Julia Roberts made a striking statement at the Kennedy Center Honors event in Washington, DC, by wearing a custom-designed gown covered in photos of her close friend, George Clooney. The dress, created by Moschino’s creative director Jeremy Scott, featured images of Clooney throughout his career in various gold frames, including his iconic role in “ER” and his polka-dot cover for W Magazine’s December 2013 art issue. Roberts paired the gown with a cropped black blazer and silver jewelry.
The Kennedy Center Honors event celebrated the achievements of George Clooney, along with other honorees, including musician Gladys Knight, singer-songwriter Amy Grant, composer Tania León, and U2 band members Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. Clooney was recognized for his extensive acting career and philanthropic work.
Julia Roberts and Matt Damon attend a reception for the Kennedy Center honorees at the White House on December 4, 2022. Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images
Julia Roberts and George Clooney have been close friends for years, with their friendship dating back to their work together on the 2001 heist film “Ocean’s Eleven.” They recently co-starred in the 2022 romantic comedy “Ticket to Paradise.” Their friendship is known for its playful banter and pranks on set.
Clooney once revealed that Roberts had saved his contact name in her phone as “Batman.” In a speech at the 2013 BAFTA Britannia Awards, Clooney described Roberts as an “amazing mother, an amazing wife, and a great, great friend.”
George Clooney and Julia Roberts during the Critics’ Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California, on January 9, 2006. Chris Polk/FilmMagic
Julia Roberts initially appeared in a different outfit at a reception for the Kennedy Center honorees held by President Joe Biden earlier in the evening, wearing a sleek black outfit with shiny lapels in the East Room of the White House prior to the ceremony.