Article taken from PEOPLE.

The actress stylist Elizabeth Stewart tells PEOPLE all about the powerful statement behind Davis colorful dress.

Viola Davis 2021 Golden Globes fashion moment had an impactful meaning behind it.

The multi-hyphenate star wanted a dress that spoke to her specifically as a Black woman, according to her stylistElizabeth Stewart, so Davis and Stewart collaborated with Black designer Claude Kameni, the founder of Los Angeles-based brandLavie By CK.

Its all about rethinking glamour and couture on the red carpet in the age of diversity and inclusivity, Stewart tells PEOPLE. Its still an arena that needs cultural specificity.

Calling the look bold, vibrant and strong, just like Viola, Stewart says the custom gown designed by Kameni was inspired by African royalty.

Viola is royalty to me, Stewart shares.

The dress features a silk cotton African print from a fabric that is made in Kamenis home country of Cameroon, where the designers love of fashion began.

Davis has worn Kamenis designs before, includingin the spread for her 2020Vanity Fairphoto shoot. The designer took to social media to share her excitement over working with Davis once again on this memorable Golden Globes fashion moment.

It was such a pleasure making this gown for Viola Davis. Finding out she would wear it to the Golden Globe awards was the icing on the cake. She definitely violated the gown. We wanted to create a dress that showcased viola in a different light but still make it her own sense of style. We nailed it, she wrote.

Davis teamed her meaningful gown with Stuart Weitzman shoes, Pomellato jewelry, a Gabo Guzzo clutch and a beautiful hair and makeup moment created byJamika WilsonandAutumn Moultrie, respectively.

Makeup pro Moultrie created Davis glowy beauty moment using items from LOreals Revitalift Age Perfect makeup collection, including theAge Perfect Radiant Serum Foundation SPF 50andAge Perfect Radiant Concealer with Hydrating Serum under the eyes and to highlight cheekbones.

On the eyes, Moultrie opted for a bold dark look usingAge Perfect Satin Glide Eyelinerin Black followed byVoluminous Mascara. To complete the look, lips were lined withAge Perfect Anti Feathering Liplinerand topped withAge Perfect Satin Lipstick.

We wanted the dress to take center stage, so we chose to keep Violas makeup minimal, Moultrie tells PEOPLE. I loved Violas choice of color for the dress because her bold choice redefines the notion of beauty and what it means to be adorned. Her choice recognizes the cultural specificity of African cloth as beautiful, as something to be worn to an awards show not only the European designers.

Moultrie adds that working with Davis is always a collaborative process.

Viola always has a sense of what she wants before I walk in, but we work together to create the final look, she says. The dress always helps choose the direction for glam and for last nights look, we wanted the powerful bold colors of the dress to take center stage.

Davis has been a mainstay on the Golden Globes red carpet over the past decade and never shies away from bold color or statement-making accessories. Some of her biggest hits? The velvet Brandon Maxwell gown with sweetheart neckline (teamed with a 111-carat Harry Winston necklace, plus a Tyler Ellis clutch!) worn in 2018, the vibrant yellow, one-shoulder Michael Kors Collection sequin gown in 2017, a romantic and ethereal crystal-covered Marchesa gown in 2016 and a strapless fire engine red Donna Karan Atelier creation in 2015.

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