Model Lauren Gish wears a platinum crepe lame strapless gown with handmade orchid by designer Sam Kori George at the "Oscars Designer Challenge," Tuesday at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Damian Dovarganes/AP)
Calling all fashionistas: Oscar wants you. The film academy is adding a "Project Runway" element to the Oscars this year by asking the public to vote on which dress the trophy presenter will wear.
The academy tapped seven emerging designers to create gowns for the competition. They unveiled their entries Tuesday during the annual Oscar fashion show at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' headquarters.
The winning dress "will be seen on Oscar night probably more than any other gown on the red carpet," said Oscar fashion coordinator Patty Fox. She and show producers Laurence Mark and Bill Condon selected the competing designers.