Designing Women

All in all, award shows are fairly predictable. Winners cry, losers, clap, and hosts drag the audience on through it. The fun part is the pre-show, when the stars walk the red carpet dressed to impress and rattle off the designers responsible.

Of course, while we talk trash about too much cleavage and ill-fitting frocks from the comfort of our couches, the women showing off designer duds are making or breaking both their reputations and those of the people who outfitted them. Hollywood Reporter fashion journalist Merle Ginsberg will discuss the dollars-and-cents side of red carpet fashion during her talk “When and How the Oscars Became Big Business.” Presented in conjunction with Phoenix Art Museum's fashion exhibition, “Hollywood Red Carpet,” attendees will hear the inside scoop on how red carpet looks, particularly at the Academy Awards, influence everything from what's trendy this season to what you'll find in the bargain bin.

The free talk starts at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 23, at 1625 North Central Avenue. Visit or call 602-257-1880.

Wed., April 23, 7 p.m., 2014
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Becky Bartkowski is an award-winning journalist and the arts and music editor at New Times, where she writes about art, fashion, and pop culture.
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