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I have already confessed my adoration of Marchesa, the line started by Brits Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman in 2004 after they graduated from the Chelsea College of Art and Design together in 2001.

To me, Marchesa represents a resurgence of a dying elegance. Graceful and feminine lines combine with luxurious and rare fabrics to remind us of an earlier, perhaps more fashionably refined time. In a previous post, I might have gushed on a bit suggesting that if angels are permitted to wear evening gowns in heaven, they will be by Marchesa.

The line was named after Marchesa Luisa Casiti, a noted and eccentric European style icon, whom Keren and Georgina admired. And so much has been written, and properly so, about Queen Sandra and her slinky, silvery, shimmery gown and her pretty magenta lips and her gorgeous sleek hairdo, I thought I would fawn a bit over the other Marchesa!

I positively swooned as I watched the Oscar’s Red Carpet arrivals when Vera Farmiga showed up in the utterly fabulous, extensively ruffled fuchsia Marchesa creation. With jewels by Fred Leighton and in her Louboutins, she was stunning!

Now, I read the blogs ladies, and we are aware that this particular gown was not universally admired. I can deal with that. In comparison to Queen Sandra and her own heavenly visage, I understand. And yes, it takes quite a personality to not let a dress like Vera’s fuchsia wear the wearer. But isn’t one sometimes in the mood for ruffles and sometimes for slinky?

And, isn’t it impressive that Marchesa could have two such stunning gowns on one red carpet?

And if I was asked to attend the Oscar’s (woohoo!), what would I wear? Why Marchesa of course! And my current choice is shown below. It is a two-toned silk gown, in black and white, with a large rosette embellishment on the bodice and lace at the waist. The straight skirt is of silk and spandex. All I would lack is loaner jewels and George Clooney awaiting!  

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