The Psychology of the Dress
Insiders reveal how film roles, agents and even an ex can alter a star’s gown selection.
If an average woman can spend hours ruminating over an outfit, imagine what a star goes through choosing a look for a red carpet like the one at the Golden Globes. Their gown choices are about as spontaneous as deciding who’s going to star in $100 million movies. Both convey image and perception, both can triumph or fail. The cost is high in both cases.This year’s big-ticket Globes nominees — Natalie Portman, Michelle Williams, Nicole Kidman, Angelina Jolie and Halle Berry — are expected to turn out an impossible combination of Grace Kelly-meets-Audrey Hepburn-meets-Sophia Loren looks. That in itself is an image-juggling act: Stars use red carpets to shape-shift their public image, their status, their career trajectories and even their love lives.
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