By now it’s no secret that Natalie Portman chose a vintage S/S ’54 Christian Dior dress for the 2012 oscars, sourced from the well-stocked racks of New York retailer Rare Vintage. Typical of the 50s yet timeless, the red strapless number suited her diminutive frame, and the tiny polka dot print added a touch of chaste whimsy. Full-skirted 50s Dior aside, for us the look evoked another diminutive brunette in red, albeit Givenchy: Audrey Hepburn in the 1957 film Funny Face.
Portman’s choice to wear vintage couture by the maestro himself amongst a sea of fresh-from-under-les-petits-mains couture gowns was refreshing. It’s not often we see actual relics from fashion history parade down the red carpet, despite the wealth of mint condition pieces available today.
Natalie Portman in Christian Dior S/S ’54 at the 2012 Oscars; Christian Dior (in white jacket) and team at a fitting circa 1954, via Time Life pictures; Portman’s dress on a mannequin- note the soft bustle effect in the back.