Photographer: Hunter Abrams
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Stylist: Wayman Bannerman & Micah McDonald 
Outfit: custom Gucci by Alessandro Michele
Makeup Artist: Allan Avendaño assisted by Ruby Vo using Gucci Beauty
Hairstylist: Christopher LeNeo
Manicurist: Thuy Nguyen
Massage Therapist: Shirlei x Shila Beauty Center
Shoes: Gucci
Jewelry: David Webb

I’ve been wanting to write about Jodie Turner-Smith‘s ensemble for last year’s Academy Museum Gala for the longest time. Today I finally made it.

For me it was love at first sight: a mix of fabrics, motifs and colors that made my heart beat, especially when it came to such a chameleon as the Black actress.

Let’s get into it.

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Turner-Smith turned heads in a magnificent custom Gucci green dress with a plunging V neckline and feathered light blue hem, paired with (from what we could gather from the tip of the shoe) black Gucci Angel leather platform pumps.

She also accessorized the look with an abundance of David Webb jewels: a pair of Pentagon Bamboo earrings featuring brilliant-cut diamonds, black enamel, 18k gold and platinum, a Crown ring featuring a Cabochon amethyst, turquoise and emerald gemstones on her right pinky, a Gap ring on her left pinky, a Scallop ring on her left index finger and a diamond Spool ring on her left ring finger.

She is undoubtedly a jewelry queen–there is no red carpet where you’ll see her not wearing the most opulent jewelry and in the chicest of ways. That’s probably how I’d picture my life if I had her money or beauty.

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One of her distinctive traits is also her ability to serve as a canvas for the best makeup artists out there, indeed this time her face was graced by the expert hands of Allan Avendaño, a master of his craft.

The reflective green eye pencil he used on her lower lash line was a sort of continuation of her dress, and can we also talk about the light blue hue that we can see through her hair? Courtesy of Christopher LeNeo.

Her nails were painted in a pink-ish hue by Thuy Nguyen, who also created a glittery French gradient on them to match the dress’ embroideries.

I am a fan of the work of stylists Wayman Bannerman and Micah McDonald. They are so joyful and colorful when they approach a red carpet appearance. They dare, they play and they always surprise you with things you haven’t seen before, even when they dress men (which is not the norm usually).

I am always delighted when they take on new clients because I am curious to know how they’ll spin things around to create their next masterpiece. They are such humble and competent professionals.


The Academy Museum Gala is an event dedicated to celebrating the art and history of film.

Last year, the Gala was presented by Rolex, and marked the one-year anniversary of the Academy Museum, the largest museum in the United States devoted to the arts, sciences, and artists of moviemaking.

They honored four artists of the filmmaking business: Miky Lee (executive producer for Parasite and Snowpiercer); Tilda Swinton, Michael Clayton, director Steve McQueen and Julia Roberts, recipient of the Icon Award.

According to Variety, over $10 millions were collected in donations during the night.

Video courtesy of Wayman and Micah
@gq_germany Jodie Turner-Smith floats across the #RedCarpet ♬ GUY.exe (Remix) – daizy
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