Jennifer Hudson's Oscar Dress Hits The Runway

04/12/2007 at 12:15 PM ET

The Oscar de la Renta Fall 2007 fashion show at Tuesday’s Saks Fifth Avenue Colleagues’ luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire featured lots of dresses paired with boleros, but honoree Brooke Shields kept it simple in an LBD and heels by the designer. Perhaps she recalled the beating Jennifer Hudson took when she showed up to the Oscars in one of Oscar de la Renta’s shiny cropped creations. In fact, J Hud’s bolero and brown dress actually made an appearance at the luncheon. No, not on Molly Sims and Angie Harmon, who showed up in more demure dresses from the designer, but on the runway, where it garnered a far more favorable reaction – there was actual clapping as people gasped at the idea that this was the much maligned dress. Another fashion déjà vu moment: the fuchsia gown worn by Jessica Biel. Note to Vogue editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley, who infamously styled Hudson for the Oscars: just because a look works on the runway doesn’t mean that it’ll work on the red carpet.

Photo: Kevork Djansezian/ap; Donato Sardella/WireImage

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Steph on

Yeah, wow. If i was Oscar de la Renta I don’t think I’d ever let Jenifer wear that dress on the red carpet. The dress is beautiful on the model – who it was designed for. Eek.

Danielle on

Jenn Hudson didn’t look good in that dress and neither did the model. The dress is ugly and so is the bolero. I hate that people are so quick to judge her and her clothes. “She shouldn’t wear this and that.” Larger women are slowly but surely becoming more acceptable in Hollywood so get used to it Steph.

GLO on

I aggree! Hate IT! How dare they let her wear that dress knowing it was gonna be her BIG night!!!!???? Andre…Tisk Tisk…

Steph on

I’m floored that larger women are becoming “acceptable” BUT the majority of couture designers are still designing for women who look like the model pictured above. Therefore – these larger women should get stylists who recognize this and help them achieve a look that compliments their body – not stylists who squeeze them into couture gowns.

And that dress is beautiful. The bodice is gorgeous and the way it drapes and flows on her legs is elegant. It definitely channels Grace Kelly’s gown in to catch a thief.

Dawn on

I have some old velvet drapes we can all make dresses.

georgie on

nice dress, lovely colour. but the bolero is just plain ugly! the dress suits both of them really nicely.

Didi on

I kind of liked the dress although that I agree that for such big event she could have chosen something way more impressive like the gown that she sang in. Honestly I think Jennifer looks million times better in that dress then the model does.

j on

‘let her’ wear it?!?!? she’s an adult, was she forced into it?! VERY bad judgement on the stylist’s part–thinking this would look good on her body type with that hair fighting the bolero. i hope jennifer learned her lesson. fact is, it’s meant for the runway, and if it doesn’t look good on the model it’s not gonna look good on YOU!!

Michelle on

I don’t think the dress itself is ugly… Jennifer Hudson looked fine once she got rid of tha tridiculous bolero. And the way they popped the collar… it just looked like some futuristic abhorration.
But… for Jennifer Hudson’s big night (come on, we all knew she was going to win the Oscar) I think they should have chosen a dress that was more of a stunner anyway, bolero or not.


Come on, people!! Jennifer Hudson looked GREAT in that dress!! I think she looks better than the model. It complimented her skin tone and hair color, and the bolero added a funky twist. LOVED IT & loved it ON J-HUD! :)

maddy on

i think that the dress looks so much better on the model…but that is who it is designed for. Designers are just trying to sell their clothes, and clothes generally look better on thinner people. The designer’s are just running a business after all.

d on

Notice the awards are all over and we don’t hear about jennifer anymore is her 15 min up?

Cherry on

Wow, I didn’t recognize the dress on the model… Because it actually looks good, not like a 55 gallon trash bag squeezed around a tree trunk.

Elda on

i’m sorry but i just don’t like the dress!

Alice on

I like the dress better on the model but I think Jennifer looked fine in it after she took off the bolero. I agree with Michelle, the way she popped her collar looked ridiculous.

Julie on

Nothing is “squeezed” on Jennifer Hudson — they obviously made the dress to fit her like it was supposed to. And I actually think it looks nicer on her. She fills out the chest. The dress looks a bit weird around the model’s legs.

AnnieM on

I’m with Alice.

Carrie on

Cherry, you just made my day a lot more funny….thanks very much for a comment I couldn’t have said better myself. At least Jennifer doesn’t have her mouth wide open in this picture.

Gabriella on

It honestly doesn’t look that bad on either of them. Don’t be so quick to talk trash about other women, even if their overweight. Clothing size certainly isn’t the measure of a woman.

Maryse on

Once Jennifer Hudson got rid of that frickin’ bolero the dress was nice. Even the bolero on the model looks hideous. When I saw Jennifer with the bolero and how the collar was popped, it looked ridiculous, it looked like something out of the “Jetsons”. You couldn’t notice anything, because your attention was attracted to the bolero, you just couldn’t look past it. Because of the bolero, the hair looked hideous, but when she took the bolero off, everything looked nice on her, and the hair even looked great. I don’t like how the dress fits around the model’s legs either. Honestly, the dress really isn’t all that great. However, I loved the dress Jennifer performed in that night. I also agree with, Jessica Biel’s dress was awful as well, didn’t suit her well, and not something that should be worn to the Oscars. Nobody wants to see boobage from the side, but I did love the fuchsia color.

nyu on

d, thats cus evry1 knows that hudson didnt deserve that oscar. she cant act, jus so u all know.

KT from Cda on

Glad to know that I’m not the only one who didn’t like it. I’m sure it would look better without the top piece.

deb on

Hey! I’ve got news for you – It didn’t work on the runway either! The bolero looks like a heavy piece of aluminum folded around the neck and shoulders of the model and the dress is to matronly for her age and figure.

Rowan on

That dress is nice…but the top silver jacket-like thing is absolutely terrible.

Kristina on

Sorry, it doesn’t look good on the thin woman either.

nijia on


deb on

I think Jennifer Hudson looks better in that dress than the model.Jennifer Huudson would make an impressive fashion model as her body resembles an average woman in a more realistic way.Let’s ditch the tall skinny models and really tall lanky Victoria’s Secret Angels.Jennifer Hudson can rock the catwalk and be a Victoria’s Secret Angel too!

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