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Friday, March 1, 2013
Not only did many stars wear Art Deco inspired fashions to the 85th Annual Academy Awards, the stage at the Dolby theater in Hollywood itself was adorned in Art Deco glamor.  In this image featuring host Seth McFarlane, the ray bands behind him in metallic tones are evocative of the classic Art Deco style, the term originating from the 1925 Paris expo of " Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes", shortened term Arts Décoratifs. 

Other classic motifs from this style are geometric shapes, Egyptian zigzags (made popular by the 1922 King Tut tomb discovery), Mayan revival (Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House in Los Angeles embodied the shape of temples from Palenque, and the shape of a Mesoamerican Pyramid served as the inspiration for the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo), curves, sunbursts, ray bands, lightning bolts, aerodynamic and streamlined forms.  (image courtesy of Bjørn Christian Tørrissen)

This photo featuring Ben Affleck giving his acceptance speech for Best Picture award for Argo, shows the Oscar trophies making up an Art Deco inspired backdrop, complete with large movie reel canisters, the use of gold, silver, and and curves give tribute to that bygone era.

This photo gives a broader picture of the film canisters, and Ted.  Was he CGI or a hollogram?  Tippet Studiothe visual effects company, in collaboration with the VFX house Iloura brought Ted the incredibly rude teddy bear to life by building an exact replica of the stage used for the Academy Awards, same lighting, cameras, and camera set-ups, at CBS Studios.  There Mark Wahlberg and Ted, voiced by Seth McFarlane, filmed 10 different segments, accounting for the 10 possible winners, over a four-week period.  The 10 possible outcomes were displayed on Dell Precision workstations.  One would think all bases are covered, however one scenario played out that was completely unplanned, a tie for the Oscar in the Sound Editing category between "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Skyfall".  To remedy this with the glare of the spotlights upon the presenters, Academy Award telecast Director Don Mischer cut back to a live Wahlberg and didn't skip a beat.

During the awards show, Art Deco seemed to be everywhere, most stunning was Halle Berry in custom-made Atelier Versace gown featuring a plunging neckline, ombre stripe detail and mesh beading. 

Also noteworthy was Lily Colins in her shimmering royal blue Zuhair Murad creation, with a sheer lace flower bodice and fishtail skirt, and of course First Lady Michelle Obama stunned in a custom made, Naeem Khan silver beaded gown.  Art Deco inspired jewelry that we at Deco Belle would pair with these gorgeous dresses are:

Micro pave, hand-set Grade A Cubic Zirconia fleur earrings, each of our CZ items is set in 925 sterling silver with a rhodium plated finish for an anti-tarnish shine.

Art Deco Vintage Inspired red starburst earrings in filigree style and hand-painted enamel.  These lovely La Vie Parisienne jewelry items are also available in black and turquoise enamel.

Catherine Popesco white enamel and 14kt gold plated earrings, handmade in Paris for the La Vie Parisienne jewelry collection.

There were an array of Art Deco inspired dresses that evening, Anne Hathaway sang along with costars Amanda Seyfried, Hugh Jackman, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Russell Crowe, while glittering in a sheer, vintage inspired layered dress, and even Catherine Zeta Jones in her reprisal of her role as Velma Kelly singing All That Jazz, complete with Art Deco inspired black fringe dress.

Heidi Klum dared to bare a low plunging neckline in a gold Julien Macdonald gown, and tweeted the designer's sketch for this deco decadent dress.
We also noticed that Quentin Tarantino's girlfriend Lianne Spiderbaby was wearing a Mara Hoffman gown that reminded us of the Art Deco zig zag pattern, while Jane Fonda was sunny bright in a Versace yellow dress.  (images courtesy of twitter/heidiklum)

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