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

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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