The dress described by “Crazy Rich Asians” Director Jon M. Chu as a “Cinderella dress” is making a major move to the Smithsonian.
This was the gown that turned heads in the pivotal scene of “Crazy Rich Asians” where Rachel Chu, played by actress Constance Wu, arrives at a luxurious wedding and surprises everyone including her boyfriend Nick’s disapproving mother. The dress has been recreated by many including an adorable 5-year-old.
Marchesa, a brand founded by Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, first brought the Grecian-style dress into the spotlight as part of their fall 2016 collection. It was then modified and tailored to fit Wu’s frame for the movie.
It’s fitting that the dress worn in this historical film, which is the first Hollywood film since 1993’s “The Joy Luck Club” to feature a majority-Asian cast, will reside in the historic museum. The movie became the highest-grossing romantic comedy in a decade making a hefty $238 million worldwide. It also snagged two Golden Globe nominations.
The dress is being donated by Marchesa and will be shown during The Party: A Smithsonian Celebration of Asian Pacific Americans in honor of American and Pacific Islander Heritage