Barbra Streisand was draped in glistening Chanel and Donna Karan as she appeared to present the nominated film “BlacKkKlansman”, at the 91st Academy Awards on Feb. 21, 2019.
Barbra’s gown made its debut in the Chanel 2011 Cruise collection show which took place in Saint-Tropez, France. Though the runway version of this dress had a nude lining, versions were also sold with a black lining. Barbra purchased this dress from Church Boutique in West Hollywood and had it customized to match her vision. Most notably, a large hand beaded applique was added to the front, and additional fabric was added to make the armpit area less revealing. A silver scalloped edge, art deco brooch was added just below the criss-crossed straps, which were also embellished with two rows of faceted round beads down the center. The result is a look that is unmistakably Streisand.
This gorgeous Chanel maxi dress features an empire waist and black silk, entirely embroidered with sequins. The bust area features openwork leather, which continues in a matching thick panel around the bottom of the dress. The straps criss-cross in the front and back and feature English embroidery. The fabric content of this dress is 44% Poly, 40% rayon, 13% silk and 3% cotton with a 100% cotton lining.
Barbra paired this dress with a long sleeved sequined Donna Karan (likely Black Label) open front duster which has pockets on both sides. It is 70% Cashmere, 30% silk. The duster was sewn with two darts under the bust to provide a more tapered shape. This look was completed with a Donna Karan black sequined beret and jewelry. The way these pieces perfectly complemented each other is a testament to Barbra’s amazing eye for fashion.