It has been said that stars no longer style themselves because of what happened when Moore tried it. Yet just the following year, Kim Basinger also showed up to the Oscars in a self-designed ensemble: white satin ball gown and matching asymmetric jacket with gold trim, topped with chlorine-permed hair, evoking Madison from Splash as the Bride of Sgt. Pepper. Basinger’s design was basically coherent; Moore’s had no such problem. The bustier, the domed skirt, the Holbein-ish embroidery, the lace-trimmed exercise shorts—it’s like someone locked her in the Tower of London for months with nothing but a stationary bike and a mood board for company, and the mood board became self-aware. Something like this outfit will not happen again anywhere near the Oscar ceremony, and Moore’s then-husband Bruce Willis seemed to sense the gravity of the occasion; his signature Stoic Grimace™ found an ideal context here.
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