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Game, set and match: Charlottesville vintage shop had just the dress for Zendaya

If you happened to see Zendaya’s guest appearance on Tuesday’s "Live with Kelly and Mark," you probably noticed the vivid spring-green designer dress the star was wearing.

The hue, reminiscent of a tennis ball, was a playful nod to her new tennis-themed film, "Challengers," which is opening this weekend. The fit was spot on. And a social media shout-out from the star’s stylist let everyone know that the dress came from a Charlottesville vintage shop.

Arsenic and Old Lace Vintage owner Angela Cook wasn’t watching the show on Tuesday, but she said she saw an Instagram post by Law Roach, Zendaya’s stylist, in which Zendaya was rocking the two-piece Thierry Mugler dress he had bought from the shop about a month ago. During her "Live with Kelly and Mark" interview segment, Zendaya, 27, said she has been working with Roach since she was 14.

Arsenic and Old Lace Vintage, just off Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall at 105 S. First St., continuously posts new photos and videos of garments on Instagram, which is where Roach saw the skirt suit and contacted Cook. Roach was not available for comment.

"Her stylist sent me a message and said, ‘She has on your look,’" Cook said. "He tagged my shop, which was really nice. He didn’t have to do that."

Cook had owned the 1980s-era Mugler design for about a decade. With its eye-catching color, attached rhinestone arrow pin and just enough drape, the high-waisted pencil skirt and sculpted jacket set had plenty of appeal, but its slim 24-inch waist ruled out plenty of potential buyers. On the star, however, the dress looked like a custom creation made just for her.

In her new film, "Challengers," Zendaya plays a tennis prodigy turned coach whose tennis champ husband is on a losing streak and whose former boyfriend stands in the way of her husband’s next win.

Zendaya, the winner of two Primetime Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award, started winning over television fans with her work in "Shake It Up" and "K.C. Undercover" on the Disney Channel. She became the youngest actress ever to win the Primetime Emmy Award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series, winning twice for her work in the HBO teen drama series "Euphoria."

Film fans also know the actress and singer for her work in "Dune," "Dune: Part Two," "Malcolm & Marie," "The Greatest Showman" and "Spider-Man: Homecoming."

Cook, who has collected vintage clothing since she was 16, said the dress never quite lived up to its potential on a mannequin in the store. It was designed to be worn, not displayed, she said. Part of what she loves about operating a vintage shop is seeing what happens when beautiful garments that have been languishing deep in previous owners’ closets get back out in circulation and find the right people to wear them again.

Cook, who praised the serendipity of "the right designer, the perfect color, the right size," said plenty of people have asked over the past few days if she found letting the dress go to be painful.

"I wasn’t sad; I was thrilled," Cook said. "It looked amazing on her. I loved seeing somebody love it and wear it out."

"Honestly, I love it when people buy these things and give them a new life. It’s like sharing stuff with your friends," Cook said. "It’s like seeing things you love come back to life again."


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