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Magnificent Evening Gowns

Magnificent Marchesa collection features evening gowns fit for a queen — or an Oscar contender

Marchesa collection features magnificent evening gowns fit for a queen

Marchesa fall 2016 runway show look 31
Marchesa royal blue organza A-line gown with antique gold 3D floral embroidery. Photo by FirstVIEW
Marchesa fall 2016 runway show look 6
Marchesa red to black ombre ball gown with halter neck, laser-cut organza flowers and tiered ombre tulle shirt. Photo by FirstVIEW
Marchesa fall 2016 runway show
Marchesa gunmetal, black diamond, opal crystal and pearl-jeweled necklace ball gown with cascading tulle skirt. Photo by FirstVIEW
Marchesa fall 2016 runway show look 4
Marchesa nude tulle off-the-shoulder column gown with flutter sleeves with red and gold feather embroidery. Photo by FirstVIEW
Marchesa fall 2016 runway show look 25
Marchesa nude tulle ball gown with raspberry pink and emerald 3D encrusted floral embroidery and removable rose satin-faced organza drape. Photo by FirstVIEW
Marchesa fall 2016 runway show look 24
Marchesa gold and nude tulle A-line gown with 3D floral embroidery, bugle beaded fringe bodie and lace detail fringe skirt. Photo by FirstVIEW
Marchesa designers Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman
Marchesa designers Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman. Photo by FirstVIEW
Marchesa fall 2016 runway show look 8
Marchesa gunmetal and black diamond jeweled necklace column gown with plunging V-neck and ombre bugle bead tiered fringe skirt. Photo by FirstVIEW
Marchesa fall 2016 runway show look 5
Marchesa black and amethyst A-line gown with black floral embroidery, laser-cut amethyst ombre flowers and pleated tulle skirt. Photo by FirstVIEW
Marchesa fall 2016 runway show look 11
Marchesa amethyst to lilac ombre fringe cocktail dress with laser-cut flowers and amethyst floral beading. Photo by FirstVIEW
Marchesa fall 2016 runway show look 31
Marchesa fall 2016 runway show look 6
Marchesa fall 2016 runway show
Marchesa fall 2016 runway show look 4
Marchesa fall 2016 runway show look 25
Marchesa fall 2016 runway show look 24
Marchesa designers Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman
Marchesa fall 2016 runway show look 8
Marchesa fall 2016 runway show look 5
Marchesa fall 2016 runway show look 11

Long known for creating breathtakingly beautiful evening gowns,  Marchesa designers Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman surpassed their own lofty standards with a dazzling fall collection based on the storied paintings of renowned artist John Singer Sargent.

Unveiling the collection at Skylight Moynihan Station during New York Fashion Week, they aimed to have each of their 36 models look like a queenly Sargent portrait — one even sported a tiara with her royal blue organza gown embroidered in gold 3D florals, looking like a young Queen Elizabeth.

The frothy collection of cocktail dresses and evening gowns, which will be available at Elizabeth Anthony, features cascading golden lace, majestic bugle beading and jeweled necklines with rich brocade-like golden threadwork. The bodice of a few gowns resembles a jewelry collection with strands of black diamonds, opal crystals and pearls.

Also inspired by Highgrove Gardens in London, the British designers incorporated hand-embroidered 3D florals, laser-cut organza flowers and marabou feathers dipped in duck egg blues into their designs. Just as embellished are the shoes emblazoned with hand-carved floral buckles and antique gold Chantilly lace from the designers' fall collection.

Although some over-the-top gowns have an excessive Marie Antoinette quality, it's special occasion dressing at its best — and it won't be surprising if some of the glorious looks show up on the red carpet at Sunday's Oscars.