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Great Outfits in Fashion History: Cicely Tyson’s 2006 Ivory Robe Dress

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She is beauty, she is grace.

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There are perfectly good celebrity style moments, and then there are the looks that really stick with you, the ones you try desperately to recreate at home. In ‘Great Outfits in Fashion History,’ Fashionista editors are revisiting their all-time favorite lewks.

Perhaps the reason why the fashion of Cicely Tyson has resonated with me so strongly is that it greatly reminds me of my grandmother. (Love you, Grammy.) There was a timelessness and high level of classiness to everything Tyson wore that I can only aspire to have within my own sense of style. Case in point: her gorgeous look from the 2006 Black Movie Awards — the embodiment of chicness.

The late actor walked the red carpet in a pleated ivory robe dress that was perfectly accessorized with fabulous opera gloves, a red beaded choker, small drop earrings, gold T-strap kitten heels and matching clutch. Her beauty was equally glamorous: red blush, light eyeliner, brownie-glazed lip.

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Nearly 17 years later, her outfit is revered for the same amount of sophistication and refinement that it encapsulated when it was first unveiled on the red carpet. 

As she got older, Tyson was a testament that age doesn’t matter when it comes to fashion. Even after she hit 90, there was no opulent gown, dramatic hat or glam that was too much, as proven by her feather-embroidered 2019 Oscars gown by B Michael. All the way to her last appearance, the actor committed to serving a look, thus solidifying her fashion legacy.

Check out some pieces inspired by her 2006 Black Movie Awards look.

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A.L.C. Delfina Pleated Long Asymmetric One-Shoulder Dress, $695, available here (sizes 0-10)

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Andrea Iyamah Pearl Robe, $763 (from $1,017), available here (sizes 4-16)

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Issey Miyake Linen-Like Pleats Asymmetric Midi Dress, $1,045, available here (one size)

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BCGBMAXAZRIA Pleated Long Evening Dress, $359 (from $398), available here (sizes XS-XL)

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Brandon Maxwell The Florence Dress in Drapey Twill, $1,158 (from $2,895), available here (sizes 0-14)

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