Zendaya’s Valentino Dress for Emmy 2022 Took These Many Days to Make

Zendaya made history at the 2022 Emmy Awards not only by becoming the first black woman to win “Best Leading Actress” twice, but also with her glamorous look for the big night. Styled by Law Roach, the actor draped an elaborately designed Valentino ensemble – a classic black strapless corset top with a full skirt with pockets and a delicate bow at the waist, channeling old Hollywood style.

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Can you guess how many days it took to create this gorgeous dress? Just seven! Bringing the outfit to life in just a week, Roach shared in a recent interview with vogue this Valentino did three designs for Zendaya. However, none of these “incredible” designs suited the actor. But it was in his dream that he manifested the winning design.

“I woke up in the middle of the night and called Valentino, asking them to make this new dress,” Roach said, adding, “It was the last dress we tried on, and I have to thank that team.These women work so hard and everything is done by hand.

The Euphoria actor opted for a Valentino look – classic black corset ensemble and skirt (Credit: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Sharing his inspiration behind the outfit, he said, “We were inspired by Grace Kelly and Old Hollywood movies,” noting that “Zendaya and I was also very inspired by Valentino’s 1987 fall collection. There was a red dress that Linda Evangelista wore in an editorial, and we were inspired by the bodice of the dress, but we made it black and the skirt much larger.

Speaking of Zendaya’s Emmys look, how can we miss the stunning Bulgari jewelry the actor donned? “The jewelry is always the icing on the cake,” Roach said, adding, “I wanted her to shine, it’s all about the girl and the dress.”

Zendaya, Emmys Zendaya poses with her Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series award for ‘Euphoria’ at the Emmy Awards (Credit: REUTERS/Aude Guerrucci

The designer also said he’s extremely careful when it comes to retro fashion, as he doesn’t want to modernize it too much. “People are always scared of it because they don’t want it to look like a costume. This look could have been seen as costumed, but that’s how she behaves on the mat, where it never ends up looking like that.

Talk about by Zedaya after-party dress, Roach said, “It’s a modern take on the Julia Roberts Pretty Woman dress.”

Zendaya, 2022 Emmy Awards Zendaya arrives at the Post Emmys reception in a red Valentino dress with a plunging neckline (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

However, the highlight of the dress was the plunging U-shaped neckline that “was based on a neckline that was shown at the Valentino couture show,” according to Roach.

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