There’s a moment of celebrity style that’s really good, and then there’s a look that really sticks out with you, that you’ll want to recreate at home. In ‘Great Outfits in Fashion History, ‘Fashionista editors revisit their all-time favorite pervert.
Oprah Winfrey may be better known as a business woman and media mogul than as a pioneer of walking fashion, but that doesn’t mean she can’t appear on the red carpet. Although Winfrey has been drawn to mature and graceful looks for most of her career, one of my all-time favorite Winfrey looks is the kind of thing I could easily imagine a woman in her twenties in Brooklyn wearing a poetry reading.
This is the outfit Winfrey wore to the 1998 premiere of “Beloved” in California, based on the novel by Toni Morrison – and it’s quite an event, considering that years later, it still somehow only the ultimate cinematic rendering from one of Morrison’s novels. (Dear Hollywood: wyd?) It was a project that Winfrey fought and starred in that took 11 years to create, so it’s no wonder she wants to look her best when the film finally debuts.
For the occasion, she opted for a well-fitting, floor-length black dress with spaghetti straps and a low-cut front. The mesh lining adds a little more coverage but also a bit of edge, looking into a new cool category. In addition, Winfrey added a light jacket, as well as floor length, in golden brown silk with a red and white floral print. Diamond earrings and black patent leather shoes complete the ensemble.
It probably wouldn’t be difficult to recreate this look by heading over to your local vintage shop, but if you need help we’ve rounded up some starting points in the gallery below.
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