Oscar Fashion Moments: Scarlett Johansson
This time last year, before the 'Galaxy' dress hit the clothing rails, Roland Mouret was a relatively new designer, based in London and looking to rival the big boys with his vintage glam looks...
Enter Scarlett Johansson, the young starlet whose Monroe-esque curves seem perfectly matched to Mouret's 40s Hollywood style. After a turn in an apricot/gold gown by the designer at the Golden Globes, she hit the Oscars red carpet in classic, curve-enhancing black. The dress was designed especially for Scarlett, based on the shapes and styles that soon became Mouret's trademark. Cut perfectly to flatter her buxom figure, the dress was sexy but sophisticated and simple but memorable. Some pundits thought the high neck would have worked better if it was slashed lower down - but having seen Scarlett hoisting her boobs up to the sky on other trips down the red carpet, I think Mouret was right to go for a more demure shape.
On a year that most ladies went for chiffon and satin, strapless styles and more feminine options, it was nice to see Scarlett being fashion-forward and picking something more sculpted and fitted. This dress definitely put Roland Mouret on the map as the designer to turn to for killer curve-enhancing red carpet dresses, and soon the likes of Naomi Watts, Rachel Weisz and Cameron Diaz were also spotted in his designs. This dress marked his arrival on the red carpet, and he's gone from strength to strength since.