UMA THURMAN set out to be crowned the worst-dressed celebrity at the OSCARS this year (04) - because she's sick of looking just like her peers.

The usually-stylish star became an object of ridicule when she took to the red carpet at the Academy Awards in an outlandish, billowing CHRISTIAN LACROIX evening gown, but Thurman knew she'd be criticised for her choice.

She says, "The dress didn't do that thing that people are in the mood for, which is what most people had.

"We've gotten so savvy with stylists that it's like a kind of warfare of defensive dressing out there. Everyone looked the same. Everyone had it down to such a perfect tee in their spaghetti-strapped, sequined or chiffon, body-hugging, gym-hour promoting things.

"You get bored. That's when you have to say, 'I will be worst dressed.

"I'm glad it was me they panned. I think I deserve it, and I can take it. I need a good panning every so often or I wouldn't really recognise my life."

29/04/2004 02:32