Oscars 2022 Countdown: Ariana DeBose-ology

Posted on March 24, 2022

It’s that time of year once again, darlings. As all of the nominees are at home moisturizing and limbering up for the big night, we take the last few days before the Oscars to do a different sort of prognosticating. We’ll let the film experts tell you who to bet on to take home the trophies on Sunday night, but we’re the mouthy red carpet pros who are here to tell you how they’re likely to show up. Let’s do a deep dive on Best Supporting Actress nominee and West Side Story star Ariana DeBose’s fashion journey leading all the way up to the Oscars.

*tinkly retrospective music*



In Atelier Versace at the 2021 Oscars

You can click on the caption above each entry to see what we wrote about each look at the time.  The previous year’s Oscar ceremony is a weird place to start one of these, but this film was in a holding pattern for years because of covid and we tend to see this look as something she would have worn to the Oscars had the film opened by then. It also makes a good summation of what your girl likes: bold colors, flamboyance, and loads of leg.




At the West Side Story New York premiere in Michael Kors

We said at the time that this would be better for a beach wedding and we stand by that, but again, it’s part of her whole cutouts-and-slits body-based style schtick, even if the white lace is uncharacteristic. She’s a dancer and she dresses like one for the red carpet.



At the West Side Story LA premiere in Giorgio Armani

This represents the last of her really flamboyant WSS promo styles. After this, she started dressing a little bit more like a nominee.



In Valentino Couture at the BAFTA Rising Stars Event

And while she clearly loves bold and bright colors, this is when she entered a strictly pink period.




In Valentino Couture at the SAG Awards

We noted at the time that she was leaning more towards prestige actress styles and going for more classic looks.




At the Oscar Nominees Luncheon in BOSS

While we don’t think she’s likely to wear a pantsuit at the Oscars, you should never say never, especially if you’re talking about one of the history making queer girl nominees. This is an example of how soft and borderline conservative her style has become closer to the big night.

Next up, her yellow period:


At the BAFTA Awards in Oscar de la Renta



At the Critics Choice Awards in Carolina Herrera 

She wore these back to back on the same weekend and they both felt like callbacks to her soon-to-be-iconic, in-all-the-ads yellow “America” dress. We can’t ever truly make hard predictions about how someone’s going to dress for the Oscars, especially since there’s a lot of pressure on them to stand out on that night; pressure which can often lead them to make rash or disastrous decisions. Still, it seems like a safe bet that Ariana DeBose is going to wear a bold color in a semi-classic style and there’s a decent chance she’ll be showing off those dancer’s legs.



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