Valentino said on Instagram that the chiffon dress was custom designed by its creative director, Pierpaolo Piccioli, and took artisans 300 hours to produce. The Italian label also revealed that the gown has its own name: Force de beauté.
Zendaya arrives at the Oscars red carpet on Sunday evening. Credit: Chris Pizzello/AP
Zendaya arrived at the in-person event wearing a yellow mask that matched the hue of her dress. But with attendees not required to wear masks on camera, the “Malcolm & Marie” star removed it for the red carpet and televised ceremony, which was held at Union Station in Los Angeles.
The strapless gown featured a cutout detail that revealed the actor’s midriff — a recurring trend on this year’s red carpet, with Best Actress nominees Andra Day, Vanessa Kirby and Carey Mulligan all opting for variations on the style.
In a series of behind-the-scenes videos on Instagram, Zendaya’s stylist Law Roach said the look was an homage to singer and actress Cher, who wore a similar gown on her eponymous TV show in the mid-1970s. Roach called Cher a “constant inspiration,” before revealing that the Valentino dress also glows in the dark.
Zendaya accessorized with a gold vintage Balmain clutch, towering Jimmy Choo heels, two stacked diamond collars, matching earrings and a pair of rings.
The dress took artisans 300 hours to produce. Credit: Matt Sayles/A.M.P.A.S./Getty Images
Zendaya has worked with Roach since her days as a Disney Channel star. The stylist masterminded many of her most notable looks, from her 2018 Versace Joan of Arc-inspired gown to the emerald dress she wore to the Elle Awards in 2019.