Dior, Gucci, and Other Designers Wouldn’t Dress Zendaya for the Red Carpet Early on, Law Roach Says

Zendaya has been winning the red carpet handily this year, from last week’s Met Gala to her press junkets for Dune: Part Two and Challengers. But there are a few designers she hasn’t sported during any of her appearances—and that’s for a reason.

Law Roach, the celebrated stylist who dresses Zendaya, among his many other clients, revealed recently that a quintet of luxury brands wouldn’t dress the star early on in her career, Hypebeast reported on Monday. And because of that, Roach and Zendaya have decided to turn to other labels for her show-stopping appearances.

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“I would write the big five. I would write Saint Laurent, Chanel, Gucci, Valentino, Dior, and they would all say, ‘No, try again next year. She’s too green. She’s not on our calendar,’” Roach told the podcast The Cutting Room Floor. “I still have all the receipts. I still have everything. By the time she had got to American Vogue, she still had never wore any of those designers. She still hasn’t.” (Roach and Zendaya have worked together since she was 14, and she first appeared on the cover of Vogue in 2017, when she was 20.)

Roach clarified that Zendaya has worn some of those brands during photo shoots and editorial opportunities, but she has otherwise eschewed them on the red carpet. The exception there is Valentino; she signed a contract in 2020 with the fashion house, making her obligated to wear its clothes during some appearances.

Having been a team for more than decade, Roach and Zendaya have a strong bond, and they remember the brands who were there for them in the beginning of her career.

“When I said, ‘If you say no, it’ll be a no forever,’ that rang true for a long, long time,” Roach said on the podcast. Case in point: Zendaya has still never showed up on the red carpet in a Gucci, Chanel, or Dior look. (It does appear like she has worn Saint Laurent in the past few years, though.)

Given that Zendaya has been able to turn heads without relying on the big five throughout her career, it seems like she and Roach are doing just fine without them.

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