Oscars gowns by the numbers

By admin
24 February 2015

Hollywood's A-list had jaws dropping during the 87th Academy Awards with their impeccable style.

But it wasn't just the price tags on the high-end designer gowns that had eyes watering.

E! Online took a closer look at this year's Oscars attire – by the numbers. At just 5ft 5in, Lupita Nyong'o would have needed all her strength to carry her exquisite pearl-covered custom Calvin Klein Collection creation, which featured a staggering 6,000 pearls. The 31-year-old did, however, tells reporters on the red carpet that the dress was surprisingly comfortable and easy to sit down in, unlike many of the more cumbersome gowns on show.

Lady Gaga's custom Alaïa gown won in the man-hour stakes, taking as much as 1,600 hours to create. However, while the dress itself won fans over, her choice of accessories failed miserably. Her quirky red leather gloves quickly became a number of hilarious memes doing the rounds on the internet, with many likening them to washing-up gloves.

When it came to making Julianne Moore's Chanel Haute Couture gown, Karl Lagerfeld spared no expense as his team worked overtime to hand-paint 80,000 sequins. It then took 27 people to sew the sequins on, which amounted to 987 hours.

While they never fail to dazzle with their glittering jewels on the biggest night on Hollywood's calendar, some stars took it to a whole new level this year. Singer Rita Ora, who performed during the ceremony, was decked out in Lorraine Schwartz gems that featured Victorian-inspired 40-carat diamond drop earrings and a 25-carat champagne diamond ring. The price tag was $7.5 million (R87 million).

Nicole Kidman came in a close second with a breathtaking $7.2 million (R84 million) worth of Harry Winston jewels that included an 82-carat "caftan diamond" bracelet.

Jennifer Lopez was dripping in $2.5 million (R29 million) worth of Neil Lane jewellery – including 20-carat diamond drop earrings and three diamond-and-platinum rings.

Relative newcomer and Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson came close with her $2.2 million (R25 million) Forevermark pieces, totalling 100-carats of diamonds, while Margot Robbie joked that her $1.5 million (R17 million) vintage Van Cleef & Arpels zipper necklace was worth more than she is.

Versace proved to be the most coveted designer of the night, with nine of the designer’s gowns worn during both the Oscars and subsequent afterparties, followed closely by Zuhair Murad at eight.

Continuing this year's colourful awards season trend, blue was a popular colour when it came to men's tuxes, while David Oyelowo stood out in red Dolce & Gabbana.

Christian Louboutin and Jimmy Choo were the heels of choice, tying at five a piece, while seven lovely ladies opted for Judith Leiber clutches.

White was the hottest red-carpet trend, with 11 actresses clad in the pristine hue.

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