Janelle Monae Wore 168,000 Swarovski Crystals On The Oscars Red Carpet

The Dirty Computer singer donned a shimmering Ralph Lauren gown for the 92nd Academy Awards

Janelle Monae at the 2020 Oscars

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– Singer Janelle Monae donned a sleek and shimmering Ralph Lauren gown at the 92nd Academy Awards red carpet on Sunday evening.

– The gown—complete with an open back, long sleeves, and a draped hood—was constructed with over 168,000 Swarovski crystals and took over 600 hours of hand-embroidered work.

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Janelle Monae grabbed all the right type of attention when she made her debut on the 92nd annual Oscars red carpet this evening.

The “Make Me Feel” singer absolutely stunned in a sexy and shimmering silk lamé Ralph Lauren gown complete with a skin-baring open back, long sleeves, floor-length hem, and an attached, draped hood. According to WWD executive editor Booth Moore, the custom A-line creation was constructed with over 168,000 Swarovski crystals and demanded over 600 hours of hand embroidery in order to complete the jaw-dropping look.

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Janelle Monae at the 2020 Oscars

Photo: Amy Sussman / Getty

Monae’s headpiece concealed her signature, onyx-hued strands, but she did allow a sliver of bangs to peek out from beneath the cowl. She also opted for a tear-drop crystal choker to accessorize the ensemble. Monae paired the show-stopping dress with pared-down makeup, opting for fresh, old Hollywood-inspired beauty. She wore strong, brushed brows, glittery black cat-eye liner, flushed cheeks, and matte red lipstick.

Monae is scheduled to deliver a “special performance” at this evening’s Oscars ceremony—joining other performers lined up for this evening including Billie Eilish, Elton John and Idina Menzel. She also appeared in 2019’s Harriet, whose star Cynthia Erivo is nominated for Best Actress this year.

This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.

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