Oscar Fashion: Marisa Tomei in 60 year-old vintage Charles James: pretty or too fussy?

Technical awards hostess Marisa Tomei wore this navy blue 1950 Charles James couture dress from Lily et Cie with a conservative neckline and an asymmetrical tulle skirt. I don’t think that photos do this dress justice at all, and I found it lovely on camera. She told TV Guide’s Chris Harrison that it’s been in her closet for a while and she’s been “waiting to wear it.” Kaiser disliked this dress, and I think I can assume that she found it too fussy and ballgown. I thought it was amazing, and a kind of homage to that era without looking too dated. She accessorized with bold Van Cleef and Arpels starburst drop earrings and a matching bracelet.

Tomei’s makeup was too understated for my taste for big event like this, and she followed the makeup trend of the evening by going for a very minimal, muted palate that could have been enhanced with some bolder strokes. (It looks better in photos than it did on screen.) Sandra Bullock similarly had simple makeup. I loved Tomei’s loose wavy hair though, which followed her trend of looking like a throwback goddess without trying too hard. She was gorgeous.

At the Vanity Fair Oscars party Tomei wore a bold fuschia one-shoulder dress with a side pocket and heavy black bangles. That dress was daring and I found the jewelry too much when paired with the bright color. She looked hot though and any complaints I might have about that dress and jewelry combination are minor. I also love that she is 46 and does not look waxy, puffy or at all fake.




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  1. DogBoy says:

    looks great and real for her age.

  2. Gwen says:

    I thought she looked great and the dress was wonderful. The makeup was a bit boring though.

  3. Kevin says:

    I agree DogBoy. I LOVE Marisa. I wouldn’t hate on her if she were to get a TINY little bit of eye work done. Applaud her for holding out though. Wish she would have gotten Anne’s part in the new Batman film. Not dissing on Anne. I really like her also.

  4. photo jojo says:

    She looked amazing. Sincerely amazing. Note to Nicole Kidman: this is what a woman in her 40′s can look like when she ditches the fillers and Botox.

  5. brin says:

    Agreed she looks great and natural but I I don’t like the 50′s dress (love the earrrings!), she should have worn the fushia all evening.

  6. Jackson says:

    I didn’t realize her dress was navy and not black. IDK. It’s ok but something in the bodice seems a bit off, like it needs tailored a little more. She looks nice, but not memorable, and borders on fussy.

  7. Hollowdoll says:

    Marisa and the dress are beautiful. Way to keep it classy! ;-P

  8. Jayna says:

    I didn’t recognize her with her shorter hair.

  9. Hautie says:

    I love both dresses.

    I always enjoy when a great vintage dress is used at the Oscars. Back when dresses were impeccably designed and fitted.

    None of this limp fabric, bad hanging, nonsense that seems to be all over the carpet now.

    And I love that pink dress . It is one of those colors that is truly flattering for natural brunettes.

    Oh… and the jewelry with the navy dress is incredible.

  10. Sumodo1 says:

    Simply this: the vintage dress did not fit on top, and it was too fussy. (She might not have the best stylists money can buy at this point in her career). The SECOND DRESS ROCKED THE PLANET. Love that she keeps it real–note to Nicole Waxman.

  11. embertine says:

    Oh god the 50s dress is awful. It doesn’t fit, it’s froofy and the froof is just sufficiently colour-mismatched with the bodice to be annoying. Yuk.

    The fuschia, on the other hand, is lovely.

  12. operagirl says:

    Can we also give a rowdy Hey-yaaaaaaaaaah to her body while we’re at it? This is the way a Hollywood body should look. Toned and fabulous, without edging into the scary-skinny or freakazoid-muscular zone!!! She looks amazing!

  13. devilgirl says:

    Sorry, but there is some Botox going on around Marissa’s mouth. She may have some lines by her eyes, but there is definitely a little Botox in the mouth area.

  14. operagirl says:

    Oh, and I agree — the second dress rocked. Seriously.

  15. Siren6 says:

    The color miss-match on the 50′s dress bugged me, but I actually liked the fit and shape of it. The hot pink number looked awesome on her. Love her!

  16. beth says:

    i do not like that black dress – those vertical seams were designed to mold you into a certain hourglass shape when your body doesn’t want to be that anymore. actually id hate it even if my grandma wore it. it’s like a cage disguised as a corset disguised as designer wear. love tomei, but i think the ‘style’ should be retired by virtue of being too obvious in its intention.

  17. JulieM says:

    I agree about the fab vintage look. There are so many beautifully made dresses that stand the test of time. This one is 60 years old and still looks great. And it’s a terrific green gesture, as well. Recycling a classic.

  18. guesty says:

    too fussy.

  19. kiyoshigirl says:

    Both gowns are fab. Good for her, she had fun with it.

  20. Mikeyangel says:

    I do not like the dress, do not like the hair, do not like the second dress, do not like the bangles with the second dress. Love Marissa, but did not like anything except the earings, the rocked.

  21. Aqua says:

    She looked fantastic hair and make up but the dress not so much.I too though the dress was black and the poor woman kept tripping over the dress.

  22. serena says:

    Oh god, the fucsia dress is fug.
    I liked the blue one, but she needed boobs to fill in the gap, or at least a good push up bra. And it didn’t look good on the stomach.

  23. JuJuBee says:

    Good Lord this woman is 46 years old! Marisa looks fab. I liked the vintage dress, but the fuschia dress rocked.

  24. Brittany says:

    Her and Scarlett’s hair… WHY?

  25. TeeTee says:

    the fuschia is lovely, she looks good for her age..very lovely and natural.

  26. ordinarygirl86 says:

    I wish she’d worn the hot pink instead…but I love her still. She was such a HIT in 2009? or the year before in that gorgeous pleated gray dress with the train. This blue just didn’t fit right up top

  27. Camille says:

    I was more concerned with what she has been doing to her face (her cheeks had that puffed look that is common with fillers). She needs to stop it!
    Marisa, back away from the botox and fillers- you don’t need it!

  28. Az says:

    She is a gorgeous woman and she can do better. That goes for both dresses.

  29. PETUNIABABI says:

    I thought she looked great,but didn’t like the dress.Maybe in a different color.The second dress was fabulous!!!!She shows that you don’t have to look like a skeleton to look smashing.This is how a woman in her forties should look;real and womanly.

  30. T. Redd says:

    The (navy) dress wasn’t fitted to her it seems like. The top is too high on her chest. Her hair is too dark as well. It’s aging…

  31. Jeri says:

    Marisas’ fashion is always criticized but she knows what she likes and doesn’t let the nay-sayers influence her.

    A beautiful confident woman – gotta love her.

  32. RJ says:

    She looks wonderful in the navy dress. I can only hope to look that gorgeous when I’m 46.

  33. Novaraen says:

    I liked her dress…although from every angle it changed color. The dress is black and the tulle is off-black(maybe faded, since it’s vintage). In some photos it the dress looked blue-ish and the tulle looked lavender. My only issue with it was that the chest area fitted a bit weird. Other than that it fit her like a glove. She looked lovely.

  34. original kate says:

    she looked great in both, but the navy dress had a weird fitting bodice.

  35. Maritza says:

    There are pictures of her in that navy blue dress where her boobs look deflated. don’t like the dress. The pink one looks lovely on her.

  36. dj says:

    It needed to be tailored for a better fit. She is tiny and it was a lot of dress. If it would have fit her better I think it would have been gorgeous.

  37. Becky says:

    Not a fan of the dress but I think she looks lovely, natural and younger than 46.

  38. lucy2 says:

    I like the top half but the bottom was a bit much. I love the vintage idea though, and she looks really great.

    The color is too intense for me, but I like the other one too.

  39. Debsa says:

    Where was Logan Marshall Green her boyfriend?

    Pish posh Marisa looked terrific!

  40. MAria says:

    This was my dress until I sold it at auction. She wore it well except that she should have had a serious tape job or pushup to the bust to fill the top of the dress properly. This dress belonged to an opera and stage singer who was on the Ed Sullivan Show often. In those days , the decollette was cut much more modestly, especially for TV and this is what might look strange to the unknowing today. As far as the color of the tulle, its not supposed to match perfectly. There are 6 or 7 layers of tulle of different colors used here to make a subtle counterpoint to the true navy silk satin of the bodice. Bravo , Marisa !!