Wellingtonians chose local frocks for Oscars :
The Dom Post. Kerry McBride, 21/02/12
How do you choose a dress to wear to the biggest night on the Hollywood calendar?
If you are a Wellingtonian, it pays to keep it local.
Four Wellington-based visual effects artists have been Oscar nominated for their work on Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and will be flying to Los Angeles this weekend for the big night.
Weta Digital's Daniel Barrett, R. Christopher White, Joe Letteri and Dan Lemmon will be accompanied by their wives to the big night, which made for some interesting wardrobe challenges.
But Daniel Barrett's wife Jana knew just where to turn for the perfect Oscar ensemble, getting a dress custom made by Wellington designer Sophie Voon.
"We knew about the nomination a few weeks before it was formally announced, so I started putting my feelers out to find the perfect dress.
"I tried on this Voon dress very early on and just kept coming back to it over and over again. It's perfect."
Jennifer Bloomfield, wife of R. Christopher White, will also be wearing Voon, while the men of Weta Digital will be in tuxedos from local brands.
As well as the Weta Digital contingent, musician Bret McKenzie and his wife Hannah Clarke will also be making the trip down the red carpet. They have already departed for the United States.
McKenzie's mother Deirdre Tarrant said Ms Clarke would be wearing a Zambesi design.
"It's a big decision, but Hannah very much wanted to support a New Zealand designer with her dress choice."
Despite the excitement of dressing up for the big occasion, the most exciting thing about going to the Oscars was seeing her husband recognised for his work, Mrs Barrett said.
"It really is a once in a lifetime kind of thing, and Dan has worked so hard to get there.
"I think it is going to be a truly unreal experience to be at the Oscars. We get to stop being mum and dad for a night and can instead be just that little bit glamourous."