By  on March 1, 2005

NEW YORK — David Meister used the Oscars as a springboard for his new collection of gowns.

Twice a year, the designer will unveil 20 or so pieces for celebrities to wear to awards shows, black-tie affairs and other glitzy events. Based in Los Angeles, Meister really worked the red carpet this year.

His evening gowns debuted at “Red Carpet ’05,” an event where celebrities and stylists could order dresses or land a freebie provided the actresses wore them on Oscar night.

Madonna’s brother, Christopher Ciccone, designed Meister’s suite for Red Carpet ’05, which was held last week at the Pacific Design Center. Mischa Barton and Angela Bassett were among the celebrities who stopped by to see the collection, a David Meister spokeswoman said. Meister dressed three red-carpet commentators on the E network and appeared on the network Sunday during its preshow coverage.

A one-shoulder black dress with a multitiered skirt, a metallic gown with a plunging neckline and a strapless red gown with a long train were offered in his first collection, which retails from $1,500 to $5,000. Meister has built a name for himself for his $300 to $500 eveningwear, $140 to $900 sportswear and $250 to $400 daytime dresses.

The designer also showed off his latest line to Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie and Eva Longoria of “Desperate Housewives” at Silver Spoons, another pre-Oscars designer-stocked shopping bonanza for celebrities.

The idea for the made-to-measure collection, which is now being shown in his New York collection, stemmed from the numerous inquiries he received after dressing Alek Wek for last year’s Council of Fashion Designers of America gala, Meister said.

“This is another avenue to get us out there,” Meister said. “In terms of getting the right dress on the right person, the advertising and brand awareness is just enormous.”

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