Here’s A Look Back At Times Zendaya Dressed Perfectly On Theme While Promoting A Film After A Viral Tweet Claimed Margot Robbie Was The One To Start The “Trend” Before Her

“Anyways, here’s Zendaya dressing on theme of Spider-Man villains for No Way Home promo before Barbie even came out.”

Last summer, Margot Robbie served look after look on the Barbie press tour.

Closeup of Margot Robbie

From her striped Hervé Léger dress to her custom Schiaparelli Haute Couture gown, Margot — who starred in and helped produce the film — paid homage to a bunch of real-life Barbie dolls while on the press tour.

Margot Robbie poses in a black off-the-shoulder gown with a diamond necklace

Needless to say, Margot’s iconic outfits sparked heaps of praise at the time — as did her incredible performance in Barbie.

Margot Robbie in a shimmering sleeveless dress at a Barbie-themed event

But fast-forward to today, and Margot’s Barbie looks have become the subject of an online discourse surrounding the origins of dressing on theme while promoting a film.

Closeup of Margot Robbie

Last week, a post on X, once known as Twitter, gained traction after it suggested that Margot single-handedly started the “trend” of dressing on theme for a film while promoting it.

Closeup of Margot Robbie

“Barbie and Margot Robbie started a trend for press tours wherein leads are dressing in couture themed for their film for every appearance,” the post read, before mentioning Zendaya’s upcoming movie Challengers and Ariana Grande’s forthcoming project Wicked. At present, both Zendaya and Ariana have been dressing on theme of their respective projects ahead of their releases.

Now, it’s hard to note precisely when dressing on theme for a film while promoting it — now known as “method dressing” — became a thing, given that actors have repeatedly paid tribute to their projects through fashion for decades.

Closeup of Geena Davis

Here's Geena Davis wearing a dress with baseball stitching at the premiere of A League of Their Own in 1992, for example.

One actor who has become renowned for her method dressing is Zendaya — whose Challengers looks have remained a hot topic online over the past few weeks.

Zendaya in a sleeveless white dress at an event with a cathedral in the background

At the Australian premiere last month, for example, Zendaya — who portrays tennis player turned coach Tashi Duncan in the film — wore a gorgeous gown featuring a tennis player's silhouette.

Closeup of Zendaya

In Rome, she rocked a pair of literal tennis ball heels, and in London, she wore a stunning Thom Browne dress with tennis rackets embroidered onto it.

Closeup of Zendaya at a "Challengers" premiere

But, as several X users pointed out, this is far from the first time Zendaya has dressed perfectly on theme while promoting a film.

Zendaya wearing a white top with a bowtie, diamond earrings, and a red lipstick

Per the BBC, Zendaya recently said that she first started method dressing after starring in The Greatest Showman, noting that she was “inspired by the film.”

Closeup of Zendaya on a talk show

At the world premiere of the Michael Gracey musical, Zendaya memorable channeled a ringmaster — directly referencing the film’s protagonist, played by Zac Efron.

Zendaya in a shiny red blazer and black trousers at a fashion event

A couple of years later, Zendaya leaned into the art of method dressing again while promoting Spider-Man: Far from Home, in which she played Michelle “MJ” Jones-Watson.

Screenshot from "Spider-Man"

As fans will remember, Zendaya turned heads when she showed up in an aptly-colored red-and-black Armani Privé gown at the film's premiere. Her longtime stylist, Law Roach, said on Instagram of the look: “If she was Spider-Man, this would be her suit.”

Zendaya in a cut-out sequined dress at a Spider-Man premiere

By 2021, Zendaya had made numerous references to her films through her outfit choices. While promoting her next Spider-Man movie, No Way Home, the star not only paid tribute to the leading superhero with her iconic Valentino spider web dress, but she also nodded toward several MCU villains, like Dr. Octopus and the Green Goblin.

Zendaya in a mesh dress with a deep neckline at a movie premiere

Away from the Spider-Man franchise, Zendaya has more recently gained traction for her incredible method dressing ahead of the release of Dune: Part Two earlier this year.

Zendaya at a "Dune: Part Two" premiere

While promoting the Denis Villeneuve project, Zendaya turned heads in a series of iconic looks that perfectly referenced numerous aspects of the sci-fi film — including a vintage Mugler robot suit and an “electric circuit” jacket and skirt made by Givenchy.

Closeup of Zendaya in a fembot suit

Discussing Zendaya’s “intentional and purposeful” Dune: Part Two press looks back in February, Law Roach told Vogue, “We adopted method dressing. The looks served as an extension of the wardrobe from the movie.”

Closeup of Zendaya

So, with all of this in mind, several social media users found themselves defending Zendaya last week after the aforementioned viral tweet suggested that Margot leaned into the concept of method dressing far before her.

Closeup of Margot Robbie

“Pretty sure her and [Law] were also on theme for Dune 1 and if I *check my notes* Dune 1 came out in 2021,” one person tweeted.

Law Roach and Zendaya on the red carpet

“Girl, be for real… this was YEARS before even the idea of barbie,” someone else said.

Zendaya in a grey suit with embellishments, posing at an event

“…Zendaya has been doing it for a while now, long before Barbie. What????” one user wrote, while another said, “Anyways, here’s Zendaya dressing on theme of Spider-Man villains for No Way Home promo before Barbie even came out.”

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