Wednesday, February 24, 2010

You Can Help Choose a Winning Oscar Fashion

Have you always wanted to have a hand in choosing someone's Oscar gown? Well now you have a chance. Sure, it may not be a dress worn by Sandra Bullock or Angelina Jolie, but it will be seen more times on Oscar night than almost any other garment.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has created an Oscar Design Challenge. Nine up-and-coming designers are competing for the top prize — their gown will be worn by an "onstage awards escort" (more commonly known as a trophy girl) during this year's Academy Awards.

It's sort of a mini online "Project Runway," but this time, we all play the parts of Michael Kors and Nina Garcia. We get to choose who is in and who it out. Like the reality show, the designers are at a range of stages in their fashion careers — many have their own lines and some have already made clothing for the stars. But none are household names and this win could change their lives.

Also similar to "PR" this is a competition for the models, too. Each designer was assigned a young girl who wore their gown in a runway show this past Tuesday. The videos from the event were posted online and now it's our turn. We get to go to, see the nine competing gowns, and cast our votes. The winning design will be revealed at the Oscar pre-show on March 7, and the model will wear it as she hands out awards alongside her fellow statuette handlers.

Plus, starting March 2nd you can also watch "Behind the Dress," a web series about the designers, the models, and the competition. And the best part? Carson Kressley (of "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" and "How to look Good Naked" fame) will host the series, so you know we're all in for a few giggles coupled with some tenderly encouraging moments.

The entries are all so gorgeous that it's hard to choose a winner. We have narrowed it down to our top three, but we will refrain from revealing our picks so as not to sway your vote. Let us know which one you chose and may the best gown win.

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