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How tight is too tight?

An outfit too tight makes Joan Collins pass out at the Oscars. Experts warn against comfort-killing style.
Hindustan Times | By Roma Arora, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2011 01:15 AM IST

It’s perhaps the worst fashion faux pas. Veteran actor Joan Collins, 77, felt so breathless in her tight dress at the Oscars after-party that she had to be rushed to the hospital straight from the celebrations. The actor, who almost passed out at the star-studded ceremony, blamed her stiff dress for the mishap.

There are rumours that those who attended the party felt that the actor looked as if she had squeezed herself in a dress that was two sizes small.

However, Collins is not alone when it comes to tight-dress disasters. Bollywood divas have also been in a similar spot.

Experts reason that innerwear is very important when it comes to dressing comfortably. “To look thin, celebs wear body shapers that suck the stomach in and restrict breathing, making you feel dizzy,” says designer Rina Dhaka. “At least two trials of the dress are very essential before any big event, but many celebs tend to skip it,” adds Rajat Tangri, Bollywood stylist. Designer Anupama Dayal says,”Any dress that is even one inch tight or loose can be a disaster on the red carpet. At such important events, it’s a bad idea to wear a dress that is uncomfortable or restricts your movements.”

Designer Chandrani Singh Flora adds, “The thumb rule for wearing any dress on important functions is to try it on beforehand, and wear it for at least half an hour before that big day. If it is a stretch outfit, it is still okay, but in fabrics like heavy silk, you need to have at least an inch of breathing space. Designer Falguni Peacock cautions against corset dresses: “Go for extremely tight dresses only if you are ready to risk fainting and feeling dizzy throughout the evening. The corset dress can be the worst culprit, as it affects the breathing process. Also, you should never wear a dress that is more than half a size smaller than yours.

Desi divas recall their disasters

Dia Mirza
“At the music launch of Acid Factory in 2009, my dress was so tight and short that I couldn’t sit in it. I remained standing throughout the evening while everyone else was seated.”

Yana Gupta
“I once wore a very tight lehenga. It got very itchy after a while. I had scratches all over my body. It was then that I realised that you have to choose comfort over style.”

Minissha Lamba
“There have been innumerable instances when I have worn really tight clothes. I was unable to even sit and eat properly. I had to keep standing. But, if you look smashing, these things don’t matter.”

Mini Mathur
“During the finale of a TV show that was being recorded live, my dress was so tight that I could feel the zip tearing apart. But I held on to it with sheer will power. As soon as we went in to the break, I got it fixed.”

Joan’s fashion blunder
Collins was rushed into an ambulance from the Vanity Fair Oscars party on Sunday night at 10pm, as her body-clinching lavender gown left her feeling dizzy. She was quoted as saying, “The truth was, I made the wrong decision to wear a very tight dress, and had something rather like a Victorian swoon. The good news is, I’m in good health and feel fine now.”

Stylist Rajat Tangri says, “Collins’ waist-cinch dress is inappropriate for her frame. One must keep in mind that at a party, you have to walk, sit and dance, too.”

With inputs by Navdeep Marwah

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