Sheryl Lee Ralph accepted her history-making Emmy in Black handbag designer Brandon Blackwood's first gown

sheryl lee ralph on stage at the emmys, clad in a black dress with a slit up to her thigh and with a long brain adorned with rhinestones. she's holding an emmy in her right hand, and her arms are spread wide as she belts
Sheryl Lee Ralph accepting the Emmy award for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series for her performance in "Abbott Elementary."Kevin Winter/Getty Images
  • On Monday, September 13, Sheryl Lee Ralph won the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

  • She debuted popular handbag designer Brandon Blackwood's first gown to the ceremony.

  • During her acceptance speech, Ralph sang a verse from jazz singer Diane Reeves' song "Endangered Species."

Sheryl Lee Ralph attended the 74th Emmy Awards wearing the first gown designed by Jamaican handbag designer Brandon Blackwood.

Ralph told ESSENCE that Blackwood saved her night with the black sleeveless velvet number.

"Brandon Blackwood —you know Brandon for the bag — came to my rescue," she said to ESSENCE in an interview on the red carpet.

Ralph took home the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance in "Abbott Elementary." She is the first Black woman to win that award since was Jackée Harry won for "227" in 1987. Her acceptance speech quickly went viral after she sang a verse from jazz singer Diane Reeves' 1993 song "Endangered Species."

Sheryl Lee Ralph
Sheryl Lee Ralph also wore a bedazzled braid for her big moment.Momodu Mansaray/Getty Images

Ralph accessorized the gown with a mini Kendrick trunk bag covered in sun mini crystals, also designed by Blackwood. It matched the coral shade of the gown's interior, which was visible through its deep slit.

Ralph's stylist Roberto Johnson channeled the high glam of the bag into her beauty look. She wore a bedazzled braid created by Moira Frazier and iridescent coral nail polish.

Blackwood's brand posted its excitement about the exposure on Instagram. "We made our first gown ever for an absolute ICON! Thank you @thesherylleeralph for allowing my team and I to create this dress for you! A BB gown and bag on the Emmy Carpet #Major," the brand's account wrote in the comments of a picture of Ralph on the carpet.

Sheryl Lee Ralph, Brandon Blackwood handbag detail, at the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards held at Microsoft Theater on September 12, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.
Sheryl Lee Ralph wore nail polish that matched her Brandon Blackwood gown and handbag.Gilbert Flores/Variety via Getty Images

Born in Brooklyn, the designer of Jamaican and Chinese descent spent his childhood between New York and Tokyo. Blackwood launched his first line of handbags in 2015 while he was still in his early 20s.

In 2020, as a way to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, Blackwood launced a mini tote that read "END SYSTEMIC RACISM." He donated the profits from the sale of the bag to local nonprofits. The ESR tote, as it quickly became known, became an internet "it bag." His star power continued to grow with his ever-popular Kendrick trunks and Kuei bags.

Blackwood has become a celebrity favorite. Kim Kardashian, Olivia Rodrigo, Megan Thee Stallion, Lala Anthony, and Saweetie have all been spotted rocking his designs.

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