Whitney Houston is one of the most awarded female vocalists of all time. Her music brought comfort and joy to fans around the world. With that being said, her iconic red velvet dress from 1996 was recently worn by Kerry Washington.

Washington wore the iconic piece of clothing to Sunday’s American Black Film Festival Honors. The actress walked the red carpet in the exact same velvet halter Marc Bouwer gown that Whitney Houston wore to the BET Walk of Fame Awards Gala in 1996. Washington took to her Instagram to share a video of herself lip-syncing to the late diva’s hit song “I Have Nothing” in the OG style.

No lies told. Whitney Houston’s ACTUAL dress she wore. Sooooo incredibly special. #ABFFAwards here I come,” she wrote in the caption.

Law Roach, Washington’s stylist, also shared images of his client and Houston wearing the red gown on Instagram to commemorate the special occasion. “And then THIS happened…Thank you @marcbouwer for letting me go into your archives and borrow Whitney’s dress for @kerrywashington,” Roach wrote.


Many fans were thrilled to see Houston’s dress get a second life. “This is a colliding of worlds that I never knew I needed,” one user wrote on Washington’s Instagram post, while another user commented, “I guarantee Whitney is honored an iconic queen like you is wearing it.”

Washington accessorized the iconic gown with Gismondi 1754 jewelry and matching red pointed-toe pumps. Keep an eye on Thirsty For News to get the latest updates.

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