LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 05: Zendaya attends HBO’s “Euphoria” Season 2 Photo Call at Goya Studios on January 05, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for HBO)

“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 USA has curated a list of Zendaya’s top vintage fashion moments.

Zendaya in Balmain Couture 1956

Posing for a portrait captured by Dominic Miller at the 2022 NAACP Image Awards, Zendaya is a regal Old Hollywood starlet in this 1956 Balmain Couture gown. Of course, styled by Roach, the actress and her trusty stylist were given the freedom to dip into the French fashion house’s lavish archives by Balmain’s creative director Olivier Rousteing. Designed by the luxury label’s founding father Pierre Balmain, the house took to Instagram to say, Zendaya “embodies mid-century romance” and “casts a glittering spotlight on the house’s sumptuous savoir-faire and Pierre Balmain’s historic ‘New French Style.'”

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Zendaya in Valentino Spring/Summer 1992

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 05: Zendaya attends HBO’s “Euphoria” Season 2 Photo Call at Goya Studios on January 05, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images for HBO)

For Euphoria‘s season 2 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 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.

FRANCE – OCTOBER 01: Fashion: ready to wear spring -summer 1992 in Paris, France in October, 1991 – Valentino. (Photo by Daniel SIMON/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

Zendaya in Roberto Cavalli Fall/Winter 2000

PARIS, FRANCE – NOVEMBER 29: Actress Zendaya attends the Ballon D’Or photocall at Theatre du Chatelet on November 29, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/WireImage)

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.

PARIS, FRANCE – NOVEMBER 29: Actress Zendaya, dress detail, attends the Ballon D’Or photocall at Theatre du Chatelet on November 29, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/WireImage)

Zendaya in Versace Spring/Summer 2003

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Attending the 21st Annual BET Awards this summer, Zendaya paid tribute to none other than Queen Bey herself. Clad in a royal purple chiffon cutout 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.

Beyonce Performs (Photo by Steve Grayson/WireImage for BET Entertainment)

Zendaya in Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture 1982

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 22: In this image released on April 22, 2021, Zendaya attends ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for ESSENCE)

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, 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.


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Zendaya in 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.