These Asian Designers Made Waves at the Oscars!

Anna Hu


Gwyneth Paltrow wears Anna Hu's Fire Phoenix earrings

French meets the Orient with Taiwan-born Anna Hu’s fascinating jewelry, as she combines traditional technique with a touch of Eastern influences. The New York-based jeweler described her works as “not only heavily influenced by French art but also made using traditional French jewellery-making techniques". She also adds that her jewelry illustrates how different she is from other modern Chinese jewelers. Last year, Hu made history when she was the first Asian jeweler ever featured at the Louvre's Musée des Arts Decoratifs in a solo exhibition. Her work has certainly caught the eye of Gwyneth Paltrow and Naomi Watts, who both wore Anna Hu Haute Joaillerie to the 87th Academy Awards.

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Prabal Gurung


This Nepalese American designer counts Jennifer Lawrence as one of his many fans – indeed, the runner-up for the 2010 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund famously dressed the Hunger Games star for the 85th Academy Awards in a dramatic black grown with bold cut-outs at the back and some leather detail.

Jason Wu


The Canadian artist and New York-based fashion designer made his Academy Award debut with Kerry Washington, despite being quite the fashion star already, having dressed Michelle Obama and Reese Witherspoon, amongst other stars. Washington donned a silky, strapless violet gown as she showed off a baby bump on the red carpet of the 86th Academy Awards. The Scandal actress has been friends with Wu since the start of the designer’s career, and have frequently collaborated with him.

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Tadashi Shoji


When it comes to the Oscars, the stars make sure they put on their most spectacular selves in avant-garde couture and outrageously elegant pieces – and The Help actress Octavia Spencer was no less glamorous in a glistening number by Tadashi Shoji. Japanese fashion designer famously deemed his dress a “sleeper hit”, admitting that they did not expect the dress to create such a stir on the red carpet. “She looks exquisite and was excited to learn that we made it available to our customers in a variety of colors. We aptly name this gown ‘The Octavia’,” says Tadashi.

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