Call It Dangerous Excess as Loads of Oscar's Ladies Bust Out and Take the Plunge

UPDATED 04/17/1989 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 04/17/1989 at 01:00 AM EDT

It was the night the stars fell out. At the 61st Academy Awards ceremony on March 29, Best Actress Jodie (The Accused) Foster came close to becoming Breast Actress as well when she leaned over to hug her mother after the award was announced. Only a timely two-handed tug to her bodice saved her dignity.

Foster wasn't the only screen queen to leave little to the imagination. Best Supporting Actress (no jokes, please!) Geena Davis, Goldie Hawn, Melanie Griffith and Demi Moore, among others, had to take their bows very carefully. The temptation was to credit Dangerous Liaisons, the highbrow, low-cut Best Picture nominee. Glenn Close, after all, was out there sporting her décolletage in the movie—and featured the look at the awards ceremony as well. Said James Acheson, Liaisons' Oscar-winning costume designer: "There is a move toward décolletage and the fuller-bosomed look for women in fashion today."

Bloomingdale's is so taken with Liaisons and its oh-wow couture that it's giving a month long exhibition of the actual costumes—and adding a Bob Mackie-designed line of sleepwear inspired by the movie. None of the outfits affords any chest protection against sudden drafts. But, as a spokesman for the store said, putting the low-cut look in historical perspective: "When hasn't there been cleavage?"

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