Oscars 2011:
The Dress Code, Decoded

2011-03-03 15:55 | Comments: 2

Oh my gosh, James Franco and Anne Hathaway swapping clothes and appearing as ballerinas in the opening film feature. Endearing! But what does it say about our traditional dress codes? An analysis by Miss Viki.

Photo credit: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 2011

The Oscars Dress Code, Decoded

Hi, dress codes are usually unwritten laws and social norms of what to wear (or not to wear) on any given occasian. They tell us what is appropriate or not and provide us some security in our social life and interactions.

The dress code of the Academy Awards can be summarized as follows: men in black tuxedos, women in long, elegant ball gowns with colors allowed and encouraged.

Considering the long history of the Oscars (these were the 83rd Academy Awards) it is clear that the dress code comes from a long human tradition.

We have also a lot of balls in Vienna with similar, very traditional dress codes, one of the most known being the Opernball (ball in the Opera house) with an even stricter dress code (men in black tailcoats, women a bit more relaxed, similar to Oscars elegance).

Traditional dress codes help make the Oscars or other events in general something very special, by giving them an uniform and extraordinary look, but also emphasize a historic, narrow view on our gender roles, seeing men as the traditional hunters, and women as the coveted. This sociological view is not wrong per se and backed by evolution and mainstream sexuality.

However, the traditional dress code ignores the many more facets of gender and our efforts towards a more equally balanced society, where women and men have equal rights and responsibilities.

So what does all this mean for the Oscars or Opernball dress code? Sure, it can still be celebrated in this way for historic reasons, simply because it is a tradition, which is ok with knowing the background, or it can eventually change completely, reflecting the inexorable evolution of society.

Dress code in Kodak Theatre Hollywood

Photo credit: Darren Decker | A.M.P.A.S.

Dress Code at Kodak Theatre Hollywood, Oscars 2011

Black, white, red traditional male-female colored dress code in the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

James Franco

Photo credit: Michael Yada | A.M.P.A.S.

Oscars 2011: James Franco

James Franco in black tuxedo.

The Oscars hosts

James Franco and Anne Hathaway
Photo credit: Michael Yada | A.M.P.A.S.

Oscars 2011: James Franco and Anne Hathaway

Photo credit: Michael Yada | A.M.P.A.S.

Oscars 2011: Anne Hathaway and James Franco

Both conforming to the Oscars dress code.

Swapping Dresses

Photo credit: Michael Yada | A.M.P.A.S.

Oscars 2011: Anne Hathaway and James Franco in drag

The dress code reversed ;)

Anne Hathaway In Tuxedo

Photo credit: Michael Yada | A.M.P.A.S.

Oscars 2011: Anne Hathaway in tuxedo

Photo credit: Michael Yada | A.M.P.A.S.

Oscars 2011: Anne Hathaway in tuxedo

The Lanvin tux suits her well :)

James and Anne as ballerinas
Video: Oscars Opening Film Feature

Oscars 2011
Best Of Dresses
The Happy Winners

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I love this post. The clothes swap was one of my favorite oscars moments this year. Thanks so much for your comment yesterday :) Lovely blog!

@Aqui: Hey thanks, Anne and James were so cute and also the "I am the brown duck!" scene in the introductional video was so funny :)

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