America Ferrera Brings Barbiecore Full Circle At 2024 Oscars

If one film-related fashion trend has truly made it big, it's Barbiecore. Between the bubbly aesthetic's meteoric rise across social media and the success of the 2023 film "Barbie," it has always felt like the poppy movement is here to stay — that is, until now. "Barbie" star America Ferrera wore a striking pink ensemble to the 2024 Oscars, but her look might actually be a sign that the trend's coming to an end.

Ferrera was nominated for best supporting actress for her role in "Barbie," and her dazzling, rose-colored gown is an obvious nod to the blockbuster — and took everyone's breath away. However, costars Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling opted for black attire instead — a departure for Robbie, who wore many Barbiecore outfits to carpets because of the film. Could this discrepancy be symbolic? 

The dress is positively gorgeous, but it also holds some deeper meaning that could indicate a full-circle moment for the all-pink-everything trend. For one, this is the first time that Ferrera has sported such explicit Barbiecore during awards season. And just like her character Gloria's iconic monologue in "Barbie," Ferrera's fitted Versace gown inspired us in many ways. 

The intricate details in America Ferrera's 2024 Oscars dress

The red carpet is for making statements, and America Ferrera seems keenly aware of this. Her decision to sport a bold blush dress to the 2024 Oscars is an obvious homage to her role as Gloria — and the "Barbie" film itself. We've seen our fair share of "Barbie"-inspired ensembles ever since Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling's on-set outfits first leaked online, but there's something particularly captivating about Ferrera's timeless take on the trend. After all, the sparkling effect on Ferrera's gown comes from actual chainmail, with more than 400 hours going into the creation of the stunning Versace design. 

With this in mind, the subtle juxtaposition between hard and soft elements is a touching tribute to Ferrera's role — and unforgettable message — as Gloria in "Barbie." Ferrera's red carpet look reads as pretty and demure at first glance, but a closer inspection reveals that it's also strong. Furthermore, even the design's silhouette gives us something to mull over. Though form-fitting and structured on top, its rigid form fades to a delicate train that slinks softly behind her. The dual nature of Ferrera's ensemble speaks volumes, and it's a true culmination of every lesson the film sought to instill in viewers.

With awards season petering out and Robbie effectively passing the Barbie baton off, it's safe to say that Barbiecore fashion as we know it is dying down for now. Perhaps it will take over again if a "Barbie" sequel is released, or perhaps the Bratz style trend will bring a darker edge to fashion now. In either case, Ferrera ended the "Barbie" hype season on a doll-ightful note.