Long time no see. Phong has been so busy working on our new collection (more on that soon!) and I have been so busy being his muse that I have been neglecting you, my dear Diary.
Finally though, I've got some news that is simply too big to not write about!
A while back, Phong designed a dress for the Oscars Designer Challenge 2010. Now, with the Oscars right around the corner, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced (or, ahem, nominated) Phong's dress as one of nine finalists (selected from designers all throughout the US)! The winning design will be chosen by voters like YOU and worn onstage by this year's awards escort (commonly known as the "trophy girl").
Phong's creation is a modern twist on old Hollywood glamour, inspired by the iconic Oscar Statuette (also known as the Academy Award of Merit). The dress is made out of a beautiful silk charmeuse in the color "OSCAR GOLD" and features Phong's signature hand-braiding technique. Phong painstakingly hand-sculpted the fabric into itself to form the braid, which runs from the back of the dress, over the top of the shoulder and down the entire length of the front of the gown!
Check out these pics of Ford model Danielle wearing the gown! Doesn't she look so glamorous and classy? Oh, and check out Oscar, too. What a perfect couple, right? ;)
Phong with ABC7's Rachel Smith (Miss USA 2007) and Danielle.Please click here to watch a runway video of the dress and vote for Phong's design (#8)! You can vote once a day, every day from now until March 1st!
Also, be sure to tune in to Oscar.com starting March 2nd to catch Phong in the exclusive "Behind the Dress" web series hosted by Queer Eye's Carson Kressley!
Catch you again soon...