Met Gala 2021: Gemma Chan in Prabal Gurung

Posted on September 15, 2021

We couldn’t have loved this more. We think we would have loved it regardless of the inspiration for it, but we were just so pleased with ourselves because we got it immediately when we saw her hair. This is an homage to iconic Chinese-American film star Anna May Wong.

 

 

 

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It’s such a quietly powerful tribute for a British Chinese actress and Nepalese-American designer to make at an event celebrating the lexicon of American fashion. While it’s not a literal recreation of any of Wong’s cinematic costumes, she was largely the face of the stereotypical “dragon lady” in films of her day (often to her dismay and frustration) and many of her costumes featured a dragon motif like the one seen here. Similarly, the hairstyle feels very modern and evokes Wong’s hairstyle in 1924’s The Thief of Baghdad. Her makeup is just stunning.

 

Style Credits:
Prabal Gurung Dress from the Resort 2022 Collection
Harry Winston Cluster Wreath Diamond Necklace, Ballroom Diamond Drop Earrings, River Diamond Ring, and Sunflower Diamond Twin Ring
Aquazzura Shoes

Styled by Rebecca Corbin-Murray | Hair by Owen Gould | Makeup by Daniel Martin | Nails by Betina R. Goldstein

 

[Photo Credit: Guerin Charles/ABACA USA/INSTARimages.com, Jennifer Graylock/InstarImages.com, Theo Wargo/Getty Images, Courtesy of Harry Winston]

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