The Oscars can be a defining moment in a designer's career - remember Valentino counts Julia Roberts wearing one of his gowns to pick up her Academy Award as a career highlight. But Tom Ford is less enamoured with the Oscars circus as he said on Jimmy Kimmel: 'What's worn on the red carpet has nothing to do with what's going on in contemporary fashion. It's a bubble of 1950s Barbie clothes. It's quite different to what real people are really wearing.'
Dressed in miniature couture-like outfits, it was a collection of 1950s Barbie dolls that first sparked Mandy Nichols' passion for beautifully crafted clothes.