Gemma Chan Pays Tribute to Anna May Wong in Stunning New Met Gala Look
Gemma Chan tributes winning Met Gala look to Hollywood’s first Chinese American Star. In Cher’s iconic smooth voice, “Can I hear a little commotion for the dress?”
Last night, celebrities dazzled on the steps of the Met adorned in silk, long trains of fabric, classic pearls, and shining diamonds. It was a show-stopping moment for fashion history as everyone gathered to celebrate American style. A warm welcome to the newest exhibit, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.”
The Met Gala 2021 co-chairs consisted of Billie Eilish, Timothée Chalamet, Naomi Osaka, and Amanda Gorman. Every look turned heads and had a special symbol behind them. In particular, Gemma Chan looked stunning in her red carpet look with a designer dress by Prabal Gurung.
To Honor Anna May Wong, Chan was dressed in a black mini sequin dress with a dazzling dragon symbol and a long pastel green train. Also, her hair was up in a braided up-do that Wong usually styles.
From a Nepalese American designer to the homage paid to old Hollywood’s first Chinese American actress… Gemma Chan came through with the REPRESENTATION tonight at the #MetGala 😍🔥😍🔥😍 #nyfw #lovetoseeit #visibility pic.twitter.com/HiSZPhNHuC— Frances Wang (@FrancesWangTV) September 14, 2021
Wong is a well-known American actress that is also the first Chinese American Hollywood actress. Her art varied in silent films, television, radio, and sound film.
Gemma Chan, CL and Saweetie representing the asians and their own culture while being on theme at the met gala this year was very personal to me pic.twitter.com/9TxllRVpw8— ava (@glitteredwasabi) September 14, 2021
Chan posted on her Instagram, “Despite facing prejudice and stereotyping; she fought back against the discrimination she faced in Hollywood. In her words: ‘It’s a pretty sad situation to be rejected by Chinese because I’m “too American” and by American producers, because they prefer other races to act Chinese parts.”
The inspiration behind Chan’s dress was Wong’s long black dragon dress, designed by Travis Banton in 1934. Although Wong was stereotypically named “Dragon Lady” in Hollywood, the design was supposed to embody the fierce and elegant Asian culture with gold and silver sequins in the shape of a dragon.
one thing ab gemma chan is she gonna serve face regardless! #MetGala pic.twitter.com/12pIVkdRXl— MANTIS CAME HOME (@astrapom) September 14, 2021
In addition, Chan channeled the same symbolism in her 2021 Met Gala dress but added a fresh spin with a green train. Turning heads and using inspiration from past trailblazers, Chan proved that her dress belongs on the Met steps with the other fashion icons.