Perhaps due to the soporific effects of many Academy Award ceremonies, this aqua dress kept slumping to sleep throughout the evening, and Foster had to keep tugging the bodice back into position (twice alone during her walk to the winner’s podium). The story goes that Foster spotted the confection in a shop in Rome and purchased it on the spot, which is not in itself remarkable. What’s remarkable is that Foster did not then give the dress to a younger cousin for her senior prom but kept it for when she won her first Oscar, for The Accused. (For a contemporary analogy, imagine Anne Hathaway spotting a romper in the window of Tati during the Paris press stop for Les Misérables and then wearing it to the Oscars, and no one intervening.) Giorgio Armani stepped in to style Foster for the following year’s event, and has been the actress’ designer of choice ever since. But that night, the young actress looked happy and fairly comfortable—she seems not to mind so much that her dress doesn’t quite fit her. And if she didn’t mind, why should we?
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