It’s customary at the Oscars to see stars show up in designs that you only just saw come down the runway during fashion month, sometimes even a mere day before the ceremony itself. But Rachel McAdams has taken the evening gown one-upmanship to the next level, showing up to the red carpet in a dress that was not only made just last week, but hasn’t even been shown on the designer’s runway yet!
The actress’s jade backless silk slip dress is from up-and-coming, L.A.-based designer August Getty’s forthcoming collection which will show in Paris on March 5. People spoke with McAdam’s stylists Rob Zangardi and Mariel Haenn about her choice for the big night, enthusing, “the second she put it on she was like, whoa, this is so amazing, this is the dress.” But originally, the Best Supporting Actress nominee and her team thought this look would be her Vanity Fair after party dress so they trimmed off that statement-making 5-foot train. However, when the actress texted the stylists that she couldn’t stop thinking about the gown, they immediately called Getty who quickly whipped them up a whole new train to replace the one they’s shorn off the night before the ceremony.
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Speaking of that major red carpet train moment, Zangardi continued, “a lot of the pictures you cant really see, but its actually pleated in the center and it jets out almost like a triangle at the end. It looks like one train, but its actually a pleated train within the train. It’s so amazing.”
The actress’s look has sparked a “Better from the Back” debate in the PeopleStyle offices, because the rear view is just that striking. But as McAdams has proven all award season, she can pull off just about any silhouette.
What do you think of Rachel McAdams gown? Do you think she made the right red carpet choice? Would you wear it?
–Emily Kirkpatrick, reporting by Ana Calderone