Regina King is an award-winning actress who has never been off her game in making fashion statements that stir conversations. At the Oscars red carpet, King arrived dressed as a queen, elegantly in Louis Vuitton, a historical dress perfectly embroidered, and delicately constructed by the talented Nicolas Ghesquière, creative director at Louis Vuitton.
Ever since Regina King’s Oscar victory in 2018, her unwavering presence in the limelight has been making waves in the film industry. King began directing a film called ‘One Night in Miami’, which was nominated for three awards at the 2021 Oscars. She was also requested to present an award which meant that she had to look her very best at the event. The actress and film director making a red carpet appearance should be a sight worth seeing; Wayman and Micah, her stylists, certainly know that.
In collaboration with Nicolas Ghesquière, the creative director of Louis Vuitton, the duo designed a masterpiece for Regina King. The perfectly fitted blue gown with a deep V-neck dive, dutifully embroidered from top to bottom had a record-breaking 62,000 sequins and 3,900 crystals. That’s the most any dress has ever had, one can only imagine the consistency and attention to detail in pulling that off. The gown also featured a wing-like shoulder sleeve that left Regina King oozing with the energy of a wonderland queen. Regina simply slayed in her dress, complemented with her short bob hair and “dripping in natural diamonds”, as she put it on Instagram, referring to the jewelry by ForeverMark that she wore.
Speaking about the dress, Ghesquière said that it took approximately 104 hours to complete the outfit at the Louis Vuitton atelier. King’s stylists talked with Vogue about the dreamy satin gown, saying that they wanted to incorporated elements of fantasy for the look to look ethereal. They said that King wanted something new and different in terms of architecture and silhouette this year. They were right about it being new for her, we could tell when King also posted on her Instagram saying “Feeling like a statue! thank you to @louisvuitton and @nicolasghesquiere for this effervescent custom gown”.
According to her stylists Micah and Wayman, King is always involved in the making of her dresses. She gives her inputs on colors, styling, and design before the final product is delivered and debuted. Micah and Wayman explained saying, “We tell her our vision and what we want the story to be and then we build from there," The duo said that they only present the idea for the outfit speaking more from their experience in fashion and King, on the other hand, comes at it like a director, focusing on the technical details.
It’s interesting to see the talent and creativity that comes with making an outfit by a top brand like Louis Vuitton, Regina King, and her stylists noted that the dress was as beautiful on the inside as it was on the outside. Nicolas had hoped to tell a story, he wanted the Academy Awards’ outfit to be the grand ending to all of King's outfits from other events this year leading up to the Oscars which was the finale for the season, with this in mind he delivered an angelic dress.