Make Mine Mink: 1954 Grace Kelly and Clark Gable arrive at the 26th annual Academy presentation. The mink or fox stole has been a classic Academy Awards accessory since the first oscars were presented in 1929
Cate Blanchett stars in CAROL. The costume designer is the Oscar nominee British Sandy Powell; here Miss Blanchett is dressed in a butterscotch-coloured mink coat, cut, in 1950s style, like a cloth coat. Designed by Sandy Powell and made from vintage mink, made by Madison Avenue Furs
And here’s hoping this is the last ‘white’ Oscar ceremony: Beyoncé and Jay Z at the Governor's Ball after the Oscar's 2015; a discreet white fox stole is traditional.
Well Fox Me! Madonna with Michael Jackson, carrying a white fox stole. On March 25 1991, Madonna performed Sooner Or Later from Dick Tracy at the 63rd annual Academy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. The white fox wrap, the sparkling white gown; these are in homage to Marlene Dietrich.
Judy Garland wins the Juvenile award for The Wizard of Oz, 1940, costumes by Adrian, presented by Mickey Rooney, wearing ermine.
Zsa Zsa Gabor with husband George Sanders, 25th Annual academy awards' New York ceremony March 19 1953. Sanders was awarded the Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for All About Eve.
Angelica Huston wears fur on her arm in 1986, while her companion Jack Nicholson wears a cast on his. She won Best Supporting Actress for her role in Prizzi’s Honor (1985).
Norma Shearer, 1930, with Conrad Nagel. She is wearing a gown by Adrian, with sable-trimmed sleeves, designed for the film The Divorcee (1930). She noted at the time, “People will see me holding the Academy Award in the very same dress I wore in the film and say ‘How very, very appropriate.’”
Sunset Boulevard, Gloria Swanson as faded diva Norma Desmond, 1950, again, costume designer, Edith Head.
Gloria Swanson, a presenter at the 23rd Academy Awards, March 29th, 1951, in white mink, with Jose Ferrer and Judy Holliday. It was the year of Sunset Boulevard; she won Best Actress at the Gold en Globes, but not the Oscar. costumed by Edith Head for Sunset Boulevard.
Claudette Colbert receiving Best Actress award from Shirley Temple, 1935, for the film It Happened One Night. She spontaneously decided to attend the Oscars rather than take a train to NYC, and rushed straight from the station.
Bette Davis as Margo Channing, All About Eve, 1951 and to Edith Head and Charles Le Maire, Best Costume Design, Black-and-White category.
Oscars Ceremony 1936: The De Mille cousins (Agnes in fur coat and jewels on left and Katherine in centre), with director Mitchell Leisen, actor Tom Brown and, on the far right, actress Ida Lupino with her silver fox muff.
Vivian Leigh, who underneath her white ermine wore a decidedly modern, and much less opulent, floral-patterned dress to accept her award for Best Actress in Gone With the Wind in 1940. Here, Life captured her setting the award on her mantelpiece.

The Daily Variety, on 1 March 1940, reported: “The ermine, silk, minks and satins that constituted the femme finery for the occasion represented an investment of better than half a million dollars”
Ginger Rogers, 1941, dressed by costume designer Irene for her nomination for Kitty Foyle (1940). As all designers were strongly encouraged to use American products pre-WWII, American-made lace was incorporated into the gown underneath the fur.
Joan Fontaine, 1942, the 14th Awards Ceremony, accompanied by husband Brian Aherne, for her nomination for Suspicion. She was in direct competition with her sister, Olivia de Havilland, and when her victory was dramatically announced by Ginger Rogers the sisters clasped hands and shouted “We’ve got it!”
Mrs. Miniver (1942), in the Academy Awards of 1943, swept away the votes as it won 5 awards, including Best Picture, Best Director (William Wyler) and Best Actress (Greer Garson), and was further the first film to be nominated for 6 different acting awards. From this ceremony, Garson will forever be remembered for her extensive six-minute speech, the longest thus far in history.
Barbara Stanwyck in Lady of Burlesque (1943), nominated for Best Music.
Jennifer Jones, 1944 Awards, with Henry Wilson, wearing a sable coat and Harry Winston diamonds over black dress. According to Academy Awards historian Robert Osborne, “Photographers had a field day when Miss Jones arrived,” and had to be protected from the crowd by a studio publicist.
Joan Crawford, 1946, received Best Actress award for Mildred Pierce (1945), below. She faked the flu rather than risk attending the ceremony and losing to the tough competition, and then after winning had reporters wait outside her door until she was ready to be photographed in bed in her favourite silk peignoir with a cup of coffee.
Olivia de Havilland previously won an Oscar for Best Actress in 1947 for her role in To Each His Own (1946), left.

Olivia de Havilland in 1950, for her Best Actress nomination for The Heiress (1949), is seen below a neon sign emblazoned with ‘Paris’—foreshadowing the fashion capital’s soon-to-be importance in dressing the stars for the Oscars, right.

Elizabeth Taylor, 1951 ceremony, left; and above, in 1957 with white mink wrap and the infamous Cartier tiara which she carried with other jewels in a brown paper bag she called “the loot.”

Elizabeth Taylor in Butterfield 8 (1960) which won her another Best Actress in 1961, right.
Two audience members at the Awards Ceremony in 1956, enveloped in the ‘new look’ of luxurious fur and full skirts.
Lana Turner, 1958, presenting award to Red Buttons for Sayonara. She later recalled in her autobiography that that she “felt like a mermaid” in the dress, and after her involvement in the controversy of Johnny Stompanato’s murder (after he beat her for not having him accompany her to the 1958 Oscars for her nomination in Peyton Place), she also remembers “the incredible contrast of the evening.”
Nancy and Ronald Reagan attend the Academy Awards in 1967, hosted by Army Archerd (far right).
John G. Avildsen, winner of Best Director for Rocky (1976), with Lily Tomlin at 1977 awards.
Daryl Hannah, 1989, attempts to dress as a tribute to 50’s glamour in an overly exaggerated ensemble on the red carpet.
Michelle Pfeiffer and Daniel Day Lewis in The Age of Innocence (1993), for which Gabriella Pescucci won an Oscar for Best Costume Design.
Geena Davis, 1998, in a pale peach Halston gown with a matching fox-trimmed shrug, where she presented the awards for the 1997 Best Picture. Notably her strong sense of style was so established that she was also selected to present the first Academy Awards pre-show, which included a segment on fashion at the Oscars.

Mrs Miniver

‘Miniver’ has all the gorgeous allusions to the age of chivalry, the medieval past and the courts of the Plantagenets and Valois. Fur in fashion repeats itself over and over again, from the white fox lining the robes of ‘Salome’ in the Byzantine Ravenna Mosaics to the mink that trimmed the robes of Henry VIII.

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