Guess Where Michaela Coel Gets Her Red Carpet Dresses From?

The I May Destroy You star has a secret source.

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by Natalie Hammond |
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Michaela Coel, creator of this summer’s smash-hit show I May Destroy You, has a unique red carpet formula. While other actor-writer-directors might look through options with a stylist, flicking through an edited rail and choosing one gown or another, Coel whips up her own creations - or wears something made by her mum.

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Michaela Coel at 2018's Black Panther premiere ©Getty

For 2018’s Black Panther premiere, Coel wore a plunging green-and-red print dress. According to [Glamour](, she tweeted that it was actually two skirts, bought from a stall outside Ghana’s Accra Mall, which she snipped apart and stitched into a dress with just two hours to go until the premiere.

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Michaela Coel at 2016's British Academy Television Awards ©Getty

The rainbow-coloured gown she wore to 2016’s British Academy Television Awards, meanwhile, was one of her mum’s creations. According to Buzzfeed, Coel, who won best female performance for a comedy programme with Chewing Gum, wrote on Instagram: ‘Thank you Mummy. She's actually a nurse, and occasionally does the clothes thing as a hobby...don't think she was quite ready for the amount of love for the dress 😂.’

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Michaela Coel at 2018's British Independent Film Awards ©Getty

The kente cloth minidress, a nod to her Ghanian heritage, has become something of a signature. She wore another plunging number, this time in maroon-and-white, with ruffled sleeves to the British Independent Film Awards in 2018, and has sported a sleeveless fuschia style twice, first with strappy sandals and then slipped over a white shirt.

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Michaela Coel at 2020's Prince's Trust Awards ©Getty

But while dresses might be her mainstay - always with a curveball accessory like trainers or lace-up hiking boots - she’s also a fan of separates. For this year’s Prince's Trust Awards, Coel chose sharp knee-length shorts and chunky mock-croc loafers. For 2019’s Elle party, she proved that head-to-toe black is still a fresh outfit formula, wearing a polo neck, skinny jeans and square-toed heels.

Keep scrolling for Michaela Coel’s best style moments.


SEE: Michaela Coel's Best Style Moments

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11 March 2020

At the Prince's Trust Awards in March 2020.

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2 February 2020

At Tiffany & Co's party in February 2020.

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19 June 2019

At The Elle List party in June 2019.

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3 April 2019

At Village Underground in April 2019.

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19 March 2019

At the Royal Television Society Awards in March 2019.

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7 December 2018

At the Women in Film and TV Awards in December 2018.

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2 December 2018

At the British Independent Film Awards in December 2018.

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15 October 2018

At the Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Women's Initiative Lunch in October 2018.

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12 October 2018

At the London Film Festival in October 2018.

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1 August 2018

At the Black Earth Rising photocall in August 2018.

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9 February 2018

At the Black Panther premiere in February 2018.

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6 October 2017

At the Black Mirror screening in October 2017.

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14 May 2017

At the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Awards in May 2017.

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11 April 2017

At the nominations announcement for the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards in April 2017.

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9 April 2017

At the Olivier Awards in April 2017.

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8 May 2016

At the British Academy Television Awards in May 2016.

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24 April 2016

At the British Academy Television Craft Awards in April 2016.

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21 April 2016

At the House of Fraser British Academy Television and Craft Nominees Party at The Mondrian Hotel in April 2016.

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