Regina King’s Oscars dress took 140 hours to make and featured thousands of Swarovski crystals

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Regina King attends the 93rd Annual Academy Awards. Photographed by Chris Pizzello-Pool
Regina King attends the 93rd Annual Academy Awards. Photographed by Chris Pizzello-Pool
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The actress turned heads as she opened the ceremony in a stunning pale blue duchess satin flared gown, and the custom creation took over 140 hours to make, with 62 000 sequins, 3 900 pale sparkling stones and more 4 500 in a darker hue as well as 80 metres of chain stitching, giving the outfit its sparkle.

After collaborating with the fashion house’s creative director Nicolas Ghesquière on Regina’s asymmetrical gown at the Golden Globes, her stylists Wayman Bannerman and Micah McDonald knew they wanted to call on him again for the final event of this year’s awards season.

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“He’s committed to bringing high fashion in its truest sense to the carpet. He doesn’t just design an awards season dress. He gives you his unique interpretation of what that can be. I love the consistency that he brings and attention to detail—the gowns are just as beautiful on the inside as they are outside. We wanted to keep that element of fantasy. For Regina, this is a new move in terms of the look’s architecture and silhouette,” Wayman says.

The ‘One Night in Miami’ filmmaker has caused a stir on the red carpet throughout awards season, including with the Christopher John Rogers gown at the CDGA celebrations, and her stylists were determined to go out with a bang. “We always try to tell a full story. So we had to make sure that the finale was a proper ending to a beautiful season,” Micah told Vogue.

“All of Regina’s looks this season were conversational; they’re designed to evoke a reaction in the audience watching,” Wayman adds.

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