Actor Taraji P. Henson’s red carpet looks have been as varied as her roles. Whatever she wears, it’s clear that the star is confident in her own personal style—and her stunning Vera Wang gown at the 2019 Emmys only proves the point. The gown took more than 200 hours to make and features a corset foundation, hand-draped French tulle, and an “aurora borealis” beaded belt. “Red carpets are always a bit hectic, but that’s why I like to wear Vera Wang,” says Henson. “She builds the best dresses and always makes me feel like I can take on any carpet.”
Looking absolutely dazzling in Wang’s showstopping fuchsia and scarlet Watteau-back gown, Henson practically floated down the carpet. The star has been a fan of Wang—and her dramatic designs—for some time. “I’ve known Vera a long time,” she tells Vogue. “She’s one of my really good girlfriends and she makes me laugh so hard.”
Of course, even with the perfect dress, appearing on any award show carpet is a bit stressful (the paparazzi, the interviews, the instant social media judgment of it all). But the veteran actor rarely gets rattled (experience helps and, honestly, so does a stellar glam team.) Here, the star shares with Vogue the details of her getting-ready ritual—and what went into choosing that gorgeous confection of an Emmy dress.