The 24-year-old actress wore a radiant cutout dress that hugged her body before sweeping down into a dramatic train as she flaunted $6 million worth of diamonds.
She certainly knows how to make an entrance.
The chiffon gown was custom crafted by Valentino’s creative director, Pierpaolo Piccioli, and took artisans 300 hours to create, according to the brand’s Instagram account. The gown has its own name, according to the Italian label: Force de beauté. Zendaya wore a yellow strapless gown with a sweetheart neckline, a cutout across her stomach, and ruched fabric around her waist.
Zendaya’s stylist Law Roach said in a series of behind-the-scenes videos on Instagram that the look was inspired by singer and actress Cher, who wore a similar gown on her eponymous TV show in the mid-1970s. Cher is a “constant inspiration,” according to Roach, who also revealed that the Valentino gown glows in the dark.
The Euphoria actress was decked out in Bulgari jewels, including 183 carats of yellow diamonds from the label’s latest Magnifica range.
‘The Bulgari jewelry elevates the look to a level we hadn’t expected,’ Roach told PEOPLE magazine. ‘The jewelry is the focal point of the ensemble. It has a cool, modern, youthful vibe to it, and it’s very lovely.’
A 30-carat yellow diamond ring, brooch and tassel collar necklace, pear-cut diamond earrings, and an emerald-cut diamond ring were among her treasures.
Roach defined her Oscars look as “a very glamorous, boho chic look,” saying, “She’s a fashion girl, and after so many looks together, we have this unquestionable confidence.” We enjoy having fun with fashion and creating looks that people will remember.’
On Instagram, he paid homage to a ‘constant inspiration,’ sharing a picture of Cher, the iconic performer, clad in a bright yellow ensemble similar to Zendaya’s.
Sheika Daley, Zendaya’s makeup artist, went for a boho look too though, stating that she focused on ‘clean, fresh skin’ for the evening.
The red carpet was close to last year’s, but there were even fewer participants and social distancing constraints in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which limited attendance to just 170 people this year instead of the usual 3,000.
This is the first time in over a year that Tinseltown’s elite have gathered for a three-hour show that co-producer Steven Soderbergh has characterized as “like a movie.”