After 90 Years of Oscars, There Are No Fashion Rules

The Oscars recognize achievements in film, celebrating the images that light up the silver screen and transport us into other worlds, escaping into the richness of the stories played out for us. Red carpet fashion parades attempt to do the same thing — to allow the average citizen to step into an evening of glitz and glamour, of idealism and escapism.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been watching the stars of Hollywood pose in front of the flashbulbs in their dazzling gowns and sleek tuxedos. It wasn’t that I aspired to be just like…