America Ferrera's "Barbie Fairytale Princess" Oscars 2024 Gown Took 400 Hours to Make

The Versace creation is a sight to behold.

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America Ferrera wears a Versace gown styled by Karla Welch and Pomellato jewelry.
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If there’s one thing about America Ferrera, it’s that the star knows how to put on a show—and not just on the big screen.  

While walking the 96th Academy Awards red carpet on Sunday, March 10, the Barbie actress turned heads in a sizzling hot pink Versace gown that apparently took 400 hours to make and required the nimble hands of seven tailors, ABC News reported.

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America Ferrera arrives on the Oscars red carpet in a dazzling Versace gown.

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Ferrera’s ornate dress was entirely made of pink chainmail that created an ethereal glow. The silhouette of her gown featured a square neckline and a sculpting bodycon shape that flowed into a subtle trail. 

For the momentous occasion, the 39-year-old actress completed her look with a pair of simple stud earrings, but decided to go bold with her necklace. She flaunted an elegant silver collar decorated with beaming gems, which undoubtedly added an opulent touch.

"It feels like a princess fairytale moment," Ferrera told E! News. "Princess fairytale Barbie, that's me."

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The actress wore a charming makeup look featuring a soft smoky eye, pink blush, and a nude lip.

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As for her glam, Ferrera leaned into a charming makeup look, opting for a soft smokey eye, pink blush, and a nude lip. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants star wore her silky dark brown hair in a classy bob parted to the side.

Before she hit the carpet, Ferrera gave her followers a behind-the-scenes look into her glam process, posting a quick video of herself on her Instagram story while getting her hair and skin primed.

Her stylist, Karla Welch, also shared a behind-the-scenes video of the look coming together. "We thought we'd save the pink for last!" she captioned footage of Ferrera posing in her gown.

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Ferrera’s dazzling red carpet look follows a more laid-back outfit that she wore just one day before. On Saturday, March 9, Ferrera attended the annual Chanel and Charles Finch Pre-Oscar dinner alongside Margot Robbie at the historical Beverly Hills Hotel. The actress wore a chic all-black Chanel outfit, consisting of a satin asymmetrical top and a belted pair of trousers. She finished her look with an embellished Chanel chain bag, black pumps, and a chunky gold bracelet. 

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America Ferrera pictured at the annual Chanel and Charles Finch Pre-Oscar dinner.

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Tonight, Ferrera has a chance to walk away with a glimmering gold Academy Award, as she's been nominated for the Best Supporting Actress for her role in Barbie.

"It's so surreal and a dream come true for me," Ferrera told Entertainment Weekly when asked about her nomination. "I can so viscerally remember being a kid watching the Academy Awards and watching Halle Berry win, watching Julia Roberts win, and just dreaming one day that I would be in that room,” she added. 

Lauren Tappan
Fashion Editor

Lauren is the Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, where she writes trend reports, shopping pieces, and celebrity news stories. Prior to Marie Claire, Lauren worked for Harper’s Bazaar and ELLE as a freelance editor with a specific focus on seasonal styles and coveted products. She also worked for Town & Country, where she developed a robust portfolio of fashion roundups and designer profiles.

Lauren graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in communications and a minor in journalism. While attending Penn, Lauren contributed to the university's fashion magazine, The Walk, while also interning for Philadelphia Style Magazine and EveryStylishGirl.

When she’s not exploring the world of fashion, you can find Lauren sharpening her skills as DJ, discovering new restaurants in New York City (she’s a foodie), and spending quality time with friends and family. Follow her along at @laurenktappan.