric blue Halston, these are some of the highlights from the Oscars of 2014.
This year, it was universally acknowledged that Lupita Nyong’o – ultimately winner of the Best Supporting Actress award – would be the most anticipated arrival. She didn't disappoint, emerging looking exquisite in Prada. Everyone’s beloved star Jennifer Lawrence fell over once again and married clumsiness with Dior, looking wonderful. The favourite by miles to win the Best Actress for Blue Jasmine, Cate Blanchett glowed in Armani Privé on the way into the theatre, and positively sparkled on the podium when she went up to collect the award. Striding to the ceremony in a white Saint Laurent jacket and a ruby bow tie, Jared Leto exuded all the androgynous élan that saw him win the Best Supporting Actor accolade. Liza Minnelli eschewed the conformity of gowns in favour of the luxurious 70s glamour of a silken two-piece, flat shoes and hair streaked electric blue.