Gwyneth Paltrow's beautiful "Barbie" dress

When Gwyneth Paltrow stood on the red carpet in front of the famous Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles back in 1999, everyone held their breath.

Mar 17, 2022 - 10:17
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Gwyneth Paltrow's beautiful "Barbie" dress

At that time, the color pink was reserved for girls, and the beautiful actress showed that women can wear it as well. When Gwyneth Paltrow stood on the red carpet in front of the famous Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles back in 1999, everyone held their breath.

At the age of twenty-seven, Gwyneth was among the nominees for the Oscar for Best Actress, for her Viola in "Shakespeare in Love". This was a great moment in her career, and although she was very excited, Gwyneth did not think too much about what most people care about before going to the most famous film awards in the world - clothes.

If I only thought about how many people talk about something as funny as a dress, it could paralyze me and prevent me from leaving the house at all” - the actress later admitted. – “That's why I "turned it all off" and put on what I thought was beautiful.”

Although many know what to wear for the red carpet for months before the Oscars, Gwyneth Paltrow went to the premises of the Ralph Lauren fashion house just a few days before the ceremony, since she did not have a stylist. She looked at the beautiful expensive models and all those outfits she had already seen and decided on a very unusual pink dress.

It is a creation of a ballroom cut that has a corset-like upper part, which is then redesigned. It has thin straps, spreads from her hips, and falls to the floor, gradually spreading, and she also has a semi-transparent scarf, which she used to cover her hands. Simple design - she thought that was enough, combined with a light pink shade reminiscent of chewing gum.

In addition, she brought an expensive necklace, bracelet, and earrings from the jewelry house Harry Winston, which was worth about 160,000 dollars, and it was all a gift from her father Bruce. Actress Blythe Danner, Gwyneth's mother, was not thrilled with this choice, but Paltrow was relentless.

Gwyneth did not want to look too intrusive, nor did her clothes impose excessive pressure on her, but only to look beautiful. She definitely succeeded in that, but not only that, but the dress she chose became cult and changed the course of fashion. Gwyneth posed proudly in it all evening and in the end, lifted the Oscar and won over her more experienced colleagues.

Fashion critics were divided over her choice of outfit - some said that she was not up to date with the latest trends, some called her a "barbie wrapped in satin", some thought Gwyneth had come to send a message that femininity is returning to the big door.

The owner of a boutique that sells clothes for teenagers in Connecticut later noticed that Gwyneth turned the color for girls into color for women.

“A year earlier, I wouldn't have looked at anything pink. It would remind me of my customers when they were girls, and Paltrow made this color cool” - he said and revealed that that year saw a huge increase in sales of pink dresses for prom, as well as copies of expensive dresses of celebrities.

In the years that followed, Gwyneth Paltrow's pink dress remained one of the most iconic and most frequently mentioned Oscar-winning creations. What is especially nice is that we could see her again soon - the actress keeps all her dresses in the hope that her daughter Apple will wear them one day.

Maybe she will wear it to the prom and redesign it” - Gwyneth expressed hope on one occasion.