On March 7, 2010, Barbra Streisand wore this Randolf Duke couture tuxedo, as she presented the Oscar for Best Director to the first female ever to win this award-Kathyrn Bigelow.
This classic, sleek look was inspired by menswear, and features a four button tuxedo jacket with satin peaked lapel and besom (jetted) pockets over a matching waistcoat. The tuxedo is feminized with a slim fitting maxi skirt with a thigh high slit on the left side, which touts a silk trim. Completing this look is an antique white, hand beaded blouse made of sheer Victorian lace from Streisand’s personal collection, and a six strand layered diamond necklace.
Randolf Duke was born and raised in Las Vegas where his mother was a showgirl. After graduating from FIDM, he began his career designing simple, yet stylish swimwear. After working for several designers he launched his own line, Randolf Duke Inc. where he designed sportswear, swimwear, menswear and eventually eveningwear. In 1996, Duke achieved international recognition for his masterful resurrection of Halston, where he served as VP of design and creative director for two years. He is credited for reviving the hause to it’s original glory. His success at Halston helped turn Duke into red carpet royalty with his show stopping, haute couture gowns. He has dressed A-List stars ever since, and several actresses have had their award winning moments in his gowns including Angelina Jolie, Hillary Swank and Marcia Gay Harden.
In 2017, along side Irene Sales, Duke opened a concept store in Santa Fe, NM called “The DUKE and I” which sells an eclectic mix of deftly curated furniture, fashion, textiles, decor, art, and more.