At Nearly 93, Cicely Tyson Is The Most Consciously Fashionable Woman Around

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NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 29: Cicely Tyson attends Alvin Ailey’s 2017 Opening Night Gala at New York City Center on November 29, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/WireImage)

Alvin Ailey’s annual Opening Night Gala was held in New York City Wednesday night. And while the purpose of the gala is to kick off Ailey’s annual five-week winter season — and raise money for future works and scholarships — Cicely Tyson was definitely a highlight of the night, at least on the red carpet.

Nineteen days away from her 93rd birthday, Ms. Tyson hit the carpet in an ensemble that not only commanded attention but sent a message. As eye-catching as the sparkly, fringed Missoni sweater the actress and activist wore is, what really topped off the look was the knit Pussyhat worn in solidarity of women’s rights. Launched one year ago, the Pussyhat Project began as a way for women to make a uniform, visual statement of resistance during the Women’s March. And women like Tyson are still making that statement today by wearing these hats in spaces where the message needs to be heard that women’s rights matters.

Hats off to Ms. Tyson, literally. And while other gala attendees may not have been as bold in their fashion choices the other night, many were still a beautiful site to see. Click through to see all of the stars on the carpet.

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 29: Actress Cicely Tyson attends Alvin Ailey’s 2017 opening night Gala at New York City Center on November 29, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)

Cicely Tyson

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 29: Actress/singer Janelle Monae attends Alvin Ailey’s 2017 opening night Gala at New York City Center on November 29, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)

Janelle Monae

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 29: Actress/singer Queen Latifah attends Alvin Ailey’s 2017 opening night Gala at New York City Center on November 29, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)

Queen Latifah

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 29: Janet Mock attends Alvin Ailey’s 2017 Opening Night Gala at New York City Center on November 29, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/WireImage)

Janet Mock

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 29: Jillian “Lion Babe” Hervey attends Alvin Ailey’s 2017 Opening Night Gala at New York City Center on November 29, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/WireImage)

Jillian “Lion Babe” Hervey

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 29: Honoree Debra L. Lee attends Alvin Ailey’s 2017 Opening Night Gala at New York City Center on November 29, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/WireImage)

Debra Lee

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 29: Khephra Burns and Susan L. Taylor attend Alvin Ailey’s 2017 Opening Night Gala at New York City Center on November 29, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/WireImage)

Khephra Burns and Susan L. Taylor

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 29: Lisa Johnson-Willingham attends Alvin Ailey’s 2017 Opening Night Gala at New York City Center on November 29, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/WireImage)

Lisa Johnson-Willingham, Director Ailey Extension

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 29: Art Collins and Sela Collins attend Alvin Ailey’s 2017 opening night Gala at New York City Center on November 29, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)

Art and Sela Collins

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