'Project Runway' meets Oscar

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. The challenge was announced at an annual fashion show at the /*Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences*/. The fashion show features gowns presented by the Academy worthy of /*Oscar*/ gold. However, no one knows if the stars will wear them until the day of the Academy Awards.

On Tuesday, the Oscar fashion lineup included seven new designers and their models. The public will get to choose the one that will bring the Oscar statuettes onstage at the Kodak Theatre.

"The winning designer gown will be featured on the awards escorts. So this is a gown you will see on Oscar telecast night -- probably more than any other gown that walks the red carpet," said Patty Fox, Oscar fashion coordinator.

Alan Del Rosario, an L.A. designer, said, "I just wanted to actually capture the old /*Hollywood*/ glamour."

Chicago designer Maria Pinto described the inspiration for her gown as "a modern /*Marie Antoinette*/."

Marianne Kooimans, a Venice, California, artist, makes everything by hand, including the shoes. "The inspiration was the intrinsic beauty of the fabric," said Kooimans.

New York designer Moire Conroy was inspired by 1960s San Francisco.

Another New York designer, Nicolas Putvinski, went for a glamorous look. "The inspiration for the gown -- and since I am from New York -- is from the skyscrapers and the New York City background."

Los Angeles designer Robert Rodriguez says he had a muse. "My muse was /*Grace Kelly*/, Princess of Monaco. And my inspiration was old Hollywood glamour."

Designer Sam Kori George went for the bubbly. "The Taittinger girl ... Celebration and champagne," said George.

Voting continues online until Feb. 17. The winner will be announced on the Oscar preshow on ABC7.


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