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This awards season, Marion Cotillard and Jennifer Lawrence demonstrated the right, and the wrong, way to work an edgy couture gown

In the battle of column inches earned by fashion garments worn at awards ceremonies, challenging gowns created by new Christian Dior creative director Raf Simons are currently ahead by a catwalk mile. Ok, it helps that they are being worn by nominated actors Marion Cotillard and Jennifer Lawrence, but there is some stylistic mischief at work here too.

At January's SAG awards the young Silver Linings Playbook actor Jennifer Lawrence, 22, had a much publicised "mishap" when she stood up to accept the best actress gong and her dress seemingly split in half.

"Major wardrobe malfunction!" crowed Perez Hilton, in response to part of the the Dior haute-couture gown apparently sliding down Lawrence's legs. Only it wasn't a mishap, because the dress comes in two parts, or as Dior would »

- Melanie Rickey

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