Best Dressed: the Academy Museum’s Opening Gala
September 27, 2021
Penelope Trent

Next week marks the official opening of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles. The museum, dedicated to the cultural impact of film, will be the first of its kind established in the United States. To celebrate the occasion, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hosted an Opening Gala at the venue. And, as expected, Hollywood’s elite showed up in a glamorous range of show-stopping looks. So, without further ado, here are some of the best-dressed stars from the Academy Museum’s Opening Gala green carpet.


Lady Gaga


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Lady Gaga proved once again that when it comes to red carpet looks, she doesn’t come to play. The Oscar-winning singer lived up to expectations on Saturday, wearing an extra-dramatic look, which was heavily reminiscent of old Hollywood glamour. Gaga wore a long black velvet custom gown by Schiaparelli, which featured a giant sky blue satin shawl/overcoat/sleeves. The star completed the look with a Marilyn-blonde bouffant updo, bronze-toned shimmery eyeshadow, ’60s-inspired cat eyeliner, and large dangling diamond earrings.


Kaia Gerber


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Kaia Gerber sure knows how to make a memorable walk down the carpet! After a year of dating, Gerber made her red carpet debut with boyfriend Jacob Elordi, wearing a classic look with a modern twist. The model was spotted wearing a dazzling floor-length slip dress and stilettos, both in a champagne shade by Celine. To add even more luxury to the look Gerber accessories were a simple diamond necklace and earrings by Tiffany & Co.


Nicole Kidman


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With her return to the red carpet, Nicole Kidman also brought back her natural curls. While there are plenty of gowns at such galas, Kidman opted for something calf-length with plenty of flare. The actress wore a Rodarte hand-beaded floral embellished dress from the Spring 2022 collection that stood out for being daring and playful. Kidman completed the look with tan pumps and a black Giuseppe Zanotti Cleopatra clutch.


Tessa Thompson


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Actress Tessa Thompson is always one to look for at red carpets, and Saturday’s green carpet was no exception. Thompson wore a Dior Haute Couture Fall 2021 gown, which featured a cascade of tweed feathers in shades of greige. The Westworld actress completed her look with Effy jewelry, a black Dior belt, and a pair of Stuart Weitzman sandals.


Halle Berry


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At this point, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that Halle Berry looks stunning in everything and everywhere. Arriving on the red carpet on Saturday night, Berry wore a puff-sleeve black Etro minidress from the brand’s fall ’20 collection. The dress featured see-through puff sleeves, a flared skirt, and a plunging neckline. The Oscar-winning actress completed the look with satin platform heel from Dolce & Gabbana and a simple golden bracelet from Cartier.


Gabrielle Union


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Gabrielle Union brought dramatic glamour to the opening gala for the Acadamy Museum of Motion Pictures. The actress stepped out to the carpet in style, wearing Alexandre Vauthier Fall 2021 Couture looks. Union’s outfit was made out of a sheer black Alexandre Vauthier cape dress and a plunging bodysuit. Union completed her look with a set of classic black sandals from Sarah Flint, Le Vian earrings, a Kallati bracelet, and a Djula ring.


Laverne Cox


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Laverne Cox owned the green carpet at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Opening Gala on Saturday. Wearing a silver pleated gown and accompanying cape custom-made by Johanna Johnson, Cox looked as angelic as ever. Styled by Christina Joy Pacelli, the Promising Young Woman actress accessorized her look with silver Beladora jewelry, a diamond-shaped Judith Leiber clutch, bedazzled Garo Sparo gloves, and clear pumps.


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