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Lily Gladstone's 2024 Oscars Dress Pays Homage to Native American Quillwork

She's up for her first Oscar for 'Killers of the Flower Moon.'

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Throughout this awards season, Lily Gladstone has been making history. She was the first Native American woman to be nominated for Best Actress, and tonight at the 2024 Oscars, she could continue that streak as the first to win. On red carpets this year, while promoting her work in Martin Scorsese's Killers of the Flower Moon, Gladstone has been paying homage to her Blackfeet heritage and highlighting Indigenous designers, such as her Omeasoo earrings at the Golden Globes and her Elias Jade Not Afraid earrings at the Oscar nominees luncheon, and her Oscars 'fit was no exception.

Gladstone, who previously told People that her Oscars look would be "ongoing proof that Indigenous design belongs on red carpets with luxury fashion in a very centerpiece kind of way," paid homage to her heritage with a blue velvet gown that featured quillwork details inspired by Native American artistry.

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Designed by Gucci creative director Sabato De Sarno and Indigenous artist Joe Big Mountain, according to Vogue. "Quillwork reflects the longest legacy of living craftsmanship in my corner of Indian Country,” Gladstone told the publication. “It is hugely culturally significant to so many nations, Blackfeet included."

The head-turning dress featured a fitted bodice lined with lighter blue fabric that was embroidered with white flowers – a detail that the actress carried through in her floor-grazing blue velvet cape. Her skirt's side slit showed off her strappy black platform heels as she was walking.

The star opted for soft romantic waves, which were styled over one shoulder, and berry makeup, including a rose-hued lip, matching blush, and a soft purple smokey eye. Gladstone complemented her Oscars gown with sparkling statement jewelry, including flower-inspired silver earrings, a chunky silver bracelet, and a blue choker necklace accentuated by a large blue stone, turquoise, and an intricate fan design.

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Gladstone was FaceTiming with her parents when this year's nominations were announced, and naturally, their reactions made the moment all the more special. “My mom had the camera flipped around, and she was filming the TV,” Gladstone told The Hollywood Reporter. “And I told her, ‘No. Mom, I don’t want to learn from like watching it through your phone. I wanna learn on your and dad’s faces.’ Sure enough, I could barely hear my name through the phone, but their reaction told me that it was a nod.”

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Related: Lily Gladstone Vows Not To Be the Last Native American Actress Nominated for an Oscar

Gladstone's nomination made her the first Native American acting nominee for Best Actress in Oscars history, and she told THR that she vows not to be the last. Additionally, she insisted that her nomination is connected to so many people, not just herself, and she wanted them to receive recognition, as well.

“It’s long overdue. I feel like it’s circumstantial that it’s me because there have been so many immense, incredible performances,” she said. “I stand on the shoulders of some unbelievable talent. Graham Greene and Chief Dan George have been nominated for their performances by the Academy. Wes Studi has his honorary Oscar. I think of Tantoo Cardinal’s entire career, and how it’s like she should have been here. Sheila Tousey: there’s no actress alive that surpasses Sheila’s talent.”

When she finally gets a chance to take some time off, Gladstone is planning to pay her respects to the Osage tribe and thank the people who came before her.

“Once all my interviews are wrapped up, I’m going to make my way around Osage County and just gonna do my little protocols and give thanks for what this nation, these people, this land has given all of us by sharing this story,” she shared. “Really, this performance and story is theirs. It’s something that I carried and wouldn’t have been possible without the input of Mollie’s family and her community. So, it just felt like I should be as close to [Mollie’s family] the Kyle sisters, to Mollie, her family, her daughter, to the real people and to their legacies, to their descendants.”

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