Kerry Washington’s Oscar Dress Gave Me Major Grace Jones Vibes!

While watching Kerry Washington‘s Oscars red carpet interview, on ABC, her Atelier Versace dress instantly reminded me of a pop culture moment courtesy of Pee-Wee!

The black leather top of Washington’s dress screamed (to me) the outfit Grace Jones wore during her rendition of “Little Drummer Boy” on the epic TV special Christmas at Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, in 1988.

attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California.
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See the similarity of how the tops are cinched at the waist and the bust has a kind of pronounced shield shape? I found Washington’s dress edgy for the Academy Awards gave the red carpet a touch of Mad Max rock ‘n roll chic, usually reserved for the VMAs.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Kerry Washington attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 28: Actress Kerry Washington attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

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Watch the Jones’ performance from the ’80s special below!

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