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Miley Cyrus and the meaning of red carpet clothes

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Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic Booth Moore was pretty impressed when she saw what Miley Cyrus wore to the People's Choice Awards earlier this month.

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The knee-length dress from British designer David Koma's spring collection was a fashion star that telegraphed, "Look at me; I'm grown up and sophisticated."

"For the first time, she came across less as a trash-talking, peace sign-flashing teen and more as a sophisticated, well-dressed, refined young woman," Moore writes, in an examination of why a dress worn on the red carpet is more than just a dress.

This fashion coup could have a lasting effect on Cyrus' career. What a star or starlet wears on the red carpet can help promote a film, create a memorable persona or fade into the background.

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Photo: Singer and actress Miley Cyrus arrives at the 2012 People's Choice Awards in January. Credit: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images for PCA

 
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