That Octavia Spencer would don a Tadashi Shoji gown (left) to pick up her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress was already a forgone conclusion. (The designer is an unabashed red carpet favorite of the actress.) That Spencer's final Shoji creation would also be her finest, well, that was a pleasant surprise. With a burst of silver and white beads fanning out over the gown's hourglass silhouette, Shoji emphasized his muse's curves and elongated her petite stature with a high neckline—the added bonus being more coverage and support.
Brides, too, can take home a bit of the winning look in a similarly glamorous gown (right) from Jenny Packham's Fall 2011 collection. Like Spencer's choice, Packham's design leads the eye to the narrowest part of the waist with a sprinkling of embellishments topped by illusion cap sleeves. Though perhaps less intricately detailed than Shoji gown, Packham's approach spans multiple wedding venues, from an uptown club to an evening garden party to a grand, tented estate.
Browse more Jenny Packham gowns in our Wedding Dresses gallery.
—Phillip B. Crook