When Viola Davis was making ready for her return to an IRL crimson carpet forward of yesterday’s Oscars, she knew the event would require a contact of one thing further. (And given the star’s ever-impressive model nous, that may imply going actually above and past.) While Davis has continued to dazzle all through awards season together with her love for daring prints blended with basic, Old Hollywood silhouettes—in addition to a notable emphasis on sporting Black-owned manufacturers akin to Duro Olowu and Xuly.Bët—she’s solely been in a position to put on them within the consolation of her own residence to this point, given the restrictions round public gatherings that led to most ceremonies happening remotely.
Thankfully, Davis’s long-time stylist Elizabeth Stewart was available to assist strategize—and the pair rapidly turned their consideration to a model that Davis had lengthy wished to put on for a significant crimson carpet occasion. “Viola and I often talked about an Alexander McQueen dream dress for an award show,” says Stewart. “We were just waiting for the right moment to ask!” While Stewart had labored with the home’s artistic director, Sarah Burton—who she describes as “part designer, part magical fairy”—on attire for a lot of of her different shoppers, it was the primary time they’d collaborated on a robe for Davis.