The Cost Of Looking Fabulous At The Oscars Will Make You Lose Your Mind.
The Academy Awards is every bit of Hollywood glamour anyone could ever imagine, particularly for the professionals involved. Actors, actresses, directors, and anyone who has worked on a nominated film consider it a dream to even sit in the hall alongside fellow nominees. Part of this dream — and one that is heavily documented — is the tradition of dressing up.
Even though they probably have the money, stars do not typically pay for their preparations in full. According to Forbes, studios are the ones who pick up the cost of car services and stylists. Anyone in those fields would jump at the honor of being able to chauffeur or style one of the biggest celebrities.
Designers are also a big part of the event, but no decisions are final until the day of. No matter how much work goes into a piece, if a certain design isn't working for the person, they can easily opt for another.
According to E!, who spoke with celebrity stylists Lo VonRumpf and Ugo Mozie and branding expert Jeetendr Sehdev, everything can add up to $10 million for an A-list actress. For men, a lower-maintenance look is about $270,000. Don't forget the Oscar Afterparties.
Scroll below for some of the night's most memorable looks followed by a few rough estimates.
Brie Larson took home Best Actress for Room in custom Gucci.
Star Wars newcomer Daisy Ridley wore Chanel Haute Couture, Chanel Fine Jewelry, and Christian Louboutin heels.
Best Supporting Actress nominee Rachel McAdams (Spotlight) looked beautiful in an August Getty Atelier gown. She finished off her look with a Salvatore Ferragamo clutch, Stuart Weitzman heels, and Piaget drop earrings.
Olivia Munn brightens up the event with a bold Stella McCartney gown and Forevermark jewels.
Australian actress Margot Robbie showed up in a golden Tom Ford gown and Forevermark diamonds.
Tina Fey presented the Best Production award in this custom Atelier Versace royal purple gown and Bulgari diamond-and-sapphire necklace.
Julianne Moore in custom Chanel Haute Couture and Chopard jewelry. The respected actress has been nominated for an Academy Award five times and won Best Actress for Still Alice in 2014.
Saoirse Ronan, who was nominated for Best Actress this year for her role in Brooklyn, looked breathtaking in Calvin Klein.
Lady Gaga, who captivated the world with a powerful performance, wore a seamless white jumpsuit and a reported $8 million worth of Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.
And the Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role went to... Alicia Vikander for her work with Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl. Vikander wore Louis Vuitton from head to toe.
Cate Blanchett has received 7 Academy Award nominations and 2 wins. Here she is one of the evening's favorite looks, a custom Armani Privé gown and Tiffany & Co. Blue Book jewelry.
Naomi Watts, who has received two nominations in the past, does daring chic in an Armani Privé gown and standout Bulgari diamond necklace.
And now for some estimates... Forbes Staff member Hannah Elliot went through the entire experience of dressing up for the Oscars, and her total came out to $35,488.
Here are some rough estimates by E!:
LookLive provides a more detailed look at this year's preparation costs by pricing the stars' ensembles according to the price of similar looking pieces:
If you'd really like to attend the Oscars, you can always fill out an application to be a seat filler. When cameras film the audience, a blank seat doesn't appear well on screen so they have a few lucky people to take their seat to keep the shots looking full. You can also attend as a guest, assuming you know someone who's worked on a nominated film.