Cynthia Erivo’s Style Evolution, From Her Latest Red Carpet Looks

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Fans of Cynthia Erivo know the actress and singer has never shied away from expressing her own sense of style—she’s worn a septum ring on the red carpet for years and her hair and makeup concepts have always been gorgeously idiosyncratic. But lately, Erivo has been gaining extra attention for her fashion choices, as she’s attended events and awards shows for her role in “Harriet,” which earned her an Oscar nomination and could lead to EGOT status. (She’s already got the Emmy, Grammy, and Tony.) More red carpet appearances means more opportunities to admire her risk-taking chic. Here, a few of her recent bests and how they exemplify her star power—of which she has plenty.

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Erivo knows exactly which silhouettes and colors work for her. At LACMA’s Art + Film Gala, which she attended in November 2019, she opted for this purple Gucci gown. The addition of an embroidered corseted accent brings it to the next level.

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High drama is right up Erivo’s alley. Whether it’s a pouf sleeve or huge ruffles, as seen on this Mario Dice dress, Erivo’s commitment to volume makes for a theatrical moment.

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We love that Erivo isn’t afraid to try out a risky pattern. The geometric panels of this dress would look clownish on anyone else, but coupled with her chandelier earrings and blonde, short hair, it’s pure harmony.

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The story on this dress goes that Erivo was getting ready for the 2019 Tony Awards and her stylists added the line of feathers along the slit of the dress at the 11th hour. It was a great decision—the cascade of plumage adds an essential dimension to the look.

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When Erivo strays from her classic go-tos (floor-length gowns with long or super-puffed sleeves) the results are often magical. Case in point, this custom Thom Browne dress made especially for the actress to wear to the Golden Globes. She paired it with a standout Bulgari diamond necklace, achieving the old Hollywood look she said she was aiming for.

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The fun print on this Maison Valentino dress saves it from looking too serious. The upbeat vibe was perfect for the Grammy Awards, where Erivo wore the gown.


The actress’s penchant for wild beauty looks is legendary. Erivo wore these rhinestones to the Met Gala, along with standout earrings and that septum ring.

The sunglasses are an unexpected and fierce touch to the Maison Valentino dress Erivo wore to the Governors Awards.
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