Zendaya, the epitome of modern elegance and style, made a resounding statement at the Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2024 show during Paris Fashion Week, wearing a gown that was nothing short of a fashion revelation.
The Louis Vuitton dress Zendaya donned was a masterpiece, characterised by a daring plunge front created ingeniously with a long oversized zipper.
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This design innovation not only showcased her confidence but also marked a significant moment reminiscent of an iconic ensemble from the past… (whisper it) Elizabeth Hurley. Zendaya's gown, with its plunge front and distinctive hardware, can be seen as Gen Z's answer to Liz’s legendary safety pin dress, a fashion moment that defined the 1990s. Just as Hurley's dress became a symbol of daring and sensuality, Zendaya's gown just redefined modern glamour for a new generation.
The dress which was (of course) crafted by Louis Vuitton, a label Zendaya has been fronting since last year, not only paid homage to Hurley's audacious style but also evoked memories from the iconic ‘zip back’ dresses created by Roland Mouret and later Victoria Beckham.
Renowned for his figure-flattering designs Mouret once stated, "For me, the dress is for the lady, the zip is for the partner." This philosophy underscores the intimate relationship between the wearer and the observer, highlighting the transformative power of a well-placed zipper. Similarly, Victoria Beckham, with her eponymous fashion line, introduced the world to sleek and sophisticated dresses featuring statement zippers which snaked down the full back of the dress, creating a visual allure that was both modern and timeless.
Zendaya's gown not only embodied the spirit of these iconic designs but also added a contemporary twist. The gown's plunging front, achieved through the full length zip, perfectly captured the essence of the new generation's confidence and individuality. In this gown, Zendaya not only stunned the audience but also reminded us that fashion is constantly reinventing itself and drawing inspiration from the past to create groundbreaking moments that resonate across generations.