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    Arianne Phillips - 84th Academy Awards - P - 2012
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    Arianne Phillips
    Client: Madonna

    Phillips focuses most of her attention on her A-list client, who directed the Wallis Simpson biopic W.E., for which the stylist designed the costumes and landed a best costume design Oscar nomination. (She also was nominated for best costume design for 2006’s Walk the Line.)

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    For Phillips, her greatest style moment was a baby-blue Vionnet gown with red-beaded butterfly embellishments that the singer-director wore to the W.E. screening at the Venice Film Festival. “At the last minute, I had her wear these great red-glitter Miu Miu sunglasses, which added fun energy to the beautifully glamorous dress,” says Phillips.

    Another hit was Madonna’s fitted-bodice Reem Acra gown with a deep-green embroidered skirt, which she wore to the Globes with black leather gloves and a diamond-cross pendant. Phillips developed her sense of the theatrical from “working in New York as an assistant, during which time I met Lenny Kravitz through mutual friends,” she says. “He was recording his first album, so I started styling him.”

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    One of Phillips’ more thrilling experiences was dominating a news cycle for putting Courtney Love in a “homeless” dress from the Dior couture 2000 collection: “I took one look at that dress on the runway and knew only Courtney could pull off deconstructed rock ’n’ roll couture. It was a great moment because the collection was so controversial.” Phillips is designing Madonna’s 2012 world tour costumes.

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