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At the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s runway show of unforgettable Oscar style moments yesterday, I asked Marvin Levy, Steven Spielberg‘s spokesman and longtime Academy board member, who has certainly seen a lot of Oscar shows in his life, to name his favorite gown.   I expected to hear a fond memory of  Elizabeth Taylor, Natalie Wood, Audrey Hepburn
"My favorite dress in recent Oscar fashion history? Oh, that singer.. what was her name… The one who wore that dress that looked like a bird." Bjork? "Yeah, that’s the one."
Levy’s not the only one who fondly recalls Bjork’s bird-brained idea. Turns out Oscar producer Laura Ziskin and  Vogue’s Andre Leon Talley desperately wanted to feature the swan gown in the show. But their request for the fine feathered frock was turned down by Bjork’s camp. What other gowns did they want but not get? You’ll be surprised.


Remember this? I don’t know about you, but I just never get tired of this photo. "South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker horrified the Academy and scandalized the serious fashion press in 2000 when they came dressed in iconic drag, mimicking Jennifer Lopez’s scandalously sheer, low-cut Versace Grammy frock and Gwyneth Paltrow’s "Shakespeare in Love " pink Ralph Lauren Oscar gown. Laura insists that her team tried contacting Matt and Trey to get the gown. But they were told that the gowns weren’t available and had been trashed shortly after they were worn. Ohmigod. That’s like blasphemy for the fashion faithful. Oh, Laura and Andre also couldn’t locate any gowns worn by Natalie Wood or Audrey Hepburn, which is not nearly as upsetting as Matt and Trey’s frocks.

Photo Credits: Bjork caught a lot of bird seed for her hilarious couture swan dress back in 2001. But the Academy wanted to feature it in their official fashion show of unforgettable fashion moments yesterday. Oh sure, now they like it…
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Photo Credits: Matt and Trey turned the 2000 Oscar red carpet into a real drag race. But apparently, the headline-making gowns ended up in the trash bin when the night was over. Oh no! They killed the couture! But who could have known the dresses would be included in Oscar’s finest fashion moments? 
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