One of the most highly anticipated films of 2018, Crazy Rich Asians has pretty much raised the bar on movies even though the screening hasn’t even begun in Malaysia. The film adaption based on Kevin Kwan’s best-selling book in 2013 is Hollywood’s first studio film focusing an all Asian cast in over 25 years. Indeed, it is quite a historical moment in the film industry after so many cases of Asian-inspired films being overly ‘white-washed’.
The red carpet event has taken place in Los Angeles a couple of days ago, and as expected — everyone appeared glamorous, much like the movie’s rich and fabulous theme. Dressed in the likes of Ralph & Russo, Reem Acra, and Tom Ford, some of the cast also strolled down the red carpet with gowns designed by Asian designers.
Many are dressed in their own country’s fashion label — for example, Janice Koh wore a bell-sleeved gown designed by Singaporean designer, Priscilla Shunmugam of Ong Shunmugam, and Carmen Soo donned a dress by Malaysia’s very own Melinda Looi. Gemma Chan sparkled in a glittery dress by Oscar de la Renta, which has been co-designed by Fernando Garcia, and Laura Kim, who is Asian.
Red carpet events such as these have been known as a platform for actors to wear specific designer to send a specific message, and these ones are loud and clear — to support Asian designers in an all-Asian film. Here they are.