Pop Culture

Leading Ladies

by Clair Watson | February 16, 2015

Sure, we care about which film will be dubbed Best Picture at this Sunday’s Academy Awards, and how first-time host Neil Patrick Harris will fare. But let’s face it: For many, the most hotly anticipated moment is the red-carpet reveal — who’s wearing what. Undoubtedly, the five Best Actress nominees face no shortage of style advice, but we still can’t help chiming in with our suggestions for a thoroughly glamorous look that would suit each one of them. Comprised from tip to toe of 1stdibs gowns, gems and bags, every look also features the perfect dream date, an ideal mate to provide celebratory smooches or consoling support, depending on what the night (and the envelope) holds in store.


1. Yellow diamond and platinum chandelier earrings, 2013, offered by Raymond Lee Jewelers
2. Brown-yellow diamond-and-platinum cluster ring, 1950, offered by Fourtane 3. Casadei Crystal Lovers platform sandals, 21st century, offered by Exquisite Finds 4. Genny evening gown in gold sequins and silk chiffon, 1970s, offered by Palm Beach Vintage 5. Susan Bennis & Warren Edwards evening bag, 1980s, offered by Helpers House of Couture 6. Victorian tiara comb brooch in pearls, diamonds and platinum, ca. 1910, offered by M&G Signed Jewelry 7. Eric Clapton (Tux), 21st century, by Terry O’Neill, offered by Isabella Garrucho Fine Art

Theory of Everything

1. Pierre Cardin black pumps, 1960s, offered by Rachel Zabar Vintage 2. Cuff bracelet of Burmese rubies, diamonds and rose gold, 2014, offered by Burdeen’s Jewelry 3. Lanvin haute couture dress, 1938, offered by WilliamVintage 4. Yves Saint Laurent jeweled clutch, 1970s, offered by Douglas Rosin 5. Yellow- and rose-gold feather hair clip, ca. 1940, offered by FD 6. Burmese ruby-and-pearl drop earrings, late 20th century, offered by MS Rau Antiques 7. Chet Baker, 1953, by Bob Willoughby, offered by Beetles + Huxley

Two Days One Night

1. Givenchy Camouflage Rose Birkenstocks, 21st century, offered by A Second Chance Couture
2. Marco Rigovacca Javelin ear cuff, 1980s, offered by Robin Katz 3. Judith Leiber Seashell minaudière purse, 1970s, offered by Brent Amerman 4. Mariano Fortuny Delphos dress, ca. 1915, offered by WilliamVintage 5. Illario serpent bracelet in ebony, diamonds and gold, late 20th century, offered by Robin Katz 6. Rock Star diamond cuff earring, 2014, offered by M.L. Brown Inc. 7. Picasso a la Cigarette, 1997, by Lucien Clergue, offered by Odon Wagner Gallery

Still Alice

1. Ostertag sapphire-and-diamond Flowerhead crossover bracelets, 1930s, offered by Fred Leighton 2. Tom Ford silver python shoes, 21st century, offered by Exquisite Finds 3. Tom Ford for Gucci purple sequin gown, 21st century, offered by Exquisite Finds 4. Judith Leiber satin-and-rhinestone evening bag, 21st century, offered by Treasures and Pleasures 5. Cartier Day & Night detachable-clip diamond drop earrings, ca. 1960, offered by Hancocks 6. Harry Winston diamond-and-platinum ring, 21st century, offered by J. Birnbach 7. Tiffany & Co. Art Deco sapphire-and-platinum ring, ca. 1920, offered by Peter Suchy Jewelers 8. Mikhail Baryshnikov, 2010, by Mark Seliger, offered by Preiss Fine Arts Photographers Limited Editions


1. Josef hand-beaded clutch with Hobé hardware, 1950s, offered by The Way We Wore 2. David Webb two-toned emerald-and-diamond necklace, 1980s, offered by Yafa Signed Jewels 3. Alexander McQueen belted chiffon halter gown, 2010, offered by The Way We Wore 4. David Webb Panther bracelet in diamonds, gold and platinum, 1990, offered by Wayne Smith Jewels Inc. 5. Yves Saint Laurent woven gold-lamé kitten-heel pumps, 1980s, offered by Fuchsia Treasures Corps 6. Hemmerle tsavorite hoop earrings, 2014, offered by FD 7. Ansel Adams, Halfdome, 1942, Fred Lyon, offered by Peter Fetterman Gallery

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