“Vintage! So adorable.” Either fresh off the runway or older than Zendaya herself, the Emmy Award-winning actress never ceases to make a strong style statement in her red-carpet ensembles. Replete with meaning, each of her archival fashion moments recall a significant moment in fashion history.
With the help of her long-time stylist Law Roach, the pair consistently pulls beautifully curated ensembles from the past. The “image architect” has always been a vintage connoisseur, having previously owned the Deliciously Vintage boutiques in his native Chicago and in Harlem. With many of Zendaya’s archival style moments having been pulled from Roach’s vast and bountiful personal archives, including the past works of Bob Mackie and Yves Saint Laurent, the two are working together to create a considerable collection of Zendaya’s past looks to preserve for the future.
Either paying homage to the creator of the Ebony Fashion Fair Eunice Johnson at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards or referencing an iconic Beyoncé moment from her 2003 BET performance at the 2021 BET Awards, Zendaya’s sartorial tributes are always rife with historical significance.
Here, GRAZIA has curated a list of Zendaya’s top five vintage fashion moments.
Valentino Spring/Summer 1992
For Euphoria‘s season two red carpet premiere, leading lady Zendaya crushed the competition in a sculpted vintage Valentino Spring/Summer 1992 black and white graphic striped strapless gown. With Law Roach’s inimitable flair for pulling just the right archival fashion pieces, Zendaya proved to be an absolute vision. With her new auburn locks, the entirety of her look seemed to be an homage to the 1990s supermodel Linda Evangelista, who originally debuted the gown on the runway in 1991.
Roberto Cavalli Fall/Winter 2000
With many theorizing that Zendaya was attempting to emulate each of Spider-Man’s greatest villains during the Spider-Man: No Way Home press tour, her incredibly avant-garde vintage piece for the Ballon d’Or ceremony was thought to have represented Dr. Octopus. Zendaya’s Fall/Winter 2000 Roberto Cavalli gown put an artful twist on the classic column LBD.
Versace Spring/Summer 2003
Attending the 21st Annual BET Awards this summer, Zendaya paid tribute to nonother than Queen Bey herself. Clad in a royal purple chiffon cut-out gown with lime green and fuchsia accents from Donatella Versace’s Spring/Summer 2003 presentation, the frock was previously worn by Beyoncé during her 2003 Crazy in Love performance at the very same Awards ceremony in 2003.
Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture 1982
For Essence‘s 2021 Black Women in Hollywood Awards, Zendaya and Law Roach rightfully paid tribute to the acclaimed businesswoman and creator of the Ebony Fashion Fair, Eunice W. Johnson. Previously owned by the pioneering woman, Law Roach pulled this Yves Saint Laurent silk periwinkle puff-sleeve two-piece gown from the brand’s 1982 Haute Couture collection from his personal archive.
Versace Fall/Winter 1996
For the 2020 Green Carpet Fashion Awards virtual ceremony celebrating eco-conscious fashion, Zendaya appropriately opted for a vintage Versace confection to champion sustainability. Appearing via hologram for the digital event, Zendaya was granted the Visionary Award in a slinky chocolate Gianni Versace Fall/Winter 1996 beaded silk gown. Choosing a gown created the year of Zendaya’s birth, Donatella Versace was happy to open the Versace archives for the young actress. With similar iterations adorned by 1990s supermodels Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, and Anna Klevhag, Zendaya’s gown was as rich in fashion history as it is in luxe glamor.