Inside Michelle Yeoh’s Historic—and Extremely Elegant—Oscars Night

With the help of her go-to stylist Jordan Johnson Chung, Yeoh then slipped into her red carpet look for the night. Designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri, her Dior Haute Couture gown was made of ivory silk organza, and punctuated with cascading feathers all over it. Compared to some of her previous statement dresses this awards season—see: Her Schiaparelli dress at the SAG Awards—Yeoh wanted a more understated moment for the Oscars. “I like to keep people guessing and surprised, so ‘simple elegance’ is the route we chose for this look,” says Yeoh. “I loved the waves of feathers that make it appear like you’re floating.” For a finishing touch, she also chose diamond jewelry from Moussaieff, including a necklace, earrings, and ring. “We got to have a little fun with the jewelry—we took the necklace and turned it into a headpiece,” says Yeoh. 

It was certainly an incredible night for the trailblazing actor, who says she is now getting right back into the swing of making even more movies. “I’m currently in the midst of shooting Wicked and having so much fun,” says Yeoh. “Also, this year, American Born Chinese is going to be released on Disney+, which features my wonderful co-stars from Everything Everywhere All at Once: Ke Huy Quan and Stephanie Hsu.” As for how Yeoh is going to be celebrating her meaningful Oscars win this week? She says she will be “dancing, then sleeping!” 

Below, a closer look at Yeoh’s eventful Oscars day.

Images photographed at the Mandarin Oriental Residences