Florence Pugh at the Oscars 2020

Stylist: Rebecca Corbin-Murray assisted by Rachael Perry and Nic Goodwin
Outfit: custom Louis Vuitton by Nicolas Ghesquière
Makeup Artist: Alex Babsky using Pat McGrath Labs
Hairstylist: Peter Lux
Manicurist: Betina Goldstein
Shoes: Louis Vuitton
Bag: Louis Vuitton
Jewelry: Louis Vuitton High Jewelry

We are getting ready for award season and we are revisiting past outfits that caught our eye, hence why we’re here writing about Florence Pugh and her incredible dress for the 92nd Annual Academy Awards which took place on February 09, 2020 in Hollywood, California.

For the 2020 Oscars, Pugh donned a custom silk satin Louis Vuitton gown, which according to the house, “took more than 250 hours and six different seamstresses to make. The piece was made of silk satin lined in taffeta, and it took more than 70 meters of fabric to create its eight standout ruffles”.

Courtesy of Louis Vuitton
Courtesy of Louis Vuitton
Courtesy of Louis Vuitton
Courtesy of Louis Vuitton
Courtesy of Louis Vuitton

The Louis Vuitton dress was an eco-sustainable creation, certified by the Red Carpet Green Dress (RCGD), an organization aimed at global change, founded by advocate and environmental activist Suzy Amis Cameron.

Florence‘s stylist Rebecca Corbin-Murray explained to Vogue UK via email how the actress and Nicolas Ghèsquiere came to the concept of such a dress: “Nicolas and Florence had tea in January. They sat down and worked on sketches together to create something incredibly special for her first Oscars. The green colour is very chameleon-like as it looks different in different lights.”

Pugh accessorized her gown with a Louis VuittonGoutte de Sang‘ white gold necklace which comprised one pear-shaped imperial topaz totaling 21,03 carats, one flower cut diamond (1,60 carats), one pear-shaped diamond (3,01 carats), 131 baguette cut diamonds (20,76 carats) and 126 diamonds (8,66 carats).

Courtesy of Florence Pugh x Vogue

The matching white-gold pear-shaped imperial topaz rings also came from the Riders of the Knights collection, and featured 42 baguette cut diamonds, totaling 16,69 carats, and 20 diamonds of 1,49 carats.

Francesca Amfitheatrof, Louis Vuitton‘s artistic director for jewelry and watches, told British Vogue: “Goutte de Sang is inspired by the bravery of Jeanne d’Arc. She is represented here by her sword. This is made from custom-cut diamonds that wrap silkily around the neck and are held in place by a 3-carat, pear-shaped diamond… an extraordinary 20-carat Imperial Topaz pear-shaped pendant hangs from the tip, as if frozen in time. The colour of this stone is not a typical red, but instead has a touch of deep pink to represent Jeanne d’Arc, a woman who led men to victory and who never once used her sword. Like a relic, this necklace has the power of her spirit.”

I don’t know about you, but I absolutely crave these kinds of stories whenever I write about a look. These details are what make fashion so valuable to me and not a ‘shallow thing’ as many deem it.

Possible inspiration for the skirt from the Spring 2020 RTW
Possible inspiration for the top from the Spring 2020 RTW
Possible inspiration for the skirt from the Spring 2020 RTW

Here’s a look at the great makeup artist Alex Babsky‘s kit, complete with a list of all the products he used on Florence‘s gracious face, directly from his Instagram feed:

Courtesy of Alex Babsky
Courtesy of Alex Babsky

FACE:
Sublime Perfection Foundation in Light 7;
Sublime Perfection Concealer in L6;
Sublime Perfection Blurring Under-Eye Powder in Light;
Sublime Perfection Powder in Light 1;
Skin Fetish Highlighter + Balm Duo in “Nude”.

EYES:
Mothership VIIDivine Rose” Palette;
Permagel Ultra Glide Pencil in “Xtreme Black“;
Perma Precision Liquid Eyeliner;
FetishEyes Mascara in “Xtreme Black“.

LIPS:
Permagel Ultra Lip Pencil in “Bare Rose“;
Mattetrance Lipstick in “Femme Bot“.

In an interview for online publication HelloGiggles, hairstylist Peter Lux talked about the inspiration behind the knotted updo: “Since we’ve done a string of sometimes elaborate, sometimes simple looks throughout this year’s awards season, often playing with oily textures, we wanted to stick to the theme we started with today. I worked Florence‘s hair into an intricate row of knots with thin sections of hair that I shaped into fans. The inspiration for this look comes from a fashion shoot I did the hair for a few years ago where I tied chunky sections of hair into intricate knots.”

Here’s the process:
“- First, he applied the Dove Style + Care Smooth & Shine Heat Protection Spray throughout Pugh‘s damp hair, then blow-dried it with the ghd Helios Hairdryer.
– Once her hair was completely dry, he ran the ghd Platinum + Deep Scarlet Styler flat iron over her hairline in an upward motion in the direction of her crown, spraying it with the Dove Care Between Washes Clarifying Dry Shampoo to add volume to her roots.
– Then, Lux took two small sections at the front and tied them into a knot at the top of her head, adding two strands from both sides (starting at the ear), looped them into the ends of the first knot, and tied them all onto another knot. – Lux continued twisting her hair in this pattern until he reached a total of four knots along her crown.

‘Then I did the same at the back of the head, working from the nape upwards until I reached the crown, spraying the Dove Style+ Care Micro Mist Flexible Hold Hairspray throughout to ensure knots held together’.

‘Next, I interlinked the top knotted section with the back knotted section by tying them together across the top of her head and pinning them close to the crown, leaving the ends out. I took a piece of Hidden Crown Clip In Extensions, cut it short to about three inches to match the length of the ends that I left out of the knots and pinned it underneath one of the loops at the crown of Florence‘s head.’

– To wrap up Pugh‘s hairstyle, he molded the extensions and the ends he left out into a fan-like shape, using the ghd flat iron to make them pin-straight and have them peek out off the top of her head. He finished up by spritzing the look with the Dove Style + Care Micro Mist Flexible Hold Hairspray once again to lock in the look with a soft hold.”

Manicurist Betina Goldstein used a Chanel nail polish in the shade ‘Ballerina‘ as base with rose gold foil French tips.

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Florence Pugh was nominated in the category Best Supporting Actress for her role as Amy March in “Little Women“, which she lost to Laura Dern for her role as Nora Fanshaw in “Marriage Story“.