Oscars Designer Challenge

Lauren Gish and Sam Kori George

Sam Kori George of Chicago has been named the winner of the Oscars Designer Challenge.

For the first time in its history, the Academy invited the public to select the evening gown worn by one of the Awards escorts during the 81st Academy Awards.

Seven up-and-coming fashion designers were each paired with a model, and online voters determined which designer's original evening gown would be showcased as the model wearing it brought Oscar statuettes onto the stage of the Kodak Theatre on Oscar Night®, February 22.

The winning design was announced during “Oscar’s Red Carpet 2009,” the live arrivals show that aired on ABC before the Academy Awards presentation. The model and gown graced the stage several times over the course of the telecast.

The Gowns

Jana

Moire Conroy

New York

Dress & Concept Sketch

Morgan

Alan Del Rosario

Los Angeles

Dress & Concept Sketch

Lauren

Sam Kori George

Chicago

Dress & Concept Sketch

Jenna

Marianne Kooimans

Los Angeles

Dress & Concept Sketch

Gerren

Maria Pinto

Chicago

Dress & Concept Sketch

Janica

Nicolas Putvinski

New York

Dress & Concept Sketch

Mercedes

Robert Rodriguez

Los Angeles

Dress & Concept Sketch

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