Her Oscars look went viral for reasons that have divided opinion
A nominee this year in the best original song category, the Nigerian musician and producer Temilade Openiyi, also known as Tems, debuted one of the night’s more extravagant looks: a voluminous gown from the LA-based label Lever Couture. The dress featured a sculptural flourish of pleated and boned fabric strips that curved up through the bodice and around the head, seemingly frozen in space, and a skirt so full that it spilled over into the surrounding seats.
The bridal-style design was widely labeled as ethereal and angelic; it ranked highly on many social media users’ best-dressed lists, But others, however, took some issue with its scale.
Tems takes her seat in the Dolby Theatre for the 95th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday in Hollywood. Credit: Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images
In a digital landscape that increasingly rewards statement fashion and values quick viral moments, outlandish occasion wear is becoming more commonplace. Just last week, during the Fall-Winter 2023 fashion shows in Paris, one guest made headlines after sitting front row in pajamas, a face mask and full set of bedding — blocking the view of at least three people.
Tems’ Oscar look was not one to be overlooked. Credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images
Tems, meanwhile, is yet to address the conversation herself — hopefully because she’s made the most of her Oscars night even without a win to celebrate. And besides, cocooned as she was inside her dress, it’s very possible the controversy has missed her entirely.