This is her most daring look on the red carpet yet.
Zendaya’s new red carpet gown appeared simple from the front. It was a black, high-necked dress with elbow-length sleeves.
The back was an entirely different story.
An elaborate metal cage held the “Malcolm & Marie” star’s backless gown together. It looked like a gold spine with ribs that extended to the sides. The spine became twin snake heads that extended to her shoulders.
Zendaya, 25, wore this dramatic dress to the Ballon d’Or ceremony, which took place in Paris, France. This annual ceremony honors the best male soccer players in the world.
This skeleton-inspired gown is a vintage look taken from Roberto Cavalli’s 2000 fall/winter collection. Roberto Cavalli is well-known for its snake-inspired designs.
Fausto Puglisi (designer) shared a close-up photograph of Zendaya’s gown’s back.
“I have loved Zendaya since day one!” This frock was re-edited for my girl! This frock was custom made for Queen Elizabeth! I’m in Heaven! “Beyond!” he wrote in the caption to Zendaya’s Instagram story.
He also uploaded a concept illustration showing Zendaya in the gown.
Roberto Cavalli also shared detail photos the dress on Instagram. He described the back as “spine jewel gold cage linked by micro-gold chains.”
The “Spider-Man” star wore a simple, pinned-up hairstyle to the event. This ensured that her hair didn’t overshadow her gown’s stunning feature. Her accessories were gold hoops, which echoed her warm, metallic color.
Many wondered if the dress was a tribute to Dr. Otto Octavius (aka Doc Ock), the “Spider-Man”) villain. Zendaya confirmed this theory after a fan suggested it. She posted it in her Instagram Story with the comment “We love a refernce,” according to Glamour.
Zendaya was joined by her “Spider-Man: no Way Home” co-star, Tom Holland. Many wondered if this was their first public appearance as a couple after speaking out about their rumored romance. They haven’t confirmed their relationship.