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Lupita Nyong'o dazzles as Jason Wu's muse at Tony Awards

Lupita Nyong'o's Tony Awards dress was created to look "exciting and textural", according to designer Jason Wu.

Lupita Nyong'o is Jason Wu's "perfect muse".

The Oscar-winning actress dazzled in a dress from the designer's Hugo Boss range at Sunday night's (12Jun16) Tony Awards in New York. It was a figure-hugging off the shoulder design with different coloured sequins all over, as well as a small train at the bottom.

“Lupita is the perfect muse,” fashion star Jason told Vogue.com. “I was looking at these Tetris colours and (wanted to) create something bright and exciting and textural.”

The embroidery was all done by hand, creating a vibrant 3D finish on the red carpet. When designing the gorgeous gown Jason wanted to capture the spirit of the event through its aesthetic, as he added: “When I think about Broadway, it’s exuberant and fun and full of characters. I wanted this dress to have those qualities.”

Because the outfit was so flamboyant there was no need for Lupita, 33, to go over the top with her accessories, so she stuck to small drop earrings and a couple of rings on her fingers.

It marked the actress' first time at the award ceremony, and she was nominated for her part as The Girl in show Eclipsed. She shared her excitement at being at the bash on Instagram, uploading photos of herself in the dress and giving credit to those behind her look, including hair stylist Vernon Francois.

"My first #TonyAwards!@eclipsedbway," she captioned a snap of herself, before listing the experts.

While on the red carpet she was joined by close friend theatre director Saheem Ali, who she struck a number of poses with, which were put together to make a cute gif.

Another actress who wowed at the event was 30 Rock star Jane Krakowski, who showed off her enviable figure in a red floral fishtail gown by Michael Kors, while her blonde hair was styled straight and sleek.

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