For the past week my Facebook and Twitter feeds have been bombarded by articles about red carpet wear in order to prepare us for the Oscars this Sunday. “100 Best Red Carpet Gowns”, “All the Gowns the Stars Should Wear at the Oscars“, “15 of the Most Revealing Dresses in History”, some examples of headlines. While it’s one of the most – if not the most – important event of the year for fashion designers, Tom Ford remains indifferent to it. In an interview with Jimmy Kimmel this week, Ford explained that he doesn’t “necessarily love the process” of dressing celebrities for the Oscars seeing as “it is not a creative process.” He stated that “what is worn on the red carpet has nothing to do with contemporary fashion” and compared Oscar wear to “a bubble of 1950s Barbie clothes.”
Finally someone said it. His stance reminds me of an article by Mattie Kahn on The Man Repeller called “Is Red Carpet Fashion Actually Fashion?” in which Kahn eloquently states that “the majority of the red carpet is uniform in aesthetic. While risk-taking is exulted on the runway, award-show attendees tend to limit experimentation to the confines of their nail beds.”
What do you think? Do you think Oscar-ware can be considered fashion, or do you agree with Tom Ford?
Watch Tom Ford on Jimmy Kimmel Live below.