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How Bryce Dallas Howard's size 6 dress won the Golden Globes red carpet.

Summary: Actress said she bought her size 6 dress because it was nice to go into a store and have lots of choices in a size 6, which in the realm of actresses is edging towards plus-size

Image Credit: TNS By Robin Givhan, Washington Post

There were a host of extravagant gowns on the Golden Globes red carpet on Sunday night: borrowed, custom-made and most of them cut for the very, very tiny inhabitants of Hollywood. Brie Larson was draped in a shower of gold star dust courtesy of Calvin Klein. Laverne Cox exuded old Hollywood glamour in a white floor-length gown by Elizabeth Kennedy. And Jennifer Lopez looked more sophisticated and elegant than usual in a mustard-coloured Giambattista Valli gown that showed off her shape without revealing the family jewels.

But the most striking dress was surely that of Bryce Dallas Howard - not a nominee, but a presenter. Howard's dress was cut from metallic navy lace. It had a simple jewel neckline. It had been created by the British designer Jenny Packham.

It was not the most adventurous gown. That honour might go to Jaimie Alexander, who wore a bold green, art-deco-print Genny dress with a neckline that plunged so low it might have required an entire roll of double-stick tape to keep it PG. And, aesthetically, Howard's was not the most memorable red-carpet moment. That would probably be the arrival of actor Channing Tatum with side-swept, slicked-down hair that looked like something out of a Clampetts reunion.

But it was the 10-second comment that Howard made about the origins of her dress that sent a ripple across social media and, perhaps, if we are lucky, landed like a reprimanding thud within the fashion industry. Packham had not created the dress just for Howard. It was not borrowed. Howard had purchased it. Purchased it. At Neiman Marcus.

Why? Because she said it was nice to go into a store and have lots of choices in a size 6, which in the wider world is quite petite, but in the realm of actresses is edging towards plus-size.

Howard looked smashing. But more than anything, she spoke truth on the red carpet - a place where fantasy, polite banter and overly friendly back-patting are the rule. As a result, people are likely to remember her blue lace dress long after they have forgotten the more dramatic gowns and the finely tailored tuxedos that swept the red carpet.

David Tusing

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Date:Jan 11, 2016
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