03/28/2008 02:46 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Behind The Scenes Of Oscar Dressing

In the traditional pecking order of Hollywood, a fashion publicist would rank only a notch or two above the television commentators, makeup artists, hair stylists, tuxedo designers and spray-on-tan technicians who descend on the city during the week leading up to the Academy Awards -- a mobile sales force of manicured Willy Lomans holed up in suites at the Raffles L'Ermitage. As many as 80 publicists are here representing blue chip designers, all competing for a shot to dress a Cate Blanchett or a Hilary Swank in a Valentino, Armani, Gucci or Calvin Klein dress.

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