On Sunday 12 March, the actress arrived on the champagne-coloured carpet outside of the Dolby Theatre ahead of the 95th annual Academy Awards in a white custom Vera Wang gown which featured a sheer corset detail on the bodice and off-the-shoulder sleeves.
“Who does a white gown better than Vera Wang?” Kaling said to E! News while walking the carpet ahead of the awards show, according to People.
However, Kaling then tried the dress on in a different colour, with the comedian changing into a black version of the same dress to present an award during the ceremony.
The dress swap sparked confusion among viewers, with some questioning whether they were imagining that Kaling was wearing a white version of the dress earlier in the night.
“We’re so deep into the Oscars that I’m questioning whether Mindy Kaling was actually wearing a white dress before or not,” one person tweeted, while another said: “Did Mindy Kaling change into the exact same dress in black??”
“Wasn’t Mindy Kaling wearing the white version of that outfit? Or was this The Dress all over again,” someone else asked, in reference to the viral dress debate of 2015.
Others were curious why Kaling chose to change into the exact same dress, but in a different colour. “WAIT! Mindy Kaling just changed from a white dress to a black dress. THE SAME DRESS??? Why??? #Oscars2023,” one person tweeted.
Why is Mindy Kaling’s dress black now?
— she blinded me with zients (@rzschinderman) March 13, 2023
mindy kaling switching to the same dress but in a different color? 😭
— carey (@brokebackstan) March 13, 2023
Wasn't Mindy Kaling wearing the exact same dress in white on the carpet earlier? #Oscars
— Yelda (@yelaltalef) March 13, 2023
hey Internet, is Mindy Kaling’s dress black or white?
— asmaa malik | اسمأ (@asmaam) March 13, 2023
“I know Mindy Kaling did not just change into….her exact dress, but in black,” another person joked.
I know Mindy Kaling did not just change into…..her exact dress, but in black
— Susan Rinkunas (@sueonthetown) March 13, 2023
In addition to changing into a black version of the same gown, Kaling also made subtle changes to makeup and accessories, with the actress appearing on stage in a red lip and different earrings to pair with her black gown.