16 of Gemma Chan’s best red carpet looks ever: Valentino at the Oscars, Louis Vuitton for Marvel’s Eternals and Met Gala 2022, and glittering gold in Crazy Rich Asians
Gemma Chan is best known for her roles in films like Crazy Rich Asians and Eternals. Her impeccable fashion sense is often overlooked, but thanks to her increased red carpet appearances recently, many are beginning to notice her enviable penchant for style. Over the years, she has experimented with bold colours, see-through designs, sparkling dresses and more. We take a look back at her best moments to date.
1. The Moët British Independent Film Awards in 2014
The two-piece set she wore included a white crop top with elbow-length sleeves, arm cut-outs, a small plunge down its neckline and a wave-patterned hem. Its skirt, on the other hand, was white, knee-length and had a black asymmetrical waistband.
2. The 2018 BAFTAs
She wore a sultry black gown with hidden details at the 2018 BAFTAs. Her Stella McCartney gown had short sleeves, a floor-length skirt with a small train, and a semi-sheer bodice. The fabric that made up the latter part of the dress was arranged in a floral pattern, and when she turned, you could see a lace design across her back.
3. The Crazy Rich Asians premiere in August 2018
Wearing Oscar de la Renta, Chan posed on the green carpet in a strapless midi dress covered in gold and silver sequins. The sparkles were arranged in giant swirls and the gown’s neckline was topped with a thin layer of black fabric. She completed the look with a square purse, silver sandals and dewy make-up.
4. At a different screening of the movie, Chan wore a floral number
Her blush-coloured dress had sheer, elbow-length sleeves, a cinched waist and red and blue flowers embroidered from top to bottom. Chan also wore velvet sandals, matching lipstick and carried a small red clutch.
5. The 2018 GQ Men of the Year event
She wore a daring shirt-and-skirt combo at the 2018 GQ Men of the Year event. The burgundy crop top was made from a pleated fabric and paired with a satin high-waist skirt with a long slit in the middle. The latter garment was also decorated with multicoloured crystals. For accessories, Chan chose pointed silver pumps and delicate rings.
6. The 2019 Golden Globe Awards
The actress made shorts look glamorous at the 2019 Golden Globe Awards. Designed by Valentino, Chan’s teal outfit included a halter-style romper with shorts and a full skirt that wrapped around her waist. The latter piece also had pockets and a deep slit that revealed her shorts and matching heels.
7. The 2019 Golden Globes after-party
She continued to show off her stand-out style at the event’s after-party. She wore a neon pink Miu Miu dress that had a single sleeve and an ankle-length skirt. The garment was held together on one side with crystal bows, which formed a line down to the skirt’s thigh-high slit. Chan also wore strappy silver sandals, an updo hairstyle and red lipstick.
8. The Critics’ Choice Awards in 2019
A few days later, she attended the Critics’ Choice Awards in a ball gown. As Chan told Vogue UK at the time, the purple gown with a fuchsia floral print was custom-made for her by Jason Wu. She also said it was originally intended to be part of one of his runway lines. She completed the look with Jimmy Choo sandals, Anita Ko jewellery and a long braid tied with a black bow.
9. The 2019 Oscars
She wore yet another dramatic pink look at the 2019 Oscars. She stood out on the red carpet thanks to her pleated, tiered dress, which was designed by Valentino. It was also sleeveless with a high ruffled neckline, and its full, floor-length skirt had pockets on each side. Speaking with Entertainment Tonight at the time, Chan said she brought biscuits and rice crackers with her in her pockets because “you don’t get dinner” during the show.
10. The 2019 Oscars after-party hosted by Vanity Fair
Chan experimented with the “naked” trend at the event’s after-party hosted by Vanity Fair. Her Tom Ford gown had long sleeves, a high neckline and a straight floor-length skirt. It was also entirely sheer, though silver glitter and fringe covered the dress from top to bottom. Chan wore her signature red lipstick with the gown and carried a metallic clutch.
11. The Captain Marvel premiere in 2019
At the Captain Marvel premiere later that year, Chan stood out in an iridescent outfit. Designed by Ralph & Russo, her outfit featured an asymmetrical pink top with one short sleeve. On the other side, the shirt’s pleated fabric extended to the floor and created a short train next to her. The outfit also included a pair of stand-out pants covered in iridescent fringe.
12. The 2019 Met Gala
She wore one of her best looks to date at the 2019 Met Gala. Designed by Tom Ford, her silver gown was covered in sparkles. It had a plunging V neckline and a floor-length cape that covered her shoulders. She also wore diamond bracelets and a stand-out crystal headpiece that perfectly matched her gown.
13. The Cannes Film Festival in 2021
In July 2021, Chan attended the Cannes Film Festival in a bralette-style crop top. She paired the gold, sequin-covered top with a tan high-waisted skirt that had pockets. Chan kept the rest of her look simple, wearing only gold sandals, a thick choker necklace and a half-up half-down hairstyle.
14. The Eternals premiere in 2021
For the Eternals premiere in October 2021, she looked stunning in a white gown designed by Louis Vuitton. The gown featured a black minidress with a V neckline, covered with a layer of white lace and a ruffled miniskirt. There was also extra lace that hung from the skirt’s hem and reached the floor. Tied across her shoulders and collarbones, Chan wore a white cape made from feathers.
15. She completely switched styles for another Eternals event held a few days later
16. The 2022 Met Gala
“This year, in keeping with Louis Vuitton’s commitment towards circular creativity and the personal conviction of Nicolas Ghesquière, ambassadors and friends of the house each wore an archival look with a twist for the occasion,” Chan wrote on Instagram about the outfit.
“I chose from the Maison’s archives a cape from the Cruise 20 collection inspired by New York City and a gown from the SS22 runway show,” she added.
- She wore a black Stella McCartney number at the 2018 BAFTAs, Oscar de la Renta for the Crazy Rich Asians premiere and Valentino for the Golden Globes in 2019
- Chan actively wears rising designers like Jason Wu for a GQ event and the Critics’ Choice Awards, Anita Ko jewellery and Miss Sohee for an Eternals red carpet