Where the Red Carpet Meets the Runway
It’s Called Night of a Thousand GOWNS.
But it’s also a fashion show.
There have been years when “a thousand gowns” has been less of a title than an actual description as dresses and gowns of every shape and size fly up and down in the pneumatic tube elevators at the Marriott Marquis for the world to see and enjoy.
(Sidebar: There are actually YouTube videos of the elevators. Here’s one!)
Some of New York’s top designers have shown up in stunning displays of artistry. There’s been couture. There’s been camp (That’s actually a link to Susan Sontag’s essay, “Notes on Camp,” which is a critical piece to know.) There’s been campy couture.
Every year there are entries by Broadway and Hollywood designers, almost as if it were a competition — and in many years, it was: judged by the late great Bill Cunningham of the New York Times. Who would make his style column? Who would be butthurt that they hadn’t? You’d have to follow up and find out!
Empresses Lita Austin and Pepperica Swirl are professional designers, and the gowns that come out of Empress Verna Turbulance of Massachusetts show that her professional life as a couture wedding gown designer comes in handy!
Our red carpet can outshine and outsparkle the Oscars!