Zendaya’s Oscar Look Represents the Past, Present, and Future of the Oscars

The Oscars are an amazing opportunity for iconic fashion, and when done correctly, can make fascinating artistic statements. This year, one of the main examples of this was Zendaya, whose outfit referenced Oscar fashion history while still being relevant and interesting to current pop culture.

Zendaya wore a Valentino white button-up that was cut into a crop top, a long shimmery silver skirt that trailed behind her, silver coiled bracelets and rings, silver nails, a silver neck piece, and had her hair up in a style similar to a bun. She was styled by Law Roach, and despite having extensive resources, Zendaya did her own makeup for the award show.

Zendaya’s look is very similar to actress Sharon Stone’s at the 1998 Oscars. Sharon Stone had a beautiful Vera Wang silver skirt matched with one of her husband’s white button-ups from GAP. This style for Stone started as an accident when at the 1998 Oscars her designer shirt wasn’t available so she wore a GAP turtleneck. This look is now viewed as one of the most iconic Oscar looks of all time.

Although Sharon Stone’s outfit and the idea behind it seems normal now with actors like Timothée Chalamet wearing sweatpants and converse to the Met Gala, in the 90s this was not a common fashion statement. This outfit inspired many future designers like Law Roach.

Zendaya’s outfit not only has fashion history in mind. Her cropped button-up is very similar to other current styles from other designers. The idea of reinventing the normal button-up was extremely popular with other attendees, such as Timothée Chalamet and Kristen Stewart.

Zendaya has worn many iconic outfits in her career and has been very successful in her TV and movie projects. Judging by her current work in “Spider-Man: No Way Home” and “Euphoria,” that fact will continue to hold true at next year’s red carpets and award shows.