Natalie Portman's vintage Christian Dior Oscar dress sells for $50,000

By Jenna Katharine Nelson,

Natalie Portman's vintage Dior dress from Oscar night sold for a mouth-watering $50,000 this week.

Natalie Portman arrives on the red carpet at the 84th Academy Awards at the Hollywood and Highlands Center in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on February 26, 2012. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

“Natalie’s dress is amazing," stylist Kate Young told IntoTheGloss. "It’s an actual 1954 [Christian Dior] spring couture dress, from Rare Vintage on 57th street in New York. We borrowed it—it’s $50,000!"

"She was actually going to wear another dress," Young continued." But then I got a call from the woman at Rare Vintage and she was like, ‘You should see this dress for Natalie.’ So we went and she put it on, and it needed zero alterations, and Natalie was like, ‘This was meant to be, wasn’t it?’ And I said, ‘I guess it was.’"

And someone was eager to get their hands on the dress.

An anonymous British couture collecter purchased the gown for $50,000. Shortly after the Oscars, Rare Vintage posted the size 4, strapless, red with black polka-dotts gown on 1stdibs.com, the New York Post reports. Portman wore the dress while presenting the Academy Award for Best Actor to Jean Dujardin for The Artist.

Actress Natalie Portman arrives on the red carpet for the 84th Academy Awards at the Hollywood and Highlands Center in Los Angeles on February 26, 2012. UPI/Jim Ruymen.

The gown was designed by Christian Dior himself, before his death in 1957, and is a major piece of fashion history, says The Daily Mail. It was part of Dior's 'New Look,' a radical and luxurios idea in post-WWII fashion. The New Look comprised of a "tiny, corseted waist and a full skirt, and required much larger than usual volumes of fabric to create." Definitely a fashion statement for women around the world who's fabric had been rationed during wartime.

The gown was an appropriate choice for Portman, who recently became the face of Dior's Miss Dior Cherie fragrance. The star accessorized with a dazzling V-shaped Harry Winston diamond necklace and a black Charlotte Olympia box clutch.



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