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The 2022 BRIT Awards took place at the O2 Arena on 8 Feb., and a number of the red carpet outfits caught viewers' eyes. One standout outfit in particular came from Irish-Bangladeshi artist Joy Crookes, who wore a heavily embroidered ensemble: a crop top with matching skirt and cape made by British designers Kate Walker and Natalie Roar.
Crookes shared an image of the outfit on Instagram with the caption "came dressed like an award in case I don't take any home tonight #BRITs," crediting South Asian-owned brands like Byredo and Alighieri for her makeup and jewellery. Designer Natalie Roar also shared the image on her Instagram, with a caption that read "this outfit was a labour of love made by women for women of colour for people who, in 2022, are still unable to see themselves represented in spaces like these to let you know that we see you and will never stop honouring you."
It's not the first time that Crookes' had a noteworthy look at the BRIT Awards either. Back in 2020, the neo-soul artist wore a traditional lehenga to the awards ceremony to make a statement about the industry's lack of South Asian artists. In an interview with POPSUGAR, Crookes explained that "When I wore the lehenga to the BRITs, that was just to make a point, that it's f*cking funny that I can go to an award ceremony and know that no one is going to be wearing my outfit because there's no South Asians in the music industry."