Julianne Moore’s Oscar Dress Designer Karl Lagerfeld Praises Actress

It was Julianne Moore’s night to shine during the Oscars, and shine she did, not only because she won the award for Best Actress, but because of her fabulous gown.

Moore wore a custom made design by Karl Lagerfeld. The creative director of Chanel convinced her to wear the dress based on one sketch he made up for her. Based on a take off of a design from the Chanel Couture show, the result of the dress that she wore to the ceremony was stunning complete with 80,000 hand-painted sequins, which took 987 hours to make.

Julianne Moore’s designer Lagerfeld praised the star for her sunny disposition. This is rare, given that Lagerfeld hasn’t minced words about other stars. Speaking with Women’s Wear Daily, Lagerfeld said about the Still Alice actress, “I am so happy Julianne won the Oscar for her great talent. I’ve known her for years, and was always her greatest fan—as an actress and also as a woman.”

He continued, “She is the perfect illustration of what I understand to be womanhood in the best sense of the word. She is fun, down to earth and an extremely cheerful, lovable person. I am really happy for her.”

Prior to the Academy Awards Julianne Moore was racking up all of the awards, and it was hers to lose on the big night. The actress, who has been nominated several times for an Academy Award, collected her first in her career, and gave a humorous and heartwarming speech.

“I read an article that said that winning an Oscar could lead to [living] five years longer. If that’s true, I’d really like to thank the Academy, because my husband is younger than me.”

Moore, who played a woman struggling with early on-set Alzheimer’s, chose that platform to address the debilitating disease. “I’m thrilled that we were able to shine a light on Alzheimer’s disease. So many people with this disease feel isolated and marginalized, and one of the wonderful things about film is that it makes us feel seen and not alone. People with Alzheimer’s deserve to be seen so we can find a cure.”

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