Designer of Cicely Tyson’s Tony Awards gown revealed

Fashion commentators took note of the gown Cicely Tyson wore to accept her leading actress Tony on Sunday for her role in “The Trip to Bountiful.”

It was eye-catching and comment-worthy.

I called it “formidable” in a column Monday morning, finding it almost fortress-like in structure. Others called it futuristic, reminiscent of Ursula the “Little Mermaid” villainess or comparable to a giant purple scrunchy, Brent Lang of the Wrap said in a round-up.

But whereas most fashion houses send voluminous emails taking credit for the shoes, gowns or jewelry that actresses wear on red carpets, the designer of Tyson’s dress stayed mum for awhile.

Finally, late Monday, the designer stepped up with details. It was designed by B. Michael and is part of the B. Michael America pre-spring 2014 haute couture collection. The trumpet-shaped dress made indigo blue silk Mikado features hand-draped ruffle seams.

Tyson accented it with an emerald and purple sapphire pendant framed with white diamonds, created by Au Jewelry for B. Michael America Couture.


Whether viewers liked it or loathed it, the gown is likely to be the one most remembered from the 2013 Tony Awards.


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