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From star turns on the red carpet to perching on the front row at fashion shows, British Chinese actress Gemma Chan is dominating the style game

2021 is shaping up to be Gemma Chan’s year—both on and off the red carpet. In the last few weeks, the British actress has served up stunning looks on the Eternals publicity tour, from custom Louis Vuitton, Valentino and Zuhair Murad, to fresh new designers like budding couturier Han So-hee.

Looking back on her red carpet track record this year, Chan has also shown her support for various Asian designers every chance she gets. Who can forget her stunning custom Oscar de la Renta at the Venice Film Festival, designed by her pals Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim, or her statement-making Prabal Gurung at the Met Gala that paid homage to Anna May Wong, Hollywood’s first Chinese American star?

“Despite facing prejudice and stereotyping she fought back against the discrimination she faced in Hollywood,” she wrote in an Instagram post dedicated to Wong. “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.’”

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Meanwhile, the elegant actress has also been busy cementing her position in the fashion world, attending shows in New York and Paris, where she graced front rows with her presence.

With Chan, there’s always this consciousness about paying tribute to pioneers who have come before her, her unwavering belief in supporting Asian talent, and furthering Asian representation on a global scale that has made her one of the most interesting Asian stars to spot on the red carpet, style-wise. Here, we track all of the sophisticated actress’s best red carpet looks.

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