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Zendaya Wears Her Second Archival Fashion Flex in Less Than 24 Hours

 Zendaya on the Essence red carpet in a silver cuff necklace.
Zendaya on the Essence red carpet in a silver cuff necklace.

Warning: Zendaya's latest red carpet appearance might cause aesthetic whiplash.

Less than a day after channeling a 1920s flapper in a fringe-coated vintage Roberto Cavalli gown, the Dune: Part Two star attended the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards in a 180-degree turn of a look. Zendaya arrived on the carpet Thursday afternoon in a dusty blue lace corset top, tucked into wide-leg jeans cinched with a silver coin-embellished belt. The rest of her accessories included a bright white pair of pointed-toe pumps, a thick silver choker, and coordinating cuff bracelets.

Zendaya walks the black women in hollywood carpet in a corset top and jeans
Zendaya walks the black women in hollywood carpet in a corset top and jeans

Eagle-eyed fans on X (formerly known as Twitter) identified the early-2000s coded outfit as Jean Paul Gaultier couture, from the Spring/Summer 2020 collection. It's a significant entry in Zendaya's expansive closet, not only for its delightfully Y2K mixture of textures and accessories. The look belongs to Gaultier's final collection for the French house before his retirement.

Zendaya's look was styled by—who else?—image architect Law Roach. While Roach usually stays behind-the-scenes as Zendaya reveals their collaborations to the world, the pair walked the Essence carpet as a team.

Zendaya and Law Roach walk the Black Women in Hollywood red carpet together
Zendaya and Law Roach walk the Black Women in Hollywood red carpet together

The Challengers star also embraced a fresh hairstyle for the event, trading Wednesday's brushed out curls for a short, flipped-out bob slicked back with hair gel.

Thursday's look is the latest in Zendaya's one-of-a-kind archival fashion streak. Before attending Wednesday's Green Fashion Awards in archival Roberto Cavalli, she paraded a string of vintage outfits fit for intergalactic royalty on the Dune: Part Two press tour. Those ranged from Mugler's famed metal-and-PVC cyborg suit (circa 1995) to Givenchy's couture separates mimicking a computer switchboard, designed by Alexander McQueen for the house's Fall/Winter 1999 collection.

Law Roach and Zendaya have built up an enviable reputation for securing red carpet looks that both stunning and filled with fashion history. With regards to the Dune carpets, "I always try to be a storyteller more than anything else, and this such a strong story to tell,” Roach told Vogue.

With each new appearance, the pair is still writing an even bigger story: one where they're style heroes with an unending fashion archive.