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Oscars 2017: Of Androgynous Fashion Moments at Red Carpets

Designers now a days thrive on taking risks and celebrities, for most part, leave no stones unturned in supporting them.

Kriti Tulsiani | News18.com@sleepingpsyche2

Updated:February 24, 2017, 3:24 PM IST

Years back when the award ceremonies began, they were merely a day to acknowledge, applaud and award the deserving. But as time passed by, the ceremonies took a little detour and added various other aspects under its umbrella, and the most prominent one was the emergence of red carpet glamour.

The red carpet fashion knows no bounds. It doesn’t adhere to trends nor sticks to rules but wavers off as per the mood and vibe of the current scenario. After a certain point in career and in life, one knows what works for them, and usually decides not to veer away from it. Even though the dominant look has always been that of a princess gown, some leading ladies have been bending the fashion game from head to toe.

Suits and not the ones boasting feminine silhouettes but a remarkable line up of androgynous ensembles have slowly begun to take over the glamorous aisle by the storm. Designers now a days thrive on taking risks and celebrities, for most part, leave no stones unturned in supporting them.

The whole trend of questioning the ‘pants are for men and skirts are for women’ theory began with Barbra Streisand's daring sequined Arnold Scaasi pantsuit which she opted for at the 1969 Academy Awards. Eyebrows were raised, comments were made at her infamous outfit when it turned see-through under the spotlight. It made women conscious of their ability to make headlines out of their red carpet outfits but more so of their potential to create political and societal statements with their choices. The game began to change thereon!

In 1972, Jane Fonda rocked a black Yves Saint Laurent suit and made more of a feminist statement than a fashion one but it sure paved the way for others to dress on their terms and will.

Diana Ross, in 1973, made another head-turning appearance and rocked a satin Bob Mackie suit while presenting an award on stage.

Even though Faye Dunaway didn’t opt for a full-fledged androgynous outfit, her loose trouser made for a gender bender in 1977 Ocars.

At the 1981 Oscars, Sissy Spacek stunned in a black jumpsuit as she collected her Best Actress award on the stage. The revolution had begun and there was no turning back. The boundaries of masculinity and feminity started blurring in the fashion world and the actresses decided to take it on their stride.

Before the Golden Globe became an out and out glam fest, Julia Roberts in 1990, turned up in an over-sized pant suit for the big night. Jodie Foster, too, in 1992 sported a light-hued Armani.

The year 1999 witnessed two iconic moments on the red carpet simultaneously. Angelina Jolie and Celine Dion both stunned in tuxedos of their own kind. One flaunted curves, other the chiselled body - but both opted for something other than the usual Disney-like night gowns.

The suits, ever since then, have been catching women’s whims and fancies but the women in suits are still nowhere near to the appreciation they deserve.

Ellen DeGeneres is probably one of those very few women who've out and out ruled the androgyny game. She knows how to pick the best and make it look even more fab with her charming demeanour.

In the recent past, various other celebrities including Jennifer Aniston, Freida Pinto, Angelina Jolie and Helen Lasichanh among others have taken the baton and are now becoming the face of this fashion change.

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| Edited by: Kriti Tulsiani
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