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Oscars 2015: White dresses a hot trend on the red carpet

Move over, classic black. On the Oscars red carpet Sunday, the white dress is turning out to be one of the evening’s biggest trends.

We’re not talking basic white gowns either, but showpieces elaborately embroidered with sparkling pearls, beads and flowers, putting new emphasis on couture-level detail work.

Pearl and ivory beading cover Lupita Nyong'o's  custom white Calvin Klein halter gown.

Faith Hill is wearing a long-sleeved beaded ivory J Mendel gown, and Julianne Moore chose a strapless crystalline Chanel creation, with unique floral embroidery at the top.

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Marion Cotillard’s dramatic modern-looking off-white silk creation by Christian Dior couture has a sheer polka dot effect and a low back bustle.

Kerry Washington is also following the trend in a Champagne bustier top with peplum bodice and a long chiffon skirt. The two pieces are covered in glass beads, pearls and crystal embroidery.  

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