Olivia Colman’s metallic Dior Oscars dress took 200 hours to make

The 2022 Oscars, which took place last night at the Dolby Theatre in LA, marked a welcome return to the ceremony in its full glory, after a smaller, socially distanced event was held last year.

Naturally, the annual Academy Awards calls for some high-octane glamour, and Olivia Colman was one of the stars to embrace high-shine metallics on the Oscars red carpet last night. The actress stepped out wearing a silver pleated lamé Dior gown, custom-made for her by womenswear creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri.

The elegant dress featured a high neck and belted waist, with theatrical exaggerated flared sleeves. It had a team of four people working on the intricate design, and took a total of 200 hours to construct and finish.

Colman’s longtime stylist, Miranda Almond, collaborated with Dior on the bespoke design, which took inspiration from the brand’s Grecian-themed Cruise 2022 collection.

“The idea was to create something that would float down the carpet and feel super light, yet have an old-school glamour element,” Almond tells us, of the dress. “[I wanted to] help Olivia shine.”

The pair have been working together for years, so much so that Almond now intuitively knows what the actress will love and look good in.

“It’s so nice to know instinctively what will work and what won’t, but to push it in new but subtle ways sometimes,” she explains, adding that when dressing a client for the red carpet she’s always aiming to create “something magical that doesn’t overwhelm the wearer. She has to feel comfortable but special and glamorous and empowered.”

Naturally, this meant that Colman loved the gown the second she tried it on. “It made her glow from the first fitting,” says the stylist.

They added glittering Chopard jewellery as the perfect finishing touch – in the form of delicate droplet earrings and matching diamond rings.

Colman had been nominated in the Leading Actress category for the 2022 Academy Awards, thanks to her performance in The Lost Daughter. Despite losing out to Jessica Chastain, the actress looked in high spirits, later attending one of the many after-parties with her husband, Ed Sinclair.

Source: harpersbazaar.com – Olivia Colman’s metallic Dior Oscars dress took 200 hours to make

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