Zendaya Kicks Off the 2020 Emmys in a Gorgeous Plunging Dress — and Promises Outfit Changes!
The actress is nominated for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for her role in Euphoria
Even though the award show didn't host a red carpet for the first time in its 72-year history because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Euphoria star, 24, got all dressed up and showed off her look from home.
Zendaya teamed up with her close friend and "image architect" Law Roach to create her Emmys fashion moment: a plunging Christopher John Rogers dress featuring a royal purple taffeta skirt complete with a chic, built-in cummerbund. She accessorized the look with glittering Bulgari jewels and Christian Louboutin crystal-embellished heart pumps.
Law took to Instagram to share a video of Zendaya twirling in her look as the actress revealed on her feed that it's only "look one" of the evening. That's right — we have outfit changes to look forward to.
Christopher John Rogers also shared the video on his feed, calling Zendaya his "muse."
The designer took home the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award in 2019, and his couture creations are highly sought-after in Hollywood.
Zendaya made an outfit change halfway through the show, which she debuted when she won the Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a drama series. Just as glam as her first look, the actress switched into a custom Giorgio Armani Privé black matte weave skirt with powder-pink polka dots, paired with a black velvet bandeau top fully embroidered in pearls and crystals. She accessorized with Bulgari jewels.
"I do want to dress up. I still want to have the experience,” Zendaya — who's up against Laura Linney, Jennifer Aniston, Olivia Colman, Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh in the outstanding lead actress in a drama series category — said. “It’ll be probably just my family over here, but I definitely want to pull a look and maybe just walk my living room carpet.”
In July, Variety reported that the award show's executive producers and host Jimmy Kimmel sent out a letter informing nominees that the highly anticipated event will be virtual due to the pandemic and explained that this year's dress code is not its standard black tie affair.
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"Our informal theme for the night is 'come as you are, but make an effort," the statement read. "If you want to be in formal wear, we’d love that, but equally if you’re in the UK and it’s 3am, perhaps you want to be in designer pajamas and record from your bed! We want to work with you to style your moments, but want you to guide us on your levels of comfort – where you want to be, who you want to be with, what you want to wear etc."
The 72nd Emmy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, are airing live on ABC from 8-11 p.m. ET.