So it’s no shock to see her dazzle on the red carpets of some of the biggest events in the world. From the Oscars and the Golden Globes to the Met Gala, let’s take a look at the incredible fashion story of Zendaya, told through her most memorable red-carpet appearances.
A Talented Voice Actress
Zendaya's voice precedes her, and not only in music – in voiceover, too. The singer-actress has dabbled with voice acting more than once, in films like Warner Bros' "Smallfoot" where she voiced the yeti Meechee; and in the 2021 film "Space Jam: A New Legacy," where she lent her voice to the beloved character of Lola Bunny.
Singing, voicing, we do not care – Zendaya's voice is lovely in any configuration. And as you can see, she stayed true to the spirit of the Looney Toons movie when she turned up to the movie's premiere in very colorful attire. That's not all, folks!
A Tall Woman
It's not always possible to tell from movies and pictures how tall someone is, especially in a world full of high heels and misleading camera angles. But when it comes to Zendaya, if you had a feeling she was tall – you got it perfectly right!
The girl is 5'10''! For those of you using the metric system, that's 1.78 cm. Very impressive. And when she turned up to the ABC American Music Awards in 2013, she looked even taller than usual, wearing some pretty high heels. It's safe to say that she towers over many of her contemporaries, both literally and professionally.
Give Me All the Emmys!
Zendaya rocked up at the 2019 Primetime Emmy Awards in a jaw-dropping Vera Wang emerald dress. The talented actress topped it off ever so elegantly with some stunning Cartier frosting.
While she was not nominated for anything that year, Zendaya was given the honor of presenting the award for Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special. But ultimately, she had nothing to worry about. Her awards were just around the corner. The following year, she would go on to win the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Rue in HBO's "Euphoria."
A Cinderella Moment
Zendaya smashed 2019's Met Gala theme. What's campier than an over-the-top Disney-inspired princess gown? Nothing! The dress was designed by the legendary Tommy Hilfiger. And it's safe to say that she captured the attention of everyone at that event.
The actress's stylist, Roach, accompanied her on the red carpet dressed as the fairy godmother. She also had a bag shaped like Cinderella's pumpkin carriage, and if that's not enough, her gown lit up on the red carpet! This look gets ten out of ten. But we think that she has since eclipsed the character of Cinderella to become a much more independent, powerful kind of Disney heroine.
The great and beautiful Zendaya had been a star on the children's TV circuit for a while before making the smooth transition to more mature shows and films. This photo shows the young star in an outfit she wore to the Kids Choice Awards in 2017.
We all know that Zendaya is a very pretty lady with great fashion taste. This is why she knows she does not need to spend much money on her clothes to make herself look good. At this event, she wore a dress that was only $40. Moreover, this dress came from her own line of clothes, Daya.
Staying on Target
The now-famous Zendaya is not only known for her sense of fashion and her beautiful looks but also for her great talent when it comes to acting. It was not always the case for the rising star. Zendaya had her first red-carpet appearance in 2010 when she was only 14 years old.
Instead of going for a designer outfit or some fancy dress, young Zendaya had decided to put together an outfit from the clothes that she already owned. The clothes that she wore that evening she got from Target, of all places. You could say that she hit a bullseye with that bargain.
Zendaya never fails to make a statement on the red carpet, and her look for the "Spider-Man: No Way Home" premiere was no exception. The actress dazzled in a custom Valentino gown with intricate spiderwebs beaded onto the fabric, paying homage to her role as Michelle Jones-Watson in the film.
She completed the look with edgy cornrows in her hair and some bold graphic eyeliner, adding a touch of rebel chic to her ensemble. Zendaya's fashion-forward approach to her red carpet looks always commands attention, shows humor and personality, and remains memorable. This premiere in Los Angeles was no different.
The Gal at the Gala
Zendaya's style is a masterclass in fearless experimentation, and her look for the 2017 Met Gala perfectly represented just that. The theme for the night was Rei Kawakubo, and Zendaya arrived in a Dolce & Gabbana gown that perfectly embodied the spirit of the avant-garde designer.
The colorful off-the-shoulder ball gown featured a yellow and red color scheme, with the large parrot print adding a healthy serving of whimsy to the overall look. With this look, Zendaya showed once again her ability to effortlessly mix fun and glamour in her red carpet looks and why she remains a true icon.
As Cool as a Sandworm
Zendaya turned heads at the "Dune" premiere with her stunning fashion choices, once again showcasing her impeccable taste and bold style. The actress donned a stunning Alaia set, consisting of a knit long-sleeve crop top paired with a matching skirt that boasted intricate cutout details and a statement feathered mermaid bottom.
Her hair, styled in a voluminous, curly '70s-inspired 'do, completed the ensemble perfectly. Zendaya's daring style and ability to take fashion risks always pay off, which is why she has cemented herself as a trendsetter. The overall effect was effortlessly chic and sophisticated, showcasing her impeccable taste and charisma.
Zendaya's London premiere look perfectly showcased her signature style, making a bold statement on the red carpet with her unique choices and fearless approach to experimenting with different trends. She donned a chic Alexander McQueen ensemble consisting of an oversized grey blazer with dazzling beaded details, paired with sheer black tights featuring similar beading.
Her hair was sleek and slicked back, and she complemented the look with a bold smokey eye and spiderweb earrings that perfectly tied into the movie's theme. As always, Zendaya's style perfectly balanced elegance with edginess, cementing her status as a fashion icon in the industry.
A Not-So-Bazaar Look
Zendaya's fashion choices always grab attention, and her outfit for the 2019 Harper's Bazaar Icons party was no different. She rocked a textured grey Berluti suit with cropped trousers and paired it with sleek black Louboutin pumps. She left her famous curls loose, almost messy, and styled in a deep side part, adding a casual edge to an otherwise tailored look.
Zendaya's take on menswear was a refreshing change, especially since Michael B. Jordan had worn the same suit to the Vanity Fair Oscars party just a few months prior, a humor-filled move that we're sure she was in on.
Zendaya's fashion sense always pushes boundaries, and her outfit for the Vanity Fair and Lancôme Paris Toast Women in Hollywood event in 2018 was a testament to that. She turned heads in an oversized, 80s-inspired Marc Jacobs suit that exuded confidence and style.
The suit was a bold choice, both in its proportions and in its brightly mismatched color scheme, but it perfectly complemented the actress's signature fearless approach to fashion. And if the ensemble itself wasn't enough of a statement, the starlet paired it with striking tangerine heels and added a chic black top hat – as only she could.
The Golden Girl
Zendaya consistently brings her A-game to the red carpet, and her outfit at the 2014 American Music Awards proves that has always been true. The actress and fashion icon wore a stunning Elie Saab gold lamé coat with matching wide-leg pants, paired with a daring teal cropped halter top that showed off her toned midriff.
Her big, bouncy curls added a touch of glamour and sophistication to the overall look, making her resemble a modern-day princess, with a hint of 1970s Diana Ross. With this ensemble, Zendaya once again stunned us with her fearless approach to style, which always keeps us wanting more.
It's no wonder that Zendaya is a fashion icon, with her bold choices and impeccable taste always making her the belle of the ball. She turned heads and stole the show at the 2018 GQ Men of the Year Awards in a breathtaking Ralph and Russo gown. The vibrant yellow beaded bodice was nothing short of a masterpiece, delicately adorned with magenta satin draping over it.
The show-stopping color combination of magenta and yellow was an unexpected but brilliant choice, perfectly complementing her glowing skin tone and striking features. The dress's daring thigh-high slit gave a glimpse of the matching yellow skirt peeking out from underneath, making for a jaw-dropping effect.
Zendaya never fails to make a statement on the red carpet, and her appearance at the 2017 Teen Choice Awards was no different. The fashion-forward star took a bold and daring risk, stepping out in a striped Ashish beaded pajama set.
To keep the casual vibe, Zendaya kept the shirt sleeves rolled up and accessorized with simple sandals to allow the intricate beading and stripes to take center stage. Her confidence and natural grace effortlessly transformed what could have been a simple pajama set into a high-fashion statement. This outfit is proof that Zendaya can rock any style and make it look effortlessly stylish.
Back to Black
Zendaya stunned at the 2018 Oscars in a gorgeous Giambattista Valli gown that showcased her sense of style and impeccable taste. The dress was crafted from a sheer, voluminous fabric that flowed elegantly with every step she took, with an asymmetrical neckline and a big long-sleeve moment that added a touch of drama and sophistication to the look.
She complemented the dress with plenty of diamonds, which added a touch of glamour and sparkle to the ensemble. Her sleek graphic bun was the perfect finishing touch that accentuated her elegant neck and stunning features. It truly was a work of art, fitting for an event that celebrates it in its highest form.
The Green Machine
Zendaya never fails to surprise us with her style choices, and the pea-green Zuhair Murad dress she donned at the 2017 MTV Music Awards was no different. The intricate embroidery on the sheer fabric was nothing short of stunning, while her vintage hairstyle and classic winged eyeliner gave off a charming 1950s vibe.
It was an interesting and unexpected break from the more modern, playful, and daring looks often seen on the MTV red carpet, which makes it on brand for the actress, who always exceeds expectations. More than anything, it proves that elegance is always in style, especially when it's on Zendaya.
Bearing It All?
Zendaya turned heads at the 2016 Billboard Awards in a sophisticated yet risque Calvin Klein set. Her nude bralette paired with a matching high-waisted skirt created an illusion of exposed skin while also maintaining an elegant and refined look.
Zendaya complimented the outfit's straight silhouette with sleek straight hair, and her choice of accessories stood out with a mix of both gold and silver jewelry. Zendaya's effortless style has always been a standout. Though we know her for her maximalist, colorful style, this look is a testament to her ability to make even the most minimalist of outfits look chic and stylish too.
Ready for the Desert
Zendaya is a fashion icon who never fails to impress her fans with her unique style and bold fashion choices. At the London premiere of "Dune," she set the red carpet on fire with her stunning Rick Owens ensemble. The cream-colored sculptural gown was an absolute masterpiece, featuring an asymmetrical long sleeve that added a unique touch to the overall look.
Zendaya's 20s-inspired hair and smokey eye makeup perfectly complemented the dress, making her look like a modern-day Gatsby girl. It was a bold and daring fashion statement filled with glamour that only a true fashion icon like Zendaya could pull off with such ease and elegance.
Zendaya has come a long way from her Disney Channel days, but she started taking fashion risks even then. At the premiere of the "Phineas and Ferb" movie in 2011, Zendaya rocked a fun and youthful outfit that perfectly captured her playful spirit.
She wore a simple white sleeveless tank and paired it with bold leopard-print harem pants that showed off her love for statement pieces. To top it all off, she donned a pair of cool Jeremy Campbell wedges that added a touch of sophistication to the outfit. It's hard to believe that she was only 15 years old at the time, yet she still managed to look effortlessly stylish and chic.
Zendaya made a bold statement by wearing a stunning Schiaparelli dress to the 2017 InStyle Awards, which showcased her love for vibrant colors and intricate details. Small-tiered organza layers in various shades of red, purple, and black were made even more special by a bejeweled bralette peeking out from underneath. However, it was Zendaya's hair that truly stole the show.
The star wore her hair in a perfect afro, a significant statement of pride and representation for the Black community. Zendaya has always embraced her culture on the red carpet, inspiring and empowering others to do the same. The actress's commitment to inclusivity and representation is part of what has made her style stand the test of time.
Written in the Stars
Zendaya is a true fashion chameleon, and her appearance at the 2017 Fashion Awards was yet another testament to her style versatility. The star wore a striking black velvet gown from Vivetta, which featured a unique bustier design formed by two horses' heads that met in the middle. The equestrian theme continued with the dress's bejeweled rodeo stars on its long sleeves, adding an extra touch of sparkle and glamour.
To complete the look, Zendaya debuted a blonde pixie cut that perfectly accentuated her striking facial features. The ensemble was definitely eccentric, and Zendaya pulled it off with effortless grace and sophistication. It's no wonder she has continued inspiring young women to take risks and embrace themselves with confidence.
We love baby Zendaya! The budding starlet arrived at the Cantamessa Men Launch Party in 2014, paying homage to the legendary Audrey Hepburn. She wore a stunning black and white tailored coat that exuded elegance and sophistication. She paired it with bold silver jewelry and matching silver eyeshadow, which added an extra touch of glamour to the ensemble.
Zendaya's hair was styled in a chic 1940s-inspired 'do, completing the vintage-inspired look with grace and poise. Even at such a young age, Zendaya was already proving herself to be a fashion icon, showcasing her impeccable taste and effortless style on the red carpet.
Venerated in Venice
This Zendaya look is sure to go down as one of her greatest. The actress wore a custom Balmain dress to the "Dune" premiere at the Venice International Film Festival in 2021. The dress itself was breathtaking, with sand-colored leather wrapped perfectly around her body and draped in a way that made it seem like she had just risen from the sea.
Her wet-styled hair and dramatic eye makeup only added to the whole look. However, the real star of the show was the 93-carat Bvlgari emerald ‘Serpentine’ necklace draped around her neck, which seemed as if it was made specifically for her. All in all, it was a look that we'll never forget.
Give Her All the Flowers
Zendaya always knows how to make a statement on the red carpet, as shown by her appearance at the "Smallfoot" premiere in 2018. The star wore a stunning floral, ruffled Michael Kors dress that featured a bold pink and orange print, contrasted with a yellow-green belt that fit her waistline perfectly.
The dress was both playful and sophisticated, showcasing Zendaya's unique sense of style and flair. She styled the look with her hair in a long braid, which added a touch of youthfulness and playfulness to the ensemble. To complete the outfit, Zendaya opted for a pair of classic white heels that elongated her legs and added an extra touch of elegance.
I'm a Little Teacup
Zendaya knows how to turn heads on the red carpet, and her appearance at the 2018 MTV Movie Awards was a perfect example. The star wore a daring brown leather dress from August Getty that featured a fitted racer front top and a sculptural hoop skirt that hit her mid-thigh. The striking outfit showcased Zendaya's joyful, elegant, and perfectly composed style.
She complemented the look with matching pumps, bold graphic earrings, and slicked-back, wavy hair in a deep side part. The accessories added an extra touch of sophistication and elegance to the ensemble and made sure the outfit hit the right note.
The Neon Angel
Zendaya came prepared for the 2023 NAACP Image Awards. The star wore a stunning black silk gown from Versace's 2002 archives, featuring striking accents of neon green that were added in a form-flattering way. The dress was a testament to Zendaya's respect for fashion history, showcasing her appreciation for iconic fashion designers and their signature styles.
The star paired the dress with a classic, glamorous bob and diamond jewelry, which added an extra touch of elegance and sophistication to the ensemble. With her impeccable fashion sense and respect for fashion history, Zendaya once again proved that she is a true fashion icon, unafraid to experiment and push boundaries with her style while paying homage to the greats who came before her.
Very Zippy Indeed
It's hard to believe that Zendaya's fashion journey started all the way back in 2010 when she was just 14 years old! At the Disney Summer TCA party, Zendaya arrived in a white dress with a top zipper and a lace skirt, showing her early experimentation with textures and details.
She paired the dress with a black cropped jacket and black lace tights, which added a touch of edge to the ensemble. Even at such a young age, Zendaya's fashion sense was already evident. It's clear that she has always had a passion for fashion, and her early red carpet appearances were just a glimpse of the icon she would become.
At the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscars party, Zendaya showed us once again why she is a fashion icon to watch. The star arrived in a stunning Sportmax power suit featuring sharp shoulders and a magenta button-down to add a pop of color. Zendaya paired the suit with a slicked-back bun, further embracing the menswear inspiration, while her graphic smokey eye added a touch of glamour and femininity.
The look was completed with a diamond brooch on her lapel and diamond rings on her metallically-manicured fingers. Zendaya's ability to seamlessly blend classic menswear-inspired elements with feminine touches is truly remarkable, proving she is a force to be reckoned with in the fashion world.
Zendaya's style journey began at a young age, and one of her earliest fashion moments was at the Variety Power of Youth event in 2011. The budding starlet showed off her playful side, wearing a white t-shirt with a large bow attached to the shoulder, paired with bold leopard print pants and red open-toed pumps.
This look was quintessentially 2010s, with its bold mix of patterns, textures, and colors. Her ability to mix unexpected pieces and create cohesive looks has only grown over the years, cementing her status as a fashion icon. This early look serves as a reminder of Zendaya's joyful approach to fashion, and we can't wait to see what looks she'll wear next.
Red Velvet Dream
Zendaya's 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards outfit was a standout moment that demonstrated her fearless approach to fashion. She opted for a red velvet suit, featuring track-pant detailing on the sides, and paired it with a metallic bralette. To keep the look cohesive, she styled her hair in a blunt, straight bob and went for a bold smokey eye.
The ensemble perfectly showcased her edgy and unique style, which has made her a role model and style icon for many young people. With every outfit, Zendaya continues to push the boundaries and prove that fashion is all about self-expression and individuality.
A Leafy Dress
Zendaya's vintage Bob Mackie dress at the Time 100 Gala in 2022 was a showstopper. The dress featured stunning panels of black, teal, and blue in velvet and silk that wrapped around her body, creating an elegant ball gown. Mackie, known for creating Cher's most iconic looks, was the perfect choice for Zendaya's red-carpet moment.
She kept her hair simple with a sleek, straight style and accessorized the look with delicate diamond jewelry, allowing the dress to take center stage. Zendaya's ability to choose the perfect dress for each occasion, from modern power suits to classic vintage gowns, cements her place as a fashion icon in the industry.
Zendaya turned heads in her all-Valentino ensemble at the fashion house's runway show in Paris in 2022. She wore an oversized black blazer and a sheer bodysuit, both adorned with graphic black beading. Her hair and makeup were kept simple, allowing the statement outfit to speak for itself.
Zendaya added some personality to the ensemble with bold, beaded black earrings. The actress and fashion icon has a long-standing relationship with Valentino, having worn the brand on many red carpets in the past. Her appearance at the show cemented her status as one of the fashion world's most exciting and daring stars.
A Rosey Occasion
Zendaya brought a splash of color to the 2014 MTV Movie Awards, wearing a black and yellow rose-printed dress by Ungaro. The shift dress featured long sleeves and a high thigh slit, keeping the silhouette simple and letting the bold graphic print take center stage.
She kept her hair styled in loose waves and completed the look with black heels, letting the dress do all the talking. It was a perfect example of Zendaya's early fashion choices, showcasing her willingness to take risks with patterns and prints, even at a young age. It holds the same thread we see woven into her style even today.
Turtlenecked to the Gods
Zendaya looked chic and sophisticated at the 2013 "Black Nativity" premiere in a unique ensemble that showcased her fashion-forward approach. She paired a white polka-dotted tulle skirt with a black turtleneck and a black leather jacket, striking a perfect balance between soft and edgy.
She kept her hair simple in a low bun, to not detract from the fashion moment while adding a pop of color with bright teal pumps that added a fun twist to the otherwise monochromatic look. This outfit exemplified Zendaya's early experimentation with fashion, showcasing her ability to mix and match pieces in unexpected ways while still maintaining a cohesive and stylish look.
Zendaya made a statement at the 2012 American Music Awards by combining retro vibes with a modern edge. She wore a nude boat neck top with long sleeves adorned with a leopard print made of black sequins. The top was paired with a black tulle skirt and simple black lace heels, giving the look a classic yet youthful feel.
Her hair was styled in a vintage-inspired bob, completing the 1950s aesthetic. To bring a pop of color to the ensemble, she opted for bright pink lipstick and vibrant nails to match. This outfit demonstrated her ability to mix patterns, textures, and eras, making her a fashion icon to watch out for.
Pretty in Pink
Zendaya let her fashion do the talking at the 2015 Woman of Excellence Awards, where she herself accepted an award. She opted for a muted pink and white color scheme, adding interest through layers and textures. The actress wore a button-down white top with a textured pink skirt featuring a thick organza band at the hem.
To add more dimension, she layered a long pink vest in a heavier cotton fabric, almost exactly the same shade as the skirt. Zendaya kept her hair simple with a sleek ponytail, and her pink heels matched perfectly with this feminine and sophisticated look.
Zendaya stole the show at Valentino's 2022 Paris Fashion Week presentation, sporting a head-to-toe monochromatic look in the house's signature shade of pink, officially named Pink PP. She served looks in trousers embellished with whimsical flower decals, a sleek silk blouse, and an eye-catching statement trench coat.
And let's not forget those matching pink platforms that added a playful touch to the whole ensemble. With her hair styled in a chic, blown-out look, and minimal jewelry, the starlet let the clothes speak for themselves while exuding the effortless elegance she's known for. Needless to say, she was the epitome of Parisian cool-girl style.
The Lady in Red
Zendaya lit up the 2022 Emmy Awards after party with her stunning fashion choice after her historic second win in the Lead Actress category. The fashion icon donned a breathtaking red Valentino gown with off-the-shoulder long sleeves and a daring circular plunging neckline.
The talented star paired her gown with a chic, slicked-back bun and kept her accessories simple, letting the dress speak for itself. Zendaya's minimal diamond jewelry gave her the perfect amount of sparkle, without taking away from the dress's impact. Her look was the perfect example of how powerful editing can be in styling. Way to go, Zendaya, for showing us all how it's done!
We all had to start somewhere! Zendaya's outfit at the "Tangled" premiere in 2010 may not have been a fashion triumph, but it did reveal the budding style icon that she would become. The young starlet took a playful approach, pairing a pink graphic tee with a black blazer and grey wool shorts, then adding some edge with lace tights.
Although the look may not stand the test of time, it's clear that Zendaya was already experimenting with bold colors, unexpected shapes, and unique accessories — all key elements that would eventually feed into the signature style we now know and love.
The Scarlet Star
We're not the only ones who think Zendaya has great style! The actress wore custom Vera Wang to accept the Fashion Icon award at the CFDAs in 2021, and she arrived ready to defend the title. Zendaya wore a two-piece outfit consisting of a bright red bandeau bra and an elegant skirt with a hand-draped bubble waist detail.
It's the kind of look we've grown to expect from the starlet and was completed with statement diamond jewelry, braids, and a confident attitude that could rival any runway model. It's no wonder why she's become a muse for designers and a role model for aspiring fashionistas everywhere.
The Shirt and the Skirt
At the 2014 Radio Disney Music Awards, Zendaya showed her early fashionista instincts by wearing a stunning outfit by British brand Peter Pilotto. She paired a simple white button-down shirt with dramatic kimono sleeves with a skirt made of a beautiful embroidered textile in a sunset color scheme.
The embroidery detail was also present on the body of the shirt, creating a cohesive and eye-catching look. This outfit not only showcased Zendaya's unique style but also her commitment to working with small designers and wearing artisan pieces. It's no wonder she has become a fashion icon, as her choices are always bold, original, and filled with personality.
The Force Is Strong With Her
Zendaya made a memorable entrance at the "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" premiere in 2015, wearing a stunning Michael Kors outfit. She wore a simple grey turtleneck sweater dress but made it red carpet-ready by pairing it with a clear, crystal-encrusted skirt, also by Michael Kors. The final look felt unexpected and totally glam, showcasing Zendaya's fashion-forward sensibilities.
She wore her hair straight and added statement diamond earrings, completing the look with confidence and poise. This outfit was a great example of how Zendaya's unique sense of style always manages to turn heads and make a statement on the red carpet.
At the 2011 premiere of "Gnomeo and Juliet," Zendaya showcased her early fashion sense by wearing a charming prairie dress that exuded a vintage charm. The dress featured a classic pattern and a modest length that hit just below her knees. She added a thin braided belt to cinch in her waist and accessorized with a pair of brown leather shoes.
The overall look was innocent and playful, showcasing Zendaya's youthful energy and creative spirit. She may not have known what the future would hold for her, but she was already making a statement with her fashion choices and proving that she was an icon in the making.
A Euphoric Triumph
Zendaya always knows how to make a statement, and her choice of outfit for the "Euphoria" event in 2022 was no exception. The actress arrived in a slouchy grey Fear of God suit that exuded both comfort and style. The oversized blazer was paired with matching cropped trousers and a simple silk top, creating an effortlessly chic look that only Zendaya could pull off.
Her sleek bob and minimal jewelry added a touch of sophistication to the ensemble, while her pointed-toe pumps completed the look with an extra edge of glamour. It's no wonder that Zendaya continues to be a fashion icon, proving that comfort and style can go hand in hand and that femininity can come in many different forms.
What a Gown
At the 2022 Emmys, Zendaya once again proved why she's a fashion icon to watch. The actress graced the red carpet in a stunning custom Valentino gown that exuded timeless elegance. To complete the look, Zendaya donned a sparkling diamond choker that evokes old Hollywood glamour, adding a touch of timeless sophistication (and also giving her a bit of a Cinderella moment).
The gown's structured, hourglass silhouette was inspired by classic Grace Kelly looks from the 1950s, a nod to Zendaya's appreciation for fashion history and her ability to bring a vintage silhouette into the modern era. It's no wonder she's considered one of the most stylish and fashion-forward stars of our time.
The Silver Surfer
Zendaya made an early red carpet appearance at the premiere of Justin Bieber's "Never Say Never" movie in 2011. Her outfit consisted of a silver blazer, lacquered grey mini skirt, and a simple white t-shirt, which she then paired with black tights and boots.
She styled her hair in a bun and added a simple, thin headband as an accessory. The outfit definitely feels youthful, but Zendaya's unique choices of colors and textures definitely show her promise as a budding fashion star. This early look set the tone for her future fashion choices and continues to inspire young fashion enthusiasts.
Shine Bright Like a Diamond
Zendaya was a standout at the 2022 Oscars, dressed in a stunning Valentino Couture ensemble. She wore a cropped white button-down and paired it with a dazzling silver sequined skirt. The top, while uniquely cut, lent a surprising casualness to the look, while the skirt, with its high shine and dramatic train, added the necessary glamour to be Oscar red carpet worthy.
The starlet styled her hair in a chic, messy chignon that brought focus to her face and emphasized her natural beauty. Her arms were adorned with stacked diamond bracelets. Overall, the look showcased her innate ability to mix simplicity and glamour in the most effortless way possible — and of course, reminded us of her ability to constantly surprise.
The Scorpion's Sting
Zendaya never fails to make a bold statement with her fashion choices, and her appearance at the Ballon d'Or photo call in 2021 was no exception. The actress and fashion icon stunned in a vintage Roberto Cavalli dress that was nothing short of mesmerizing.
The straight black dress featured an open back, but what truly made the outfit unforgettable was the dramatic gold scorpion skeleton that covered it. This show-stopping moment was both edgy and joyful and showcased Zendaya's impeccable taste and fearless fashion sense. She completed the look with an elegant bun and big gold earrings, which perfectly tied in with the gold along her back, and proved that she is a force to be reckoned with.
Let's Get Down to Brass Tacks
Zendaya came in swinging to the Women in Film Honors in 2021. The actress looked stunning in an art-inspired grey dress by current fashion darling Loewe. While the dress itself had an understated, simple silhouette, it was covered with a dramatic sculptural brass breastplate that elevated the outfit to new heights.
The breastplate was a true work of art, adding an iconic note to the otherwise minimalist look. Zendaya completed the ensemble with matching Louboutin heels and sculptural earrings, both in the same beautiful brass color as the one on her chest. Her clear appreciation for fashion as art and continued support of these brands is a testament to her status as a true fashion icon.
Zendaya always shines on the red carpet, but her appearance at the 2021 Oscars was truly unforgettable. The actress graced the event in a custom Valentino gown that left everyone in awe. The stunning yellow dress featured an elegant midriff cut-out and a flowing train that cascaded behind her as she walked.
Zendaya's choice of hairstyle was equally impressive, as she sported long, tousled waves that perfectly completed the dreamy, mermaid-like ensemble. She completed the look with dramatic stacked Bvlgari necklaces, adding glam to an otherwise simple look. With her impeccable taste and unique style, it's no wonder that Zendaya is considered one of the most fashionable stars in Hollywood.
That Ribbon, Though
Zendaya stunned us with Valentino at the 2021 Venice Film Festival. The actress wore an elegant reinvention of the classic suit, wearing an oversized black blazer over a floor-length white shirt dress with a low neckline and a daring thigh-high slit. The result was a perfect balance of masculine and feminine, something the actress plays with frequently.
The dress was tied with a playful pink satin sash that cascaded down, providing a fun pop of color that perfectly complemented the black and white ensemble. She kept her makeup simple and her hair in loose, natural curls, allowing the outfit to take center stage. As always, we remained in awe.
Zendaya brought Paris to Las Vegas at Cinema Con in 2018! The actress opted for an all-red outfit, elevating an otherwise simple silhouette into a whole moment. She wore cropped cigarette pants with a striped, boat-neck top, exuding a French-inspired elegance that was both chic and sophisticated.
The look was accented with gold hoops that added a touch of glamour, while her white heels provided the perfect contrast against the fiery red ensemble. Zendaya's hair was styled in a slicked-back bun, showcasing her stunning facial features and allowing the clothes to take center stage. It was a clean, elegant look, something we have come to expect from Zendaya and something we're always thrilled to see.
A Master of Minimalism
Zendaya once again amazed on the red carpet at the American Australian Association Arts Awards in 2020, where she wore a unique and eye-catching Christopher Esber gown. The dress featured wide, cut-out sleeves, tie details, and enormous oversized pockets, somehow resembling cargo pants but in a way that worked perfectly for the red carpet.
The actress kept her accessories elegant and minimal, with her hair slicked straight and styled to perfection. This ensured that the dress remained the star of the show while Zendaya's effortless grace and charm shone through. The result was a playful yet sophisticated look that only she could pull off with such ease — a true red-carpet star.
Zendaya of Arc
Joan of Arc, who? Zendaya made quite an entrance wearing Versace to the 2018 Met Gala, which was themed "Heavenly Bodies." The actress clearly channeled the patron saint of France in a striking chain metal dress, which featured custom-molded panels and a long, dramatic train.
To complete the look, Zendaya styled her hair in a cropped red bob with baby bangs, perfectly capturing the essence of the iconic warrior. The result was a look that was both daring and inspired and demonstrated Zendaya's fearlessness when it comes to fashion. With her undeniable talent and unique sense of style, it's no wonder that Zendaya is considered one of the most influential fashion icons of our time.
The Little Mermaid
Zendaya made a stunning appearance at the Vanity Fair Oscars Party in 2018, wearing a gorgeous Michael Kors gown. The bejeweled nude dress featured a dramatic tulle mermaid skirt that added a touch of glamour to the elegant ensemble. Zendaya's hair was styled in a tight top bun and accessorized with minimal yet elegant diamond jewelry, which added a touch of sparkle to the understated elegance of her dress.
The pale nude color of the dress perfectly complemented the caramel tones of her skin, making her look like a true Hollywood starlet. With her effortless grace and innate sense of style, Zendaya once again proved her status as a genuine fashion icon.
Tracksuited and Booted
Zendaya is known for her ability to effortlessly elevate even the most casual of outfits to red-carpet status, and she did just that at the 2018 BooHoo event. The actress hopped on the return of the tracksuit trend with a chic white tracksuit featuring bold yellow stripes down the legs.
She accessorized with heels and large, sparkly hoops to add some necessary glamour. Zendaya's ability to mix high-end fashion with streetwear is what makes her one of the most exciting fashion icons of our time, and this outfit is a perfect example of this. She proved that fashion doesn't always have to be serious, stuffy, or uncomfortable and that you can look fabulous no matter what you wear.
Zendaya is not only a fashion icon but also a strong advocate for small and emerging designers. At a Bvlgari fashion week event in 2020, she stunned everyone in a long organza top by the Indian designer Rahul Mishra. The top was intricately embroidered and covered in 3D hand-sewn foliage, showcasing the designer's exquisite attention to detail.
The ankle-length top was closed at the waist with an ivory ribbon and was paired with simple black trousers and a diamond Bvlgari necklace. It's no surprise that Zendaya is a beloved figure in the fashion industry, not only because of her impeccable sense of style but also for her clear support for emerging talent.
Many Strings to Her Bow
At the Kids Choice Sports Awards in 2016, Zendaya donned a stunning Moschino ensemble that perfectly captured her youthful spirit and effortless style. The mustard-colored one-shoulder top, tied in a bow, was the perfect balance of playful and sophisticated.
She paired it with black leather pants and elegant heels, creating a look that was both fresh and timeless. Zendaya's hair was styled in a messy updo, and she kept her jewelry minimal, leaving the top as the center of attention. It's clear that even in her early days, Zendaya had a natural sense of style and a fearless attitude when it came to fashion. This look was just a hint of what was to come!
Zendaya wowed in Ulyana Sergeenko at the 2016 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards. She wore an art-deco-inspired dress which was covered with intricate embroidery, filled with various shapes and graphics that nodded to the era.
At just 19 years old, she was able to bring an air of sophistication to her ensemble while still keeping the playful energy she's known for. The budding starlet's thick black choker and a stylish vintage bob completed the look, continuing the roaring 20s inspiration of the dress. Zendaya always knows how to perfectly balance the past and the present, making her a true style icon.
What a Haircut
Zendaya made a major statement at the Manus x Machina Met Gala in 2016, not just with her stunning Michael Kors gown, but also with her bold and daring bowl-cut hairstyle. While most attendees opted for elaborate updos or flowing locks, Zendaya took a risk and opted out of long tresses to make a truly memorable entrance.
The sleek, modern bowl cut perfectly complemented the high neckline and one-sleeved design of her gold, studded dress, creating a futuristic yet elegant look. It's this kind of fearless experimentation with hair and fashion that has made Zendaya a true star in the industry.
A Ruby in the Rough
Zendaya exuded beauty at the 2016 Golden Globes in a gorgeous ruby-red gown by Marchesa. The dress was made from a unique embroidered fabric and had a deep V-neckline that was incredibly elegant and super-flattering. The skirt featured three dramatic tiers, which added volume and movement to the look.
The starlet kept her hair in smooth, flowing waves, complementing the elegant dress beautifully while also keeping it the focus. She accessorized with a pair of dangly diamond earrings, which added glamour and sophistication to the overall ensemble. Overall, Zendaya's look at the 2016 Golden Globes was stylish, feminine, and sophisticated, showcasing her impeccable sense of fashion and red-carpet style.
Fuchsia for Days
At the 2020 Critics Choice Awards, Zendaya arrived in a fashion-history-defining Tom Ford look. The actress debuted a look from the legendary designer's most recent collection: a bright fuchsia metal top that was molded perfectly to her body and connected with harness-like straps.
It took the idea of a "naked" dress to a whole new level — before, the phrase referenced looks that were sheer, nude, or bedazzled, but this one was bold, graphic, and colorful. She paired it with a light fuchsia long skirt, adding depth to this visually stunning monochromatic look, and once again proved her mastery of the red carpet. She reminded us that fashion is more than just clothes: it's art, and it's a statement.
Zendaya turned heads at the 2019 People's Choice Awards in a beautiful black gown by Christopher Esber. The dress featured an asymmetric strap and midriff cutouts that were accentuated with bejeweled rope accents. It had a modern silhouette, with a full, voluminous skirt that tapered back in towards the ankle, creating an overall look that felt fresh and playful but still totally refined.
It was a refreshing take on a classic black dress, combining elegance and sophistication with a modern twist. Zendaya consistently proves that you don't have to compromise on style to be both playful and elegant and that both of these things can exist in the same well-curated ensemble.
Sweaters belong on the red carpet too! Zendaya rocked a bold and refreshing look at the 2017 "Spider-Man: Homecoming" photocall in Barcelona, wearing a unique Delpozo sweater that featured two graphic, colorful flamingoes and a surprising mesh neckline. This may have been an unexpected choice for a red carpet, but Zendaya pulled it off effortlessly.
The actress paired the top with green wide-leg trousers, the same ones that Delpozo did when they sent the look down the runway in 2015! She finished the outfit with white heels that matched perfectly with the white shapes on the sweater. It was a bright look that proved Zendaya can bring something fresh and exciting to any red-carpet event.
Zendaya looked dazzling at the Madrid photocall for "Spiderman: Homecoming" in 2017 wearing a beautiful periwinkle dress by Jonathan Simkhai. The dress featured thin, barely there straps and an elegant ruffle detail along the neckline that perfectly complemented Zendaya's natural beauty.
She kept it simple with minimal jewelry, adding a delicate gold anklet for interest, and paired the dress with gorgeous navy shoes that made the periwinkle color pop even more. The starlet left her hair down and wavy, adding a touch of effortless cool to the overall look. Zendaya once again proved that she has an impeccable sense of fashion and can make any outfit into a knockout.
She's a Sparkler
Zendaya went full Hollywood glam for the Miss America red carpet in 2016. She wore a dazzling silver Michael Kors dress that was completely covered in sequins, hugging her curves in a slinky silhouette that felt both totally timeless and perfectly contemporary.
With her hair swept to the side in big, barrel curls that channeled old starlet glamour, she was the epitome of sophistication and style. And, of course, what's a pageant event without plenty of diamonds? Zendaya was accessorized with lots of sparkly jewels, adding just the right amount of glitz to complete the perfect pageant look. She may not have been competing, but she's already won Miss America in our hearts.
The Girl With the Pearls
Zendaya made a timeless fashion statement at the Chrysalis Butterfly Ball in 2017. Channeling the legendary Josephine Baker on her birthday, the young starlet dazzled in a black Mario Dice gown that paid homage to the roaring 20s. The breathtaking dress featured a halter neck, off-the-shoulder sleeves, and a neckline adorned with layers of pearls that draped over her arms.
Her hair was styled in classic finger waves, adding an extra touch of vintage glamour to the look. Zendaya completed the look with a sultry smokey eye and a pair of drop pearl earrings, epitomizing the elegance and sophistication of the era. In her homage to past fashion icons, she continued to solidify her status as one on her own.
A Cloud-Like Ambience
Zendaya blew everyone away wearing Nina Ricci to the "Euphoria" premiere in 2019. She wore a white minidress with an incredible material — a crocheted body with a sheer layer of tulle emerging from the seams to provide a wonderful structural moment.
It is a perfect example of Zendaya's ability to take something incredibly avant-garde and turn it into something that feels wearable, light, and just absolutely fantastic. This was a shining moment for the starlet, at the premiere of the show for which she would later win two Emmys, and we can't help but feel that this dress proved as a shining beacon for what was to come.
You're My Butterfly
Zendaya truly spread her wings at the 2017 premiere of "The Greatest Showman," where she graced the red carpet in a mesmerizing Moschino gown that resembled a monarch butterfly. The dress was a true work of art, with its wing-like panels draping elegantly around her body and flowing down to the floor.
This was a fitting choice for Zendaya, who has undergone a beautiful transformation over the years and emerged as a stunning, confident, and powerful woman. Like a butterfly emerging from a cocoon, she has blossomed into a true fashion icon, inspiring us all with her grace, strength, and beauty.
Sequins at the Sequel
We know Zendaya loves dressing up with a theme, and she did just that in a color-blocked Armani Prive dress at the "Spiderman: Far From Home" premiere in LA in 2019. The gown featured a minimalistic red bodice with barely there straps and a long black skirt, both of which were completely covered in sequins.
With the color choice as an obvious nod to Spiderman, Zendaya paid homage to the superhero franchise they were there to celebrate. She completed the look with stick-straight hair that added to the overall sleekness of the ensemble. She once again proved her impeccable sense of style, showing that simplicity can be just as impactful as extravagance.
Ooh La La
At the end of the day, fashion is all about having a good time, and no one knows this better than Zendaya. She arrived at The Daily Front Row's Fashion Media Awards in 2019 in head-to-toe Tommy Hilfiger, wearing a perfectly tailored maroon velvet suit and a matching velvet newsboy cap.
Under the suit, she wore a maroon blouse with large white polka dots contrasted with a white silk neck scarf that had the same colors, just inverted. What resulted was a look that was both playful and polished, a line Zendaya plays with frequently, cementing her as a fashion icon who truly loves the craft.
Zendaya, the White Wizard
Zendaya turned heads at the Ralph and Russo event during Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week in 2017. The actress and fashion icon wore a stunning white gown by the designers, featuring intricate beading and an elegant cape that flowed into a dramatic train.
The gown, expertly tailored to Zendaya's figure, felt both wonderfully modern and glamorously vintage with its straight, Audrey Hepburn-inspired silhouette. The actress paired the gown with bold diamond earrings that perfectly matched the beading on the dress, creating a cohesive and eye-catching ensemble and proving once again that she is a force to be reckoned with on the red carpet.
Zendaya's fashion journey took her from the red carpet to the design room in 2019, where she collaborated with Tommy Hilfiger on her own collection, TOMMYXZENDAYA. She wore one of her own pieces to the collection's presentation, where she looked effortlessly chic in a striped long-sleeve knit dress with keyhole detail.
Her natural hair complemented the simplicity of the dress, and brown leather boots only added to the 70s prairie aesthetic of the collection itself. It's clear that Zendaya brought her true love for fashion, along with her creativity and inspiration, and put them to work, resulting in a wonderful debut in the design world.
Polka Dots Galore
Who knew polka dots could look so chic? Zendaya did. She attended the Lancôme fragrance presentation in 2019, wearing her own design from her collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger. The dress had a simple wrap silhouette but featured a unique sheer polka-dotted print that layered beautifully to create movement and texture within the garment.
She accessorized with a matching polka-dotted neck scarf and black knee-high boots, which added to the overall cool-girl vibe of the look. It was a perfect example of Zendaya's ability to infuse her personal style into her designs and create something that is both wearable and fashion-forward.
Going Back to the 60s
Zendaya rocked a Christian Siriano striped jumpsuit with midriff cutouts, wide-leg pants, and unique, puffed sleeves at the Women Making History Awards in 2017. The vintage-inspired feel of the outfit was perfectly complemented by her beehive updo and retro, diamond earrings, creating a modern take on a classic 60s look.
The soft green multicolored stripes added some softness and femininity to the whole ensemble, while the cutouts and playful sleeves gave it a more contemporary feel. This look perfectly showcased Zendaya's ability to mix classic and contemporary styles with effortless ease, cementing her as a fashion icon in the making.
Zendaya absolutely stole the show at Beautycon in 2018, wearing a delightful Akris piece from their most recent collection. She wore a long-sleeve chiffon dress with an absolutely marvelous pattern. It was filled with naive, child-like drawings that somehow read completely high fashion.
Their colorful nature and graphic shapes lent joy and excitement to what otherwise could have been a very simple dress. The best part of fashion is when you don't take yourself too seriously, and Zendaya manages to do that here while also maintaining a strong sense of style and elegance — we don't know how she does it; we just wish we could too!
Live for the Olives
Zendaya looked incredible at the "Spiderman: Far From Home" premiere after-party in 2019, wearing a captivating olive green gown from the Balmain 2020 resort collection. The gown featured unique, sport-inspired cutouts around the top, revealing a bit of skin while maintaining a sense of elegance and style.
Her skirt had tiered fringes that cascaded down to the floor, which added some lightness and movement to the overall look. The actress added bold, amber earrings, which perfectly complemented the dress and only strengthened the island vibe. Zendaya always manages to make a statement and create a story on the red carpet, and this look took us all the way to Fiji.
The Satin Queen
Zendaya's look at the Vanity Fair and Lancôme Toast Women in Hollywood party was tied together perfectly, thanks to the scene-stealing bow on her Alexis Mabille Couture Dress. The stunning dress had the perfect blend of bold and delicate elements. It featured a striking red satin bow, placed over a perfectly tailored chiffon gown made of a slightly lighter shade of red.
The bow served as the centerpiece of the look, drawing the eye in with its boldness while the chiffon skirt and delicate draping created a soft and elegant feel. Overall, the look was a beautiful representation of Zendaya's style, and we can't help but bow down to her impeccable fashion sense.