At the red-carpet premiere for Crazy Rich Asians on Tuesday, Constance Wu embraced the extravagance her character Rachel comes face-to-face with in Kevin Kwan‘s 2013 novel and its upcoming film adaptation. The actress went for allout glamour in a gorgeous gown designed by British label Ralph & Russo (yup, the very one that made Meghan Markle‘s engagement portrait dress). And the amount of detail that went into the high-neck, strapless style is truly spectacular.
According to Vogue, Wu’s premiere look took more than 750 hours to make; 490 of those were spent hand-embroidering more than 200,000 Swarovski crystals onto the fabric. If you’re too enthralled by photos of the dress to pull up your calculator app, that translates to more than 31 days spent crafting the garment. Casual.
Micaela Erlanger, Wu’s stylist, told Vogue that, beyond matching the opulent lives of the film’s characters, certain aspects of the “couture red-carpet moment” held even deeper significance for the actres, and for Hollywood as a whole: “In history, tassels have almost always been a symbol of power and prestige, not to mention they make for a glamorous detail. This movie is so important for so many reasons, and I felt that Constance should look both powerful and glamorous.” (Among those reasons? Crazy Rich Asians is the first Hollywood film to feature a majority Asian cast since 1993’s The Joy Luck Club.)
And lest you think that Wu and Erlanger would go easy on the accessories, given how spectacular the gown is, think again. The actress finished off her Ralph & Russo gown with pink pear-cut diamond drop earrings by Lorraine Schwartz that clocked in at a whopping 90 carats. She carried a boxy, reflective silver clutch, and donned sky-high ivory platform pumps with bedazzled stacked stiletto heels. (Hey, Erlanger literally wrote a book on accessorizing, so she wasn’t going to skimp on the add-ons.)
“The gown itself is such a statement, but we really wanted to complete the look with the perfect accessories,” Erlanger told Vogue. Mission definitely accomplished.
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