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Everything Zendaya has worn to the Oscars, ranked from least to most iconic

Everything Zendaya has worn to the Oscars, ranked from least to most iconic
  • Zendaya is set to return to the Oscars on Sunday as an award presenter.

  • In past years, the "Dune" actor has made showstopping appearances in stunning fashion.

  • She's worn simple black dresses, a sharp suit, and iconic gowns.

Zendaya is officially set to return to the Oscars on Sunday.

The "Dune" star isn't nominated for an Academy Award, but according to the Hollywood Reporter, she'll attend as one of the event's presenters.

She's also likely to make a fashionable stop on the red carpet, as she's done on and off since her first appearance in 2015.

Here's a look at her past Oscars fashion, ranked from least to most iconic.

Zendaya looked chic at a pre-Oscars event in 2022, but her all-black outfit wasn't memorable.

Zendaya attends a 2022 pre-Oscars event in Los Angeles, California.
Zendaya attends a 2022 pre-Oscars event in Los Angeles, California.Donato Sardella/Getty Images

She attended the Saint Laurent event wearing a long-sleeved black gown with an open back and a floor-length skirt. The latter piece also had a slit down the middle, which revealed her Louboutin pumps.

The chic dress was styled effortlessly with chunky silver jewelry, a wavy hairstyle, and glowing makeup. But compared to her other Oscar ensembles, the overall look doesn't stand out.

Her princess-esque dress for a 2016 Oscar party was pretty but not iconic.

Zendaya attends a 2016 pre-Oscar party in Beverly Hills, California.
Zendaya attends a 2016 pre-Oscar party in Beverly Hills, California.Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images

Designed by Marchesa, her tan gown was made from netted fabric and covered with floral appliqué. It also had sheer short sleeves and sparkling crystal embellishments from top to bottom.

She kept her accessories minimal, wearing only rings and earrings, and sported a matte makeup look with slicked-back hair.

There's no question that Zendaya looked stunning, but the dress didn't match her usual bold style on the red carpet.

The actor had a glamorous moment at the 2018 Oscars.

Zendaya attends the 2018 Oscars in Hollywood, California.
Zendaya attends the 2018 Oscars in Hollywood, California.Valerie Macon/Getty Images

She walked the red carpet in a brown Giambattista Valli gown. It had ruched fabric, a single long sleeve that hung off her shoulder, and a flowing skirt that extended behind her as she walked.

The look was simple and elegant, making for a classic Oscars look. She completed it with diamond jewelry and a tall bun hairstyle.

Fans will remember her suit style at the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscars party.

Zendaya attends the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscars party in Beverly Hills, California.
Zendaya attends the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscars party in Beverly Hills, California.Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/Getty Images

Her Sportmax suit featured a sharp blazer with shoulder pads and a fitted waist, as well as long bootcut trousers. She also wore a purple button-up top, a black tie, and a diamond broach.

Her shining ponytail and sharp eye makeup perfectly complemented the edgy outfit, making for her most memorable Oscar party look to date.

The two-piece look she wore at the 2022 Oscars was red-carpet perfection.

Zendaya attends the 2022 Oscars in Hollywood, California.
Zendaya attends the 2022 Oscars in Hollywood, California.Angela Weiss/Getty Images

Valentino designed the now-iconic outfit, which included a high-waisted skirt covered in silver sparkles and a tiny satin crop top that revealed much of Zendaya's torso.

But the actor and her longtime stylist, Law Roach, didn't stop there. She also wore multiple diamond bangles, a wrap necklace, stud earrings, and an intentionally messy updo.

Zendaya cemented her status as a style star at the 2021 Oscars.

Zendaya attends the 2021 Oscars in Los Angeles, California.
Zendaya attends the 2021 Oscars in Los Angeles, California.Pool/Getty Images

It was hard to miss the actor on the red carpet as she arrived in a fluorescent-yellow gown designed by Valentino. The strapless look had a flowing short train that glided down the red carpet and a waist cutout in the front.

She wore the iconic dress, which was custom-made, with a long, wavy hairstyle and $6 million worth of Bulgari jewels.

Zendaya's first Oscars look remains her most iconic.

Zendaya attends the 2015 Oscars in Hollywood, California.
Zendaya attends the 2015 Oscars in Hollywood, California.Jason Merritt/Getty Images

She walked the 2015 Oscars red carpet in a white off-the-shoulder gown designed by Vivienne Westwood and had her hair styled in long locs.

Though she looked stunning, Zendaya was infamously criticized by E! News correspondent Giuliana Rancic, who said she assumed the actor smelled like "weed" and "patchouli oil."

But Zendaya pushed back, sharing a statement to Instagram at the time in which she said Rancic's "ignorant slurs" left her "in awe."

"My wearing my hair in locs on an Oscar red carpet was to showcase them in a positive light, to remind people of color that our hair is good enough," Zendaya wrote in 2015.

She later reflected on the experience while speaking with W Magazine in 2021 and said the Oscars incident was deeply impactful.

"That's how change happens," Zendaya told the publication. "And it made me think, 'How could I always have a lasting impact on what people saw and associated with people of color?'"

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