It's the first season that the musician and actress has done a full-fledged awards season being recognized chiefly for her on-screen talents. And it was Monáe's very first Oscars, ever.
For the big-ticket step-and-repeat preceding the big event, she made jaws drop with this Elie Saab fall 2016 gown that's drawing numerous Marie Antoinette comparisons on Twitter (as well as some very apropos "came to slay" descriptives). The voluminously-skirted gown is decked out in embellishment, including an intricately-beaded, sheer paneled bodice.
She always makes unexpected fashion choices (down to her clutch and mani coordination), but it's pretty safe to say she's making the most of it this season. Check out a few highlights, ahead.