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BET Awards: How Tracee Ellis Ross' Mugler Moment Came Together

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First Rihanna, now Tracee Ellis Ross, is vintage Mugler having a red-carpet moment? Stylist Julie Matos gives us the 411.

Tracee Ellis Ross turned heads when she stepped out in a powerful, long-sleeve python print dress, completely covered in clear sequins, on Sunday night for the BET Awards. It turns out it was a Thierry Mugler piece from Shrimpton Couture, an online destination that sources vintage and vintage couture.

Ross' stylist, Julie Matos, chose the fierce, curve-hugging look for the Black-ish actress because she was "feeling a '80s/'90s vibe that was sleek and modern. My inspiration was a modern-day Eartha Kitt," Matos tells Pret-a-Reporter.

Though there were other outfit options, Matos says, "As soon as Tracee slipped it on, we instantly knew it was the look!" She adds, "Nothing compared to the way she felt and looked in Mugler."


SEALED WITH A HISS: Tracee Ellis Ross in a vintage python-print Thierry Mugler dress at the 2016 BET Awards. (Photo: Getty Images)

Matos, who has styled the likes of Chelsea Handler and Sofia Vergara on magazine covers (Redbook and Health, respectively), says Shrimpton Couture is "definitely one of my go-tos" for one-of-a-kind pieces. "I've been a longtime lover and collector of vintage fashion. Over the years I have worked with numerous archives, vintage houses and collectors."

Ross is just the latest celebrity to bring Mugler back on the red carpet. At this year's Billboard Music Awards, Rihanna wore a vintage shirtdress by the French designer who rose to fame in the 1980s and 90s by reworking masculine tailoring into powerfully sexy, broad-shouldered feminine silhouettes. At the Much Music Awards, Gigi Hadid wore a scarlet pantsuit from Mugler's resort 2017 collection designed by David Koma.

Could this be the resurgence of Mugler on the red carpet?

"Bringing him back is a must," says the stylist. "Thierry Mugler is known for his sexy, sculpted and tailored pieces — making him perfect for red carpets."

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