Celine Dion’s Backwards Suit
In between cosmetic procedures (her new addiction), Lucinda McRuvy took the time to compose a list of the worst-dressed Canadians in show biz. She even added a special category, The Worst Dressed Canadian Hall of Fame, just to dishonor Celine Dion.
Now I’ve never been Dion’s biggest fan, but I’m going to take some time and a few paragraphs to defend her. The reason: Celine Dion is a champion of antifashion.
Whatever passes for fashion nowadays on the red carpet is not what I would call fashion. I’ve blogged about the stylist-hijacked, designer-sponsored trend that has made the red carpet such a creative wasteland, so I don’t need to do that again. Just trudge through my archives — if you’re so inclined.
But if you want to know why I worship Celine Dion as an antifashion icon, just read this 2007 story about her from contactmusic.com:
Celine Dion has refused to ever set foot on a red carpet again because she hates answering superficial questions about the clothes she is wearing. The superstar singer was savaged by the fashion police for wearing a backwards white Dior suit to the 1999 Oscars and has never truly recovered from the criticism. And now she tells style magazine W she insists on bypassing red carpets at events – so she doesn’t have to talk about fashion. She says, “I just want to do music and perform for people who want to see me performing.
“I don’t want people to say to me, ‘Are those diamonds yours? Did you borrow them?’ I can pay for my own diamonds, and I don’t need to wear the necklace of the year.
“I don’t need that s**t, so I don’t want to walk on the red carpet. If nobody wants to dress me because they want publicity, well, I’m sorry.”
But Dion has won praise from some fashion designers – because she’s one of the few stars who insists on buying whatever she wears. Gilles Mendel, who has become one of the singer’s favourite designers, admits he can’t remember ever lending her an outfit. He says, “It’s really rare… She is really classy. It creates an independence, so she doesn’t owe anything to anyone.”
Aside from that, the suit really isn’t that horrible. Only a scrawny bird like Celine (or a model) could get away with wearing a fabric draped across the breasts like that, and it really does fit her well through the torso, too. Her pants need to be shortened slightly so that they don’t break like a man’s trouser at the ground (or else her heel needs to be an inch higher). Her body type favors a plunging neckline — not the neckline of this jacket — because she has such great shoulders. She also has a long neck, so she doesn’t need to accentuate the vertical line from her shoulders upward by donning a fedora (although I’ll admit that I’d kill to have the hat).
Technically, that’s what’s wrong with the outfit. Artistically, however, the outfit is a masterpiece. Just imagine how much more fun the world would be if people went out in public in clothes like this.
Forget what the so-called fashionista say. Fingers need to be pointed at the millionaires who demand free clothes. Fingers need to be pointed at the stylists who have made “good taste” a commodity, as if it actually has some sort of value in the grand scheme of things. Fingers also need to be pointed at people who write worst-dressed lists.
I don’t want to come off as a sanctimonious windbag, so I’ll admit that I used to get paid to write those lists, too. Yet I don’t know if there’s anything else in my past as a fashion journalist that embarrasses me more. I was a rotten person back in those days. Thankfully, I had people like Celine Dion in my life to show me the error of my ways.
Now if I only felt the same way about her music!