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The Oscars were almost a month ago, but...

Patt on the Oscars red carpet, as the guest of her good friend, producer Gale Anne Hurd.
Patt on the Oscars red carpet, as the guest of her good friend, producer Gale Anne Hurd. MUWT RUN/AMPAS

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Here I am on the Oscars red carpet, as the guest of my good friend Gale Anne Hurd, producer of the “Terminator” and “Alien/Aliens” films, the wicked little political comedy “Dick,” which I love, and now “The Walking Dead.”

She’s vice president of the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – the Oscars. And one swell gal, to boot.
She’s wearing a St. John couture gown that looks like it was made for her; there’s something hieratic, almost Egyptian, about the severe lines and the black and gold of the gown. I’m in a long pewter lame [yes, there should be an accent over the “e” in “lame” but I can’t get this keyboard to type in French] contemporary off-the-rack dress, but the oh-so-glam amethyst silk velvet coat is from Jean Patou, the Parisian designer, circa 1923.

You might have found Zelda Fitzgerald or Isadora Duncan in a coat like this. It was lent to me by Susan at French Laundry; it was her grandmother’s, which means her grandmother cut quite a figure in her day, to have a Patou cocoon coat. No wonder Sue is such a lover and expert when it comes to fabric; she restores and cleans vintage clothing and costumes and fabric sent from all over the country. I’ve walked in and seen hanging there a costume that Lana Turner wore in a period movie, or a Yohji Yamamoto piece getting spruced up on its way to a private collection.

I think I could blindfold Sue or her business partner Pam and hand one of them a piece of cloth and she could identify material, weave , era – and probably color!
Sitting as close to the stage as I was, I enjoyed the Oscars not as a TV event but as a live stage show, and the feeling was altogether different. 

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