Amy Adams in Frocktalk by Kristin Burke at the 2014 Costume Designers Guild Awards

Posted on February 24, 2014

This is a pretty darn cute look for her. It plays to all her strengths and preferences:

Amy Adams attends the 2014 Costume Designers Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California in a Frocktalk by Kristin Burke teal long-sleeve dress with floral embroidery.

Kristin Burke is a costume designer so we wouldn’t be surprised if this was made just for Amy. Like we said, it checks off all her boxes. She likes retro-’40s and she likes rich colors. She likes a structured shoulder, an open back, and column skirts. Our only issue is that the bodice looks a bit overdesigned. Too many pleats and flowers. Still, it just goes to show that sometimes a lady is better off having a dress made for her, rather than trying to buy one to suit her needs. Miss Amy’s had some trouble with the designer stuff in the past. This looks like her dream dress. She sure loves posing in it.




[Photo Credit: Peter West/ACE/,]

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  • DianaKat

    I see the 1940’s are back!

  • NMMagpie

    That detail on the bodice is driving me nuts. It would be much cleaner without it.

    • alyce1213

      It’s making me twitch. I can’t even figure out what it’s supposed to be — little frog closures, tabs? Why?

    • Janet B

      I’m wondering what inspired those button things.

    • AnneElliot

      They look like little tiny bows to me. They are distracting and I want to snip them off. Too much going on in front!

      • NMMagpie

        I agree. And, I love your screen name! Anne Elliot is one of my favorite Austen heroines!

  • @Biting Panda

    I really love this. Is that raw silk? I agree with all of the TLo pros and cons. My only real complaint is her makeup. That chunk of blush on her cheeks is done poorly to the point of distraction. However, she must have employed the standing limo, because there is not a sitting wrinkle to be seen, and that is incredibly impressive. Overall, I’d have to call this an AA personal best.

    • YoungSally

      It’s too drapey for what I consider raw silk — probably a four-ply crepe given what looks like a pretty heavy hand.

  • RussellH88

    The bodice is a bit too busy, but I like it.

  • jilly_d

    I don’t know, guys. I kind of hate this. And by “kind of” I mean “really”. The color is the saving grace, and the head looks great. Unfortunately I find every design detail – the weird shaped neckline, the button fuckery, the embroidery, the 80’s waistband – to be absolutely ugly. Good try Amy, still love you girl.

    • jilly_d

      Ack I just scrolled back up and realized I forgot those strange puckering seams. no no no.

    • @Biting Panda

      Well, I liked it. Then you said “button fuckery” so of course, I now must reconsider. Because science.

      • jilly_d

        It’s a technical term.

      • Danielle

        BUTTON FUCKERY. That’s going to be my drag name.

        • Jacob Bowen


    • gabbilevy

      This absolutely read 80s to me, too, not 40s. Maybe it’s the color. Or the shiny. Either way, no.

    • Cheryl

      Button fuckery! I learn the best damn phrases and expressions on this site. It’s the Rosetta Stone for speaking fashion.

    • BrooklynBomber

      I’m with you. Awful.

  • YoungSally

    Edelweiss — Edelweiss….

  • Vickiefantastico

    I saw that the newest post was Amy Adams, and I got on here to bitch about the fact that I’m SO SO tired of seeing her due to the Oscars pole dance, but I’m stopping in my tracks. I can’t hate. This is gorgeous.

  • 40s via 80s via today. Not a fan. But she does look very happy and sexy-feeling. So that’s awesome.

  • Lilithcat

    I dunno. For some reason, the material maybe, that dress looks cheap.

  • Judy_S

    A phrase I learned from comic books in the 1950s.
    Amy is a “Draw Me” girl.

    • ballerinawithagun

      Lose quote: I’m not a bad girl, I’m just drawn that way.

    • 3boysful

      With Jessica Rabbit hair.

  • Lovely Rita

    I love it. The color is gorgeous on her and she looks happy and comfortable. Not comfortable in the pajama sense, but like she’s confident in that she looks like she likes what she’s wearing and doesn’t have uncomfortable look that celebs sometimes get when they don’t. I think the retro 40s/80s thing works on her and I like the embroidery. If you check out @frocktalk, Kristin says she did indeed design the dress for Amy specifically. It was built by Eddie Marks and Nancy Arroyo at Western Costume, and embroidered by Gabriel at House of Embroidery.

    • littlemac8

      Love the facts, Lovely Rita! Thanks!

      • Lovely Rita

        You’re welcome! If you check out her twitter feed there are also some nice close-ups of the embroidery, which is cool. 🙂

  • marlie

    Welcome back, 40’s Amy! This is a gorgeous color and shape for her. The bodice is a little fussy, but I like it anyway.

    • conniemd

      Exactly. The fussy bodice detracts a little, but the material (no wrinkles) drapes beautifully and shapes her body and the color is spot on for her. Redheads and teal ohh la la

  • luludexter

    This color is gorgeous on her. I agree that the bodice is overdesigned and I don’t think those pleats above the waist look flattering at all. Otherwise this is a great look for her.

  • decormaven

    Something about the fit in the bodice bugs, but the color is gorgeous on her.

  • Imasewsure

    I can see why she would love it but I think it’s boring. Probably looks better in person

  • Glam Dixie

    That belt needs to be rethought. Something different needs to be happening there and I might be able to overlook the other bits but all of those other things WITH the wide belt is all a bridge too far.

    • kimmeister

      It’s shaped similar to a weight lifting belt, and then the embroidery comes off like a weirdly high belly chain. No me gusta.

  • Sam Smith

    I like the color, the shape and the flowers, would be happy to get rid of the other doo-dads and the pleating.

  • a_liking

    so rarely do I have such a strong negative reaction to a dress…. this one really bugs. the bodice is too loose for the slim skirt, all the detailing is overdone, and it just looks sloppy to me.

  • muelonil

    I love everything about this dress in concept…the color, the embroidery, the shape…but something about it is off to me and I think it’s partly due to the darts in front, and possibly the fabric is contributing, too?

  • I am a sucker for a blossom – and those flowers look much like one of my tattoos so I am in favour! The slit is a little high and I don’t like the frog closure bits, but overall this is a win, I think.

  • Jessica Freeman

    I love everything but the sleeves.

  • bellafigura1

    It’s too big up top.

  • B_C_J

    While the bodice has a few too many embellishments (frogs, darts embroidery) overall she looks lovely. The color is divine on her.

  • The blush is rough but that saturated teal suits her, really brings out the color of her eyes and hair. The column shape she favors in skirts does nothing for her, and that boxy cutout at the back is awkward to my eyes. She looks fine, but if she’s angling for an Oscar this ain’t gonna cut the mustard.

  • ballerinawithagun

    There are things that I would change on the dress but teal eyes, Wow!!!

  • Christin Pardy-Nosenchuk

    ugh. NO.

  • lamamu

    Other than the color, nothing about this dress flatters her. The bodice makes her torso look boxy. And the fabric looks cheap in some pictures. Too bad.

  • Bill Curtis

    To me, it has drag queen written all over it. Those open backs are kind to broad backs and wide shoulders (provided the waxing is done). And it looks to me like it was meant for a bigger bustline. I think she should send it over to the gals at RuPaul’s Drag Race and try again.

    • demidaemon

      You are right. This would look great on the right drag queen. On a real woman, it does weird things to the body with the strange shapes in the bodice.

  • Yolanda13

    I love the color. That’s it. I cannot with this dress. The button fuckery, the Edelweiss embroidery, the fabric in general and the stupid platform shoes. Glad she got this dress out of the way before Sunday’s Oscar red carpet. Love her hair though.

  • bertkeeter


  • filmcricket

    I really dislike the little darts (pleats?) above the sash, but otherwise I’m on board. The colour is gorgeous.

  • Sarah

    Color is great for her but it is reminding me of a semi-formal dressing gown my (also ginger) mother used to wear at holiday family breakfasts. I mean, it didn’t have an open back, but it DID have the embroidered flowers, the frogs, and the teal, so it’s pretty dang close.

  • MilaXX

    Maybe it’s the flower detail. Despite the open back there’s something about this dress that feels a bit matronly. Gorgeous color and her hair & makeup are great, but I’m not loving this.

  • KinoEye

    She certainly knows what colors work best for redheads. But like others here have said, it does come off a bit mother of the bride. Something about the fabric gives the appearances of stiffness. Her head is gorgeous, though.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    The color really brings out her eyes and is gorgeous on her. But those pleats coming up from the waistband make it look like she doesn’t quite fill out the dress. The view from the back is sensational though.

  • Ashleigh

    It looks too big/loose under the boobs…

  • ashtangajunkie

    I don’t love this as much as I want to. The flowers are pretty, but something about the top is off to me.

  • PeaceBang

    I feel the pain of disagreeing yet again with the Uncles about AA, but I hate this. I hate the bodice a lot. I hate the little flowers. It’s like Maria Von Trapp meets Rita Hayworth. It only looks okay when she’s standing still. And her blush is so wrong.

  • E. D.

    Don’t like the color or the buttons. This would have been great in a forest green without the buttons.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Like the color and style. It really does suit Adams, and she’s obviously loving it, so it gets a thumb’s up from moi.

  • LaPiquante

    It’s by Kristin M. Burke. That’s what the label says. And they’re almond blossoms. The designer is from Chico, CA, and it’s almond blossom season there, so she chose to add them to Amy’s dress. I adore it!

  • GeoDiva

    I know that I am in the minority, but I don’t like this. It’s boring and I’ve seen this before on her.

  • AnneElliot

    To me, there’s a little too much skin showing — open back, low neck, high slit — it’s too much. Pick two, but not three. (It’s like Heidi’s trifecta of short, tight, and shiny). Or am I being overly picky?

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    Work that Rita Hayworth glam, Amy!

  • Une femme

    Matches her eyes *exactly.* But it works.

  • quiltrx

    Love this dress, it’s perfect for her, especially the color. And her hair looks fantastic.

  • kategs

    I just saw “Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day” and this is exactly the style dress she wore. She was so wonderful in that. And this color does things for her eyes that is amazing!

  • FancyPhilly

    I looked at this post right after the RuPaul Drag Race one and my first thought was: “She is not wearing ANY makeup.”

  • demidaemon

    Not loving the details around the waist. Weirdly unflattering.

  • omg_dora

    Yay! An actual smile! With teeth!

  • Rachel Sawyer

    I think this is Krystle Carrington’s dress. All she needs is for Alexis to come along and knock her in the lily pond. Don’t like on Amy. Or anyone in this century.

  • Qitkat


  • Alyssa

    This color is amazing on her. I agree with the BKs, the bodice is fussy and has a detail or two too many, but she looks radiant.

  • Juanita I. Schmidhammer

    Looks to me like it’s oriental-inspired. Look at the button detail on the bust, the cherry blossom embroidery and the sleek silhouette. Bit fussy but I like it and she looks like she loves it.