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“Project Runway” — Oscar style
Heidi Klum won’t be hosting and Tim Gunn won’t be telling designers to “make it work,” as he does on hit fashion TV show “Project Runway,” but it will have all the glitz and glamor that Oscar and Hollywood can provide. And that’s a lot of glitz and glamor.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Tuesday unveiled a competition among nine “up-and-coming fashion designers” in which one lucky winner will see their gown worn by one of the Academy Award escorts — the models who bring the little golden boys onstage to hand to winners — on Oscar night, March 7.
The designers unveiled their gowns for the media on Tuesday, and you can see a couple of them here. People can vote at Oscar.com. Ballot collecting ends on March 1, and from March 3 through March 8 the Academy is hosting its own Web series, “Oscars Designer Challenge: Behind the Dress,” documenting the competition.
The designers in “Oscars Designer Challenge 2010” are Fernanda Carneiro, Los Angeles; Elda De La Rosa, Chicago; Ivy Higa, New York; Phong Hong, Los Angeles; Rania Salibi, Phoenix; Oday Shakar, Los Angeles; Ari Sheuhmelian, Los Angeles; Oliver Tolentino, Los Angeles; and Kelsy Zimba, New York. Photos are by Reuters’ photographer Mario Anzuoni.