Every so often a movie comes a long that is so deeply tied into the moda universe. Either it is about fashion—a documentary, satire or fiction—or it features an amazing array of costuming or haute couture. Sometimes it is the fact that real world designers are so deeply involved in the film’s look, that even though it might not be about runways, models and haute couture, audiences come to marvel at what characters are wearing. It seems the recently released “Crazy Rich Asians” features many of these fashion forward elements.
The first firm in 25 years to feature an Asian-American cast (can you guess what that last film was….look below for the answer) in CRA’s high society we see a plethora of designers vying for space and attention. Surely summer 2018 movies like “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” and “Ocean’s 8” (which has within it a heist at the Met Gala) have lots of fashion played out in them. But by all accounts “Crazy Rich Asians” has them all beat.
There are definite wardrobe choices here from specific designers that illustrate the money and class divide seen in the film. The young star of the piece, “Rachel,” played by Constance Wu, is seen in a beaded mini, a cherry red Miu Miu frock, and a Missoni dress, among other pieces. While the matriarch powerhouse (and quite scary) “Eleanor Young,” played by Michelle Yeoh, wears pieces by Versace, Valentino, a sheer Elie Saab dress and a long-sleeve Diane von Furstenberg blouse….to name but a few of her choices.
Costume designer on the film, Mary Vogt seems to have plucked all the right elements from and inspired by Kevin Kwan’s 2013 novel that the movie’s based on. She even accessorizes with jewels from across the globe and from the brand Mouawad.
One could argue that the bright colors and prints the “Peik Lin Goh” character wears (played by Awkwafina) makes for the most interesting couture in “Crazy Rich Asians.” But no matter your tastes, you will find some fashion here to your liking or interest.
“Crazy Rich Asian” is a haute couture dream.
1993’s “Joy Luck Club” was the movie made 25 years ago to feature an Asia-American cast