Octavia Spencer's Tadashi Shoji Cannes Gown: All the Exclusive Scoop

05/16/2013 at 04:49 PM ET

Octavia Spencer Tadashi ShojiCourtesy Tadashi Shoji; Ian Gavan/Getty

Octavia Spencer’s awards season tour in 2012 didn’t just nab her an Oscar and a Golden Globe — it also was the beginning of a beautiful friendship between the actress and the designer.

So it’s no surprise that Spencer has stuck with Shoji for all her major events, up to and including the Cannes photocall and premiere of her film Fruitvale Station.

The actress had several lovely choices for her big red carpet moment, but in the end she went with this elegant “carmine red” gown, featuring draped tulle over brocade with sequin accents — plus coordinating red sandals. “We almost always collaborate on her custom pieces,” Shoji tells PEOPLE of the process, which included three fittings to get it just right. “Octavia has a great sense of style and knows what looks good on her body so it’s easy!”

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He adds that they decided on the gown because “it’s appropriate for Cannes and something we haven’t done before. She [looks] stunning in a confection of lace and tulle. I am excited and honored to see my friend in my dress on the Cannes red carpet.”

And for her part, Spencer couldn’t be any more pleased with the finished result. “Tadashi is a magician — I feel completely transformed tonight,” she tells PEOPLE. “Each dress I wear of his feels like the first time all over again. This red number makes me feel sexy and confident.”

Tell us: What do you think of their finished product?

–Alex Apatoff

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Tajma on


CDS on

She is a very good actress!

Juli on

Octavia always looks chic, classy and gorgeous!!!! Many celebrities could learn a thing or two from her.

Princess07 on

You know I love Olivia and the dress is cute but her dresses are starting to look the same (same style concept). I think it’s time she becomes a little daring and switch to another designers.

Donna on

For such an exciting red carpet moment, she looks like she just sucked on a lemon. Try smiling a little.

Marie on

The dress gorgeous, just needs a smile to go with it! Gosh did you just drink lemonaide or something? You are in front of the camera!!!

JoAnna on

As always, she looks wonderful. Lovely dress, for a classy woman and great actress.

patti on

I love the way he dresses her. I think Melissa McCarthy and Christina Hendricks need to get this designer to dress them. Definitely knows how to dress a curvey girl. I wish I could afford the clothes!!

Emmy on

What does “All the Exclusive Scoop” mean. Jeeze, People magazine, you really need to step it up with your writing!

lilah on

Octavia is working it! She has it going on!!

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