A Look at Zendaya’s Surprising, Risk-taking Red Carpet Style

When it comes to red carpet style, Zendaya hasn’t really undergone a red carpet evolution. Rather, the A-lister, who turns 23 today, has pushed the envelope forward with almost every one of her looks — meaning it’s impossible to predict what she’s going to wear next.

“For us, I don’t think we have a look. You can’t just look at something and say, ‘That’s Zendaya,'” her stylist, Law Roach, told FN. “As opposed you can look at some other people and say, ‘That’s very J.Lo, that’s very Gwen Stefani, that’s very Halle Berry.’ For us, every look is a new experience.”

The pair have been working together since 2011, when Roach put together Zendaya’s look for the premiere of Justin Bieber’s “Never Say Never” documentary. Early looks for the star were feminine and youthful, with booties, florals and tulle skirts.

Zendaya'Gnomeo & Juliet' film premiere, Los Angeles, America - 23 Jan 2011
Zendaya wearing a floral dress with booties at the 2011 premiere of “Gnomeo & Juliet” in L.A.
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ZendayaNickelodeon's 26th Annual Kids Choice Awards Arrivals, Los Angeles, America - 23 Mar 2013 WEARING ALICE & OLIVIA
Zendaya in Alice & Olivia at the Kids’ Choice Awards in 2013.
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As Zendaya began to mature beyond the Disney Channel, her style grew up, too — without becoming any less imaginative or fun. For instance, at the Met Gala in May, the actress played dress up in a Cinderella-inspired Tommy Hilfiger ball gown. (Roach even played the role of Fairy Godmother.)

Law Roach and ZendayaCostume Institute Benefit celebrating the opening of Camp: Notes on Fashion, Arrivals, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA - 06 May 2019
Law Roach and Zendaya at the 2019 Met Gala.
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Zendaya'Spider-Man: Far From Home' film premiere, Arrivals, TCL Chinese Theatre, Los Angeles, USA - 26 Jun 2019Wearing Giorgio Armani same outfit as catwalk model *10068432ce
Zendaya in an Armani Privé look inspired by Spider-Man’s superhero costume at the “Spider-Man: Far From Home” film premiere in June 2019.
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For footwear, styles from Christian Louboutin, Casadei and Le Silla — particularly sleek, pointy-toed pumps — have become favorites. Zendaya will sometimes go for a monochromatic look and other times opt for patterns aplenty, with each red carpet offering the opportunity to try something new.

Zendaya at the "Spider-Man: Homecoming" film premiere in LA wearing barbie pink ralph and russo gown, casadei shoes and bulgari jewelry
Zendaya is a life-size Barbie in a custom Ralph and Russo gown and Casadei pumps at the “Spider-Man: Homecoming” premiere in June 2017.
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Zendaya'Euphoria' TV Show Premiere, Arrivals, Pacific Cinerama Dome, Los Angeles, USA - 04 Jun 2019Wearing Nina Ricci, Shoes by Le Silla same outfit as catwalk model *10123880n
Zendaya in Le Silla pumps and a Nina Ricci dress at the premiere of “Euphoria” in June 2019.
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Androgynous looks, like a pair of sparkly pajamas or a pantsuit, have also made appearances in the “Euphoria” star’s wardrobe.

Zendaya'The Greatest Showman' film premiere, Mexico City, Mexico - 13 Dec 2017 WEARING RALPH LAUREN SAME OUTFIT AS CATWALK MODEL *9050716as
Zendaya wearing Ralph Lauren with Louboutin heels at the Mexico City premiere of “The Greatest Showman” in December 2017.
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Click through the gallery to see more of Zendaya’s red carpet style evolution.

In the video below, watch Zendaya accept the 2016 FN Achievement Award for Launch of the Year.

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