When Lupita Nyong’o stepped out onto the red carpet, a collective gasp was heard at the InStyle headquarters. Fashion’s favorite darling struck again at the 87th Academy Awards in an extraordinary custom pearl-and-ivory beaded Calvin Klein Collection creation, with Chopard diamonds.

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Instead of resorting to statement accessories, Nyong’o turned her dress into one statement jewelry piece. More than 6,000 pearls of five varying sizes and crystals were all painstakingly hand-sewn onto the mesh silk tulle masterpiece (that took months to create). As Oscar presenter this year, Nyong’o’s red carpet choice was perfection, embodying everything we want in a look—drama, sophistication, and class.

Lupita Nyong'o at the Oscars
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