Thursday, March 2, 2017

Dakota Johnson in Vintage Cartier at the 2017 Oscars

Dakota Johnson at the Oscars. Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty.

What turned out to be my favorite look at the Oscars this year came from an unlikely source—Dakota Johnson, star of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie franchise, daughter of actors Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, and granddaughter of hottie Hitchcock blonde Tippi Hedren.

Her gown was by Gucci. REX photo.

I loved Dakota’s pale gold Gucci gown with its pleated bodice, gigantic draped bow at the waist, and 1940s feel, and the Cartier gold and diamond necklace she paired it with was just divine. The moment I got a closer look at it I knew it seemed familiar and sure enough, I have seen it many times before, in between the covers of my favorite Cartier book, Amazing Cartier: Jewelry Design Since 1937 by Nadine Coleno.

The “Palmette” necklace in the book.

What Dakota wore is a 1958 “Palmette” necklace made by Cartier Paris, of gold wire and brilliant and baguette-cut diamonds. Each one of the five motifs can be removed from the necklace and worn as a brooch. Amazing indeed!

So gorgeous!

I loved the entire ensemble on Dakota, kudos to her stylist Kate Young for creating such a sultry and glamorous retro look. I was hoping to be wowed by some vintage jewelry on the red carpet and this particular necklace was a thrill to see out of the pages of a book and worn by the lovely Dakota!

Let me know what you thought of Dakota’s gown and jewelry at the Oscars, or any other look you loved!


Rosie said...

I love Dakota's ensemble. The gown is very 1940's - shoulder pads, pleating at the top & that sweet detail at the neckline. All she needed was a statement necklace & she sure had one. Just beautifully done.

lc520 said...

Thank you for sharing the back story on this incredible piece of jewelry!

Jill said...

Hi Rosie, I guess only you and I liked it, I am hearing that quite a few people despised Dakota's entire ensemble, head to toe. Huh. I read on Twitter that Elizabeth Holmes, the former fashion writer at the Wall St. Journal, said this look was one for the fashion crowd and I think she was right. When I think about the red carpet in general it was pretty boring in terms of anybody taking a fashion risk. Nobody was. I get it, it's the Oscars, you want to look good, etc. Still, how many more (boring) white dresses could we have seen? How many times is Charlize Theron going to show up in Dior with GIGANTIC Chopard diamonds? Dakota's look was an actual standout for me, she was really pushing the envelope. I think the only other two looks I really appreciated were Ruth Negga's and Kirsten Dunst's. xx

Jill said...

Hi Ic520, it's fun to see pieces of vintage high jewelry you've only seen in books or in exhibits actually worn by humans! Happy to share. xx