The 2019 Best Supporting Actress winner dazzled in a custom Louis Vuitton creation

By Colleen Kratofil and Jackie Fields
April 25, 2021 08:59 PM
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Regina King has brought high-shine glamour all awards season — first with a shimmering Louis Vuitton gown at the Golden Globes, then with a sequin-embellished Versace dress at the Critics Choice — and capped it all off at the 2021 Academy Awards in yet another statement-making, super-glam creation.

The actress and director, 50, arrived at the red carpet in a custom duchess satin Louis Vuitton curve-hugging gown with exaggerated shoulders and neckline, all-over crystal embroidery and scalloped hem. Below: a behind-the-scenes look at a beaming – and dancing – King pre-carpet!

Exclusive Regina King Oscars 2021 BTS
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King's go-to stylists Wayman Bannerman and Micah McDonald tell PEOPLE exclusively that the gown, "is the proper send off for the awards season."

"This look screams grand finale, it's opulent, it glamorous, and it's the joy we wanted to evoke among the many viewers! It's really a fantasy brought to life," Bannerman and McDonald say.

The duo collaborated with Louis Vuitton creative director Nicolas Ghesquièr on the confection.

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"We put together a mood board based of the previous collections designed by nicolas ghesquière for Louis Vuitton. We are meticulous in selecting everything from neckline, color, silhouette, and hem," they explain.

The process started in January. In the months that followed, the complex embroidery – composed of 62, 000 sequins and 80 meters of chain stitching – alone took over 140 hours to complete.

"The details of the dress are impeccable! The scallop hem is mind blowing," say the pair of the look, which was accessorized with jewelry by Forevermark.

Exclusive Regina King Oscars 2021 BTS
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"We were thrilled to partner with [them as well]. Choosing diamonds that shine as brightly as Regina isn't easy but we feel we came pretty close! We selected silhouettes that felt fresh and modern while still leaning into the traditional glamour of the Oscars."

Her cool blue eyeshadow and subtle pink lip coordinated with the shimmery pastel vibes of the gown. She styled her hair in an angled bob to complement the architectural vibes of her dress's strong shoulders King's stylists shared a close-up angle of the gorgeous gown on Instagram while "chillin'" in the hotel room.

"It's always a party!  We ensure the pressure is far and distant during dressings," they say. "The goal is to have Regina at ease and relaxed to be her best glamorous self on the red carpet. The music is usually a feel good playlist which has us all cheerful."

The regal gown follows a slew of strong style statements King has made throughout award season.

Listen below to the episode of our daily podcast PEOPLE Every Day for more on the 2021 Oscars. 

This year's presenter, who took home the Best Supporting Actress win at the 2019 Oscars, kicked off her style streak at the 2021 Golden Globe Awards.

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She showed off her look for the virtual show from her hotel room, modeling an asymmetrical, draped cape column by Louis Vuitton, covered in 20,000 silver sequins, 12,000 golden sequins and 8,000 black sequins, which she accessorized with even more bling — $2 million worth of Forevermark jewelry to be exact.

Bannerman and McDonald told E! that the silhouette of the actress' gown makes her feel like "a tall glass of champagne."

Regina King Critics Choice
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She later wowed in a high-slit, sequin-embellished Versace gown, Stuart Weitzman platforms and Cartier jewelry for the Critics Choice Awards. Chose a glamorous Oscar de la Renta burnt orange ruched mini dress with dramatic cape for the NAACP Image Awards. And most recently wore a statuesque strapless orange Christopher John Rogers gown at the Costume Designers Guild Awards, which she paired with Bulgari jewels.

King has been making the awards show rounds for her directorial debut, One Night in Miami. She made history as the second Black woman in history to earn a Golden Globe nomination for best director. She is also the fifth Black filmmaker to be nominated in the category overall, per IndieWire.

The film is up for three Oscars, including Best Supporting Actor for Leslie Odom Jr.'s performance, Best Original Song for "Speak Now" and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Though King also has an Oscar under her belt, the actress recently told PEOPLE that she feels like people in Hollywood are only now really starting to take notice of her work.

"Maybe now that I'm in my 40s, people in positions of power are recognizing it," she said. "But everything I've ever approached, I've approached powerfully."

The 93rd Academy Awards are airing live on Sunday, April 25 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on ABC.