Brie Larson wears Gucci at the 2016 Oscars

Gucci scored fashion’s equivalent of the golden goose at Sunday’s Oscars by dressing Best Actress Brie Larson. Her blue custom-made gown made a strong statement colorwise, even if it might not have been creative director Alessandro Michele’s most daring design stylewise.

The designer, who attended the 88th Academy Awards ceremony with actor and male muse Jared Leto, explained the genesis of the dress to WWD at the Vanity Fair after party.

“Brie wanted to do something blue like the color of lapis lazuli or the Maid [Virgin] Mary paintings of the Renaissance,” he said. “It’s not a common color for an evening dress.” Of working with the actress, he said, “I like her very much and I am happy to see her win. It’s all a dream, creating clothes for such artists.”

Michele seemed game to chat longer, but Leto kept tugging on his arm, wanting to mingle with the crowd. But the designer lingered a minute longer to offer his thoughts on the actor, too, for whom he designed a red-piped black suit. “Jared sought me out to work with him. I like that he is a risk-taker, he doesn’t care what people think. And he looks amazing tonight.”

Earlier, Larson told reporters backstage after her win, “Everything about this experience down to the way that I have handled it, the way that I felt about it, the dress that I’m wearing, everything has been very pointedly about it being a representation of who I am. And I feel really strong and excited to be holding this gold guy that I do feel like it is an incredible metaphor for how I feel inside.”

Larson may indeed have blue skies ahead in her career and her life. For Gucci, like the mythical bird, a gown worn by a pretty, young and verbal Best Actress winner is the gift that keeps on giving.

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