You Will R-E-S-P-E-C-T Jennifer Hudson's Jaw-Dropping Purple Gown

Jennifer Hudson was dressed the part of an iconic star when she stepped out at the Respect premiere in a dazzling Dolce & Gabbana sequin gown. See the head-turning look here.

By Samantha Schnurr Aug 10, 2021 5:48 PMTags

She's playing the queen of soul, so it makes sense that Jennifer Hudson would look like royalty on the Respect red carpet. 

The Oscar winner, who portrays the late Aretha Franklin in the upcoming biopic, made a major splash when she stepped out at the Los Angeles premiere of the highly anticipated movie on Aug. 8. Shimmering in a custom purple sequin strapless gown by Dolce & Gabbana, accented by a train and equally dramatic matching veil, the star of the film certainly did not go unnoticed. In fact, the internet was quickly abuzz over the stunning ensemble with fans praising the look, reminiscent of Franklin's own dazzling outfits. 

"I'm hearing good reviews from those who are fortunate enough to had seen a advance screening," one tweet read, "But Jennifer in the Purple dress is worth an Academy award on It's  own merit." 

If fans have hearts in their eyes over Hudson's latest look, it sounds like there's plenty more breathtaking style in store in the film, out Friday, Aug. 13. 

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"I know I fitted 82 costumes," Hudson told Oprah Winfrey of costume designer Clint Ramos' work. "I think they ended up using 50...It was a huge part of the storytelling in who she was."


The '60s were a significant time period in Franklin's life, so viewers can expect to see the glamorous prints, feathers and sequins of that era, along with the star's more toned-down offstage looks.

"Jennifer was deeply committed to this role and she prepared for months before shooting," Ramos told British Vogue. "We did what seemed like hundreds of hours of fittings and she was tireless and egoless throughout."