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Sometimes a fashion moment—on the red carpet or otherwise—is so smashingly spectacular it can soon fade into a feeling of despair. How can it ever be topped? Will we ever see something quite so grand again? That was the case with Zendaya’s recent appearance at the London premiere of Dune: Part 2. After years of creating red carpet magic alongside image architect Law Roach, she reached a new apex by walking out in a robotic suit from Thierry Mugler’s 1995 couture collection. The outfit left fashion fanatics stunned and wondering how the actress has even managed to source it (despite being an iconic part of Mugler’s oeuvre, the piece never had a major off-the-runway celebrity moment—not even Lady Gaga had pulled it for a music video). The look even impressed those who have no interest at all in fashion history.

The moment not only made Instagram feeds and front pages around the world, but it also felt like Zendaya definitively won a sort of informal red carpet contest. In recent years, fashionable Hollywood starlets have proved both their own fashion bonafides and the power of their stardom by pulling landmark archival dresses. Zendaya has always been the head of that leaderboard, but the Mugler robosuit felt like she had crossed the finish line, ending the competition forever. Never mind wondering “how can anyone ever top it?”—can Zendaya outshine herself?

Then again—as the furor around Kim Kardashian wearing a historic gown once donned by Marilyn Monroe proved at the 2022 Met Gala—sometimes dipping into the archive can backfire. Some dresses are seen as too sacred to wear again. Wearing, say, one of Princess Diana’s iconic dresses might feel in poor taste. Just because you can pull something doesn’t mean you should.

Still, we can’t help but wonder what, if anything,

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