Emma Stone in Givenchy at the Oscars: bordello lamp or glam & golden?

The 89th Annual Academy Awards Arrivals

I tend to think we’re preconditioned to “like” the gown worn by the Best Actress winner, or at the very least, we’re preconditioned to give the gown the benefit of the doubt. Looking back on it, Sandra Bullock’s Oscar gown was hideous the year that she won, but very few people said it at the time. I feel like that’s going to happen with Emma Stone’s Givenchy gown. It was muted gold, it was fussy, and it resembled a fringed lamp at an old bordello.

Yeah, that’s a problem. That being said, the dress isn’t completely hideous. I was surprised she went with Givenchy, honestly – I thought she would wear Valentino or Chanel – and I think she chose this because she liked the top part and she knew it would look good in photographs from the waist up. The bottom fringe is just so awful though. Also: I feel like she was wearing WAY too much makeup.

Oh, and Emma couldn’t get out of this Givenchy fast enough. She changed into a mini-slipdress and an ‘80s blazer for the parties.

89th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars)

89th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars)

Vanity Fair Oscar Party

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  1. nemera34 says:

    I thought she looked gorgeous. Her styling was perfect.

  2. Aiobhan Targaryen says:

    Wow. I would not have guessed that Givenchy designed this dress. I don’t care for it at all; it looks like an old shawl.

    Her hair and makeup are well done though.

  3. Shambles says:

    Her hair and makeup are lovely. If the entire dress looked like the top part it would have been pure perfection.

  4. Margo S. says:

    Maybe it’s because I feel that hollywood is shoving this chick down our throats. For me, she’s heading down j law territory. I thought she looked fine but didn’t really stand out to me. Can’t believe she won for such a mediocre role… ugh.

    • Zucchini says:

      I haven’t seen that many films of hers but believe she’s very overrated. Yes, she looked stunning.

  5. akua says:

    Lol, so far the three squad all have oscar. Congrats emma ,adele, jlaw. When will Amy Adams get hers

  6. Lucy2 says:

    I don’t love the fringe at the bottom of the dress, but overall I think she looked really beautiful.

    • Original T.C. says:


      Waist up she looked loved. The fringe killed the dress at the bottom

    • Beth says:

      I thought she looked beautiful until I saw the entire dress. A different color would have been better and the fringe looked bad and totally ruined the dress

  7. I Choose Me says:

    I love here hair here but that champagne colour washes her out and I dislike fringe. Wished the whole dress was made of the same material from top to bottom.

  8. Jayna says:

    I thought it was a stunning gown on her.

  9. Ana says:

    I liked everything about her styling except the dress from the waist down. Those flappy things looked tacky.

  10. prince says:

    she looks iconic. I was expecting her to show up in a big girly princess ball gown by zuhair murad or elie saab, this threw me off when i saw it.

    she looks supper cool. the dress looks old but emma elevates it and makes it look fresh and modern with her styling. I’m glad she won the oscar. she’s so pretty.

    • S says:


      I looked at her and thought she’s gonna be real happy with this classic, beautiful look — her hair and makeup were just gorgeous — when she looks back at this moment in 20, 30 and 40 years.

      The dress was fitted to perfection, classic, but unique enough to be memorable. It’s everything a great Oscar look should be, including the color, which not only echoes the award itself, but is also amazing with her hair and skin tone.

      Honestly, she’s never looked better, and what a night to do it!

    • G says:

      Yeah, agreed. This is what I wish ‘glamping’ was. She looks timeless but also super cool. Only thing that doesn’t work well (imo) is the eyeshadow.

  11. Jeesie says:

    I loved it. It’s a simple shape with design features that come in and out of style a few times a decade. It’s not a ‘WOW’ Oscar winner dress, but it’s one that won’t look odd looking back on it in a few decades.

    Her hair and make-up is lovely too.

    • Esmom says:

      I think this is a good assessment. My only nitpick with the look is I wonder how the dress would have looked in almost any color but that gold, might have been better.

  12. paolanqar says:

    I thought she looked perfect especially considering what kind of film she was going to win the Oscar for.
    She looked just perfect in the first dress, the second not so much.

  13. teacakes says:

    Best Actress win expectees normally play it safe to the point of boring, but that fringe actually saves the look from being a snooze.

    She didn’t deserve that Oscar but I have to give it to her, she gives good red carpet and wasn’t afraid to play a bit this season.

  14. Jenn4037 says:

    If Viola had been in the proper category, Emma would not have won. But I actually liked Emma’s look. One of the few.

  15. Div says:

    I actually loved her outfit and styling. Still annoyed she won over Isabelle, Natalie, or Ruth tho.

  16. serena says:

    As you said, it think she liked the glam old-Hollywood effect of the dress but those fringes are seriously awful. Too bad, from the top up it’s a cute dress. The party’s dress is also not that good, too casual for an event like that.

  17. BengalCat2000 says:

    Emma Stone looks like my cat. I love this look.

    • jackie says:

      I do not understand the effect Emma Stone, her performance was mediocre and not memorable and I find the dress horrible but it is a very beautiful actress but misses horribly presence

      • BengalCat2000 says:

        I haven’t seen her performance nor do I plan to but I think she has an interesting look. I took some close up pics of my cat’s face the other day and holy sh!t she looks just like ES.
        (I realize my comment is completely OT)

  18. Cerys says:

    I thought it was a nice dress. I think the colour was too pale for her but overall she looked good.

  19. tracking says:

    For me, Emma was the best overall look of the night (if a bit boring), but Halle was best dress.

  20. JaneDoesWork says:

    I think her head looks exceptional… I like the dress I think it works for her. I HATE the straps on it… but its fun and the beading was well done.

  21. ash says:

    the i liner with the red lip and the ruddy checks were too much for her coloring….

  22. Tallia says:

    Love. Simple class.

  23. Lucy says:

    I liked it! Not my favorite thing she’s worn, but she looked lovely, appropriate and comfortable. She does vintage looks well. And her face is the best part, of course.

  24. Dee says:

    Never been a fan of flapper fringe

    Her hair and makeup are lively tho

  25. Bex says:

    I really liked Sandra Bullock’s Oscar dress! It was sleek and very ‘her’ IMO

  26. Abbess Tansy says:

    It’s a pretty dress and she looks lovely, but it was too much fringe for me.

  27. Aysla says:

    Beautiful dress, beautiful styling… but did not deserve the Best Actress award. I would have been embarassed if I were her to have won over the other, far worthier performances in her category.

    Between her and Ryan, Ryan gave the better performance in La La Land. I thought she was good in her role, but not award-worthy. And now I’ve soured on her for essentially questioning Warren’s honesty on such a public forum… very mean-girl (“I dont know what that story was about”– wtf??).

  28. Rocio says:

    Emma looked so beautiful and ready to grab the false God. I wish she’d painted her fingernails red. I hate nude manicure. Her ensemble for the Vanity Fair party was awful. You’re an Oscar Winner. Wear something that screams “I BEAT MERYL AND ISABELLE!” (It will not get better than that)

  29. Tough Cookie says:

    Because of the fringe the dress reminded me of the Leg Lamp in A Christmas Story.

    Was I the only one who wondered if she and Andrew Garfield avoided each other all evening? Was it only five years ago they were in Spider Man together and in love?

  30. K says:

    One I saw Sandra Bullock dress upclose and in person and it was stunning absolutely stunning.

    This dress is beautiful but the color is bad especially on her extremely fair skin, and I say this as an extremely pale person we can’t wear that color. Had this been navy or any dark color she’d have looked better this version would have looked better on a darker skin tone.

    That being said it’s an alright dress nothing unbelievable.

  31. Twinkle says:

    Emma and Nicole Kidman both stole the fake tapestries from Trump’s penthouse.

  32. Erica_V says:

    I totally want this as my wedding dress!!

    Personally I think her whole look – down to the gold Planned Parenthood pin – was perfection!

  33. poppy says:

    too heavy and straps too long which pulled the dress down and made it look ill fitting/ too long for her torso despite fitting her like a glove.
    her party get up looks like a cheap julie love boat cruise director costume, one where she forgot to put her actual dress on but managed to remember her blazer. hilarity ensues.

    lala land looks schmaltzy as hell and seems so calculated. movie about hollywood with a throw back/nod to hollywood musicals?

  34. Naddie says:

    I didn’t watch any of the movies but I have the feeling it was undeserved, her colleagues seemed to have way stronger performances, and I say this as someone who loves Emma. About her looks, she was gorgeous and lovely.

  35. Natalia says:

    Last night I was crazy for it but this morning I got a close-up look at the bodice. I didn’t like it at all, too bad.

  36. Pandy says:

    Not a big fan of the color but I liked the fringe in movement. That party outfit was god awful.

  37. Juliet- says:

    This dress isn’t ugly or embarrassing but it’s hardly the sort of thing one should wear to collect an Oscar. It’s just not memorable enough. It’s the kind of boring gown that Jessica Chastain (a Givenchy favorite) would wear to the MET Gala and people would sh*t all over her choice.

    But in a way, it is fitting Emma is wearing this sparkling beige dress with fringes because it represents exactly who she is: an overgrown Shirley Temple with the personality of a bowl of vanilla ice cream.

  38. N says:

    This assessment is completely off. The dress is stunning – the subtle detailing and beading are gorgeous, and this is most beautifully done fringe, a bit more subdued gold allows her hair to pop, and her hair and makeup are simply divine! This is h2t exquisite.