Reese Witherspoon's Oscar dress: Channeling Julia? Or Barbie?

barbie-oscar-dressImage Credit: A.M.P.A.S.; Chris Weeks/Getty ImagesReese Witherspoon presented at the Oscars last night wearing a gorgeous Armani Prive gown — a look we awarded an impressive A+ — but many of you have pointed out its similarity to another knock-out Oscars dress: The Valentino Julia Roberts wore in 2001 when she picked up her statue for Erin Brockovich. I, however, choose to think the actress was channeling a different legend: Vintage Barbie. There was something about that swooped high ponytail and form-fitting — yet conservative — dress that made me want to see if her fingers separated and throw her in a dusty box with an old Jem doll that looks far too much like a man to not wonder what kind of powers Synergy possesses.


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  • VegasChic

    I immediately thought about my vintage Barbie doll. I had that dress & loved it. I wanted to grow up & get one for myself.

    • Constance

      I did, too! My husband can quote me, I said right away, “she looks like a Barbie doll”. She also pulls that look off very well.

      • ST

        I said pretty much the same thing, “Look, it’s Oscar Barbie!” but i meant it in a nice way. She looks fantastic!

  • BeBe

    Hated her hair but ok dress

    • lefty

      I didn’t like either.

  • Muslim Infiltrator

    is it possible Reese didn’t go back 10 years and examine every celebrity dress and just picked one that looked good?

  • KC

    I was thinking how it would look crumpled up on my floor in the morning…

  • anonymous

    It looks exactly like my friend’s prom dress. From seven years ago.

  • omg

    she looked amazing!

  • Levente

    So boring. Reese can do much better.

  • Stacie

    I thought of Julia Roberts immediately! Pretty boring. The Guardian said she looked like a pint of Guiness.

  • Lia

    I thought Julia Roberts the minute I saw Reese

  • ehn

    The dress looked great no matter who she reminded anyone of. The hair was another matter. She looked like one of those polygamist wives from Big Love.

  • Pancakes

    Did no one else think of Kelly and Brenda’s prom dress from the original 90210!?!?

    • hahahaha YES!!!

      And I thought I was the only one!! LOVE THIS!! Remeber when Jim Walsh said “You two look like the bobsy twins”

      • Pancakes

        thank you – i thought i was going crazy!

  • marissa

    You’re trying to tell me that Reece was “channeling” Julia because, what, both their dresses were black and white and somewhat vintage looking? That’s a pretty weak argument–their dresses are not really similar at all.

    • SirLizard

      No, they’re not trying to tell you that Reece was channeling Julia. They’re trying to tell you the Reese was channeling Julia.

  • Michael Martinez

    she looked like she was going to prom in the late 80’s and her hair was priming itself for the back seat later

  • s-k-s

    Unless Julia Roberts was the first and last person to mix black and white in a dress, I don’t think you can see Reese was “channeling” JR’s dress. The two just aren’t at all similar.

  • SirLizard

    Other than the black and white, there was no similarity at all to the Valentino that Julia Roberts wore.

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