Mindy Kaling's Head-Scratching Oscars Outfit Change Will Make You Do a Double Take

Mindy Kaling made a fabulous entrance at the Oscars 2023 red carpet in a white custom Vera Wang dress, but later in the March 12 show, she switched it up for a daring black version. See below!

By Alyssa Morin Mar 13, 2023 7:18 PMTags
Watch: Why Mindy Kaling Wore The Same Dress In Two Colors

Fashion show, fashion show at the Oscars.

Mindy Kaling made an interesting outfit change when she presented Best Original Score with John Cho at the March 12 ceremony at Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre. The Office alum graced the stage in a daring black dress that looked identical to the white-hot custom Vera Wang gown she wore on the red carpet. (See all of the fabulous arrivals here.)

Both designs featured a plunging neckline with a bustier-like top, a cutout corset bodice and a slick-straight bottom half that included pointed collars at the hips. As if that weren't eye-catching enough, Mindy's gown also consisted of detached bell sleeves.

The Velma actress completed both of her looks with statement diamond earrings and slick-backed hair.

And while Mindy decided to swap out her attire with a different version of her Vera Wang getup, E! correspondent Zanna Roberts Rassi teased the creation beforehand, sharing on Live From E!: Oscars that Mindy's gown was designed in both black and white, but she requested the latter shade for the step and repeat.

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A day following the event, Mindy shared more insight into why she chose to wear both Vera Wang looks for the Oscars.

"Last night was a fashion dream for me," the actress began her March 13 Instagram. "I was so honored to wear @verawanggang, an icon and an inspiration to so many people, particularly Asian Americans."


Mindy asked the designer why she made a black and white version, noting that Vera told her, "They embody 'her fascination with the duality of both...it's the eternal attraction of opposites! It also conveys the modernity and sophistication and purity of both colors!'"

"See," Mindy continued, "She is the joyful artist of my dreams!"

The Ocean's 8 star also revealed that she's the type of person who will buy a dress in every color if she loves it, so it made perfect sense to opt for both designs.

"Also," Mindy added, "who knows if I am ever getting married, I am wearing as many Vera Wang gowns as I can!"

It's safe to say that two dresses are always better than one. But of course, The Mindy Project actress wasn't the only celeb to wear a swoon-worthy ensemble on the red carpet. 

See all of the best dressed stars.

Cara Delevingne

In Elie Saab and wearing Stuart Weitzman shoes and Bulgari jewelry.

Angela Bassett

In Moschino.


In Alaïa and wearing Moussaieff jewelry.

Halle Berry

In Tamara Ralph.

Halle Bailey

In Dolce & Gabbana.

Michelle Williams

In Chanel and wearing Tiffany & Co. jewelry.

Salma Hayek

In Gucci.

Danai Gurira

In Jason Wu.

Allison Williams

In Giambattista Valli and wearing Fred Leighton jewelry.

Melissa McCarthy

Ashley Graham

In custom Alberta Ferretti.

Ava DuVernay

Eva Longoria

In Zuhair Murad.

Mindy Kaling

In custom Vera Wang and wearing Giuseppe Zanotti shoes.

Janelle Monáe

In custom Vera Wang.

Kate Hudson

In Louis Vuitton.

Stephanie Hsu

Ariana DeBose

In custom Atelier Versace.

Lady Gaga

In Versace.

Sofia Carson

In Giambattista Valli.

Ana de Armas

In Louis Vuitton.

Elizabeth Olsen

In Givenchy and wearing Giuseppe Zanotti shoes.

Jessica Chastain

In custom Gucci.

Pedro Pascal

Paul Mescal

In Gucci.

Malala Yousafzai

In Ralph Lauren.

Fan Bingbing

In Tony Ward.

Andie MacDowell

Sigourney Weaver

In Givenchy.

Harry Shum Jr.

In Adeam.

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(This article was originally published on March 12, 2023 at 7:47 p.m. PT)

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