Yara Shahidi's Met Gala gown honoured 1920s heroine Josephine Baker
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Yara Shahidi's Met Gala gown paid homage to the late Josephine Baker.

The 'Black-ish' star recently became the face of Dior and teamed up with the French fashion house and her stylist Jason Bolden to honour the American-born French entertainer, French Resistance agent, and civil rights activist - who devoted much of her life to fighting racism - with her 1920s-style look at the fashion fundraiser in New York on Monday night (13.09.21).

The 21-year-old actress, model and activist told Vogue: “My goal was to pay homage to [a] powerhouse renegade black American artist.

“I just hope I was able to do that.”

And they were in luck, as Christian Dior was a friend of Josephine - who died of a bleed on the brain (Cerebral Hemorrhage), aged 68, on April 12, 1975 - and they were able to browse the Dior archives for inspiration.

Bolden said: “We start from a place of inspiration.

"Sometimes that is history; sometimes it’s culture - we always begin somewhere interesting.

“We used archival photos [during research],” says Bolden. “The ones we loved most were from her American tour where she wore only Dior!”

They ended up going for an embroidered dress complete with a tulle cloak.

To top off the dazzling ensemble, they accessorised with a veil, gloves, and a Cartier necklace made of yellow diamonds and onyx.

Bolden gushed: "Seeing her on the carpet felt like magic."

On the gala's theme of ‘In America: A Lexicon of Fashion’, Yara added: “It’s so interesting. Even though the focus was “American fashion” it’s clear that the perspective is global.”

This article originally ran on celebretainment.com.

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