Zendaya Looked Incredible In A 66-Year Old Balmain Dress At The NAACP Image Awards

The woman knows how to raid the archives.

Zendaya wearing 1956 Pierre Balmain

by Natalie Hammond |

Swoon. The only possible word to describe Zendaya, in general but also specifically at the NAACP Image Awards. Posting on Instagram, Zendaya revealed the dress with a shot taken on her Leica M10: a vintage gown that was 1956 Pierre Balmain.

With its swooshing skirt (so big that it couldn't all fit in the frame) and its sculpted waist - not to mention the pose (eyes up, elbows out), it felt like a tribute to Old Hollywood. Zendaya was nominated for her performance in Malcom & Marie - where she plays one half of a couple that frays before the audience's eyes - but lost out to Jennifer Hudson.

She - and her image architect Law Roach - are famous fans of vintage - and have been rather pioneering when it comes to wearing old rather than new on the red carpet.

She's had several vintage moments with Versace, from last year's BET Awards (where she wore a dress from SS03, a homage to Beyoncé) and at 2020's Green Carpet Awards (where she travelled even further back in time with a beaded gown from Fall 1996, the year she was born).

Zendaya wearing vintage Valentino
Zendaya wearing vintage Valentino ©Getty

And on the promo trail for the latest season of Euphoria, Zendaya pulled a blinder in vintage Valentino; a black-and-white striped gown from its spring collection in 1992 (originally modelled by Linda Evangelista).


SHOP: The Best Vintage Sellers And Shops Online

Nina Gabbana Vintage
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The source of Rihanna's blue Dior by John Galliano beaded choker, Nina Gabbana Vintage is run by Marie Laboucarié from her apartment in Paris. She mainly sells '90s and '00s pieces from designers including Dolce and Gabbana, Dior, Gucci, Fendi and more. Well, if it's good enough for Rihanna...

May de Vere Vintage
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If you're looking for a showstopper of an outfit that nobody else will have even seen, May de Vere is your answer. There are glittering sequined pieces, puff sleeve party frocks and wonderfully over-the-top, frothy concoctions with oversized bow details. There are more understated options, too, but it's almost impossible to resist the frills and flourishes on offer. Every piece is a one-off and can be purchased via Instagram.

ASOS Marketplace
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While you might not think of ASOS as the most obvious choice when it comes to buying vintage, there are actually a number of brilliant sellers on the brand's Marketplace. It's one of the best places to look for pre-loved designer pieces, some of which are very affordable. While many of the boutiques are worth checking frequently, look out also for The Rare Edit, a a limited curated collection of rare designer vintage pieces. Follow @asosmarketplace on Instagram to keep tabs on when the next drop will happen.

Darling & Vintage
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Cassie set up Darling & Vintage as a store on Etsy, where she still sells everything from embroidered 1950s jackets to sun dresses and '70s maxis. It's certainly worth following her on Instagram, however, where she announces new items for sale. Given the speed at which most of them tend to sell, it's best to keep a close eye on her posts!

Bonjour Vintage
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A relatively new venture from influencer Rachael Clifton, this is a great Instagram account to follow if you're in the market for stand-out pieces you could wear every day. Think excellent accessories and statement jackets, all of which can be bought via DM.

A Virtual Vintage Market
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Not only will you find live markets that you can follow via Instagram (a very welcome way to spend yet another day in lockdown), you'll also find information on independent sellers around the world, giving you plenty of options. One of the founders has also established Peony Vintage, which allows you to shop pieces directly from the website.

Retold Vintage
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Every piece is handpicked by owner Clare Lewis, who favours modern, directional pieces that are built to last. As well as clothes that work for every day, Retold also offers a personal shopping service for prospective brides.

Rokit Vintage
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A vintage stalwart in London, Rokit is a treasure trove packed with everything from perfect party dresses to knitwear, shoes, belts and bags. If you can't find something you love here, then you're possibly just not looking hard enough. Best of all, there's something for every budget.

Imparfaite Paris
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Imparfaite offers a curated selection of pre-loved clothes and accessories from France's most beloved vintage shops. From Gucci bags to Levi's shorts, this is certainly the place to find pieces that will collect compliments and become some of your favourite clothes in your wardrobe.

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