Bill Rancic Defends His Wife Giuliana After Fashion Police Controversy: 'I Tried to Get Them to Release the Footage' 42 years, 2,191 covers and 55,436 stories from PEOPLE magazine's history for you to enjoy
- Peyton Manning Goes One-on-One with Magic Johnson – Plus Will the Super Bowl Champ Be Playing for the L.A. Rams?
- Read the Cover Story: Ryan Reynolds: Sexiest Dad Alive
- Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Jessica Alba and More Attend Saint Laurent at the Palladium Event in L.A.
- FROM EW: Deadpool Star Ryan Reynolds Wants 9 Daughters
- Bachelor Wedding: Inside the Alum-Studded Nuptials of Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert
On Newsstands Now
- Matthew McConaughey: In His Own Words
- Jessa Duggar's Wedding Album
- Brittany Maynard's Final Days
Pick up your copy on newsstands
Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine
People Top 5
LAST UPDATE: Tuesday February 10, 2015 01:10PM EST
PEOPLE Top 5 are the most-viewed stories on the site over the past three days, updated every 60 minutes
- March 12, 2007
- Vol. 67
- No. 10
The Making of Reese's Gown
With No Face-to-Face Meeting, Nina Ricci Designer Olivier Theyskens Collaborated with Reese Witherspoon for the Star's Dramatic Oscar Dress
Why two? Because Theyskens (who got his big break when Madonna wore one of his gowns to the Oscars in 1998) made two Oscar dresses for Witherspoon. "Because you never know. Very suddenly, one becomes really the one, and the other one is good, but just not right that day."
The right one for the star on Oscar day ended up being a bustier gown created from 40 meters of silk jacquard from Switzerland. The fitted silhouette ends in a cascade of ruffles that fade in color from a deep eggplant to a pale lilac. (The backup gown, which Theyskens asked the actress to keep anyway, was also a dark amethyst, but a simpler cut and made of a solid washed silk.) Witherspoon's makeup artist Molly Stern says the decision was an easy one. "She said that it was the most beautiful dress she felt she's ever worn."
"She wanted to have something special and really true to her," says Theyskens of his goal to wow Reese Witherspoon with a design she would "fall in love with." He began with the sketch, above. For the ruffles, Theyskens chose six tones of a pleated silk jacquard fabric. While constructing the dress, it was crucial that the colors be kept clear, so samples were pinned to a sheet of paper, with the stern instruction: "Degrade de Reese! Ne pas perder!" (Translation: Gradation for Reese! Don't lose!) Although Theyskens drew in a jewel at the waist, the star opted to go without. "The dress was such a beautiful understated statement, she felt so excited to wear it," says Witherspoon's makeup artist Molly Stern.
Want to see more of Reese? Visit WWW.PEOPLE.COM/REESE_WITHERSPOON
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
The most buzzed about stars this minute!