Irene Lentz Oscar Award Nominations
I’ve always enjoyed watching the Academy Awards show each year. This February 27th, 2011 marks the 83rd annual Academy Awards, or “The Oscars” as they’re affectionately known.
Irene was nominated for the Oscar twice for Best Costume Design.
The first time was at the 21st Academy Award show in 1949. The category was Costume Design (Black and White), for the 1948 movie “B. F.’s Daughter“. View a sketch by Irene for one of the gowns worn by Barbara Stanwyck in the movie B.F.’s Daughter.
The second nomination came at the 33rd Academy Awards show in 1961. The category was Costume Design (Color), for the 1960 movie “Midnight Lace“.
This image is a photo of a page from my copy of the delightful book: Oscar Night: 75 Years of Hollywood Parties- full of amazing images from the first Academy Awards in 1929 forward. On this page, is the lovely actress and good friend of Irene’s – Doris Day – getting photographed as she walks the red carpet in a gown designed by Irene. The quote on the page reads: “Glamorous gowns, furs and jewels vied with the Oscars last night at the Academy Award presentation. Celebrities and audience alike were extravagantly attired for the event. Simone Signoret, winner of the best actress award, was gowned in black point d’esprit by Jean Dressès… One of the most glittering gowns was worn by Doris Day, a slender, floor-length sheath by Irene, solidly encrusted with silvery-white bugle beads.” Babette, Los Angeles Examiner, April 5th, 1960.
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