Diving into the multiverse for the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s (MCU) Everything Everywhere All At Once may have introduced Michelle Yeoh to a new generation of fans, but in reality, the 60-year-old actor has been hitting it out of the park throughout her 20-year career, both on and off-screen.
Those of us old enough will remember her early career triumphs in martial arts films before hitting it big in the 1997 James Bond movie, Tomorrow Never Dies and 2000’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, both in which Yeoh did her own stunts.
A turn in Crazy Rich Asians might’ve see the Malaysian-born actor don designer after designer in the 2018 hit, but Yeoh has honed her own style niche off-screen.
Working with stylist Jordan Johnson Chung, who also works with the likes of Sandra Oh, Jennifer Garner and Katherine Hahn, Yeoh can be found reaching for glamorous glittering gowns for award shows, and upping the ante with fashion-forward looks at photocalls and events (see: her BAFTA Tea Party lilac shorts suit).
With the Academy Awards just around the corner, and Yeoh already a favourite to take home the top prize, we take a look at her style trajectory and what we can expect from her on the red carpet over the upcoming Awards Season.
Michelle Yeoh's best looks
2023: Critics Choice Awards
Michelle Yeoh has carved out a niche of elegant, classic gowns with a fashion-forward twist – like this strapless Carolina Herrera gown with a voluminous magenta sleeve and train detail.
2023: Golden Globes
The Golden Globes Best Actress in a Motion Picture award-winner picked up her gong in a show-stopping sequin gown by Armani Privé.
2023: AFI Awards Luncheon
The actor added a pop of colour to her Schiaparelli tailored trouser suit, with a silk yellow Gabriela Hearts bag and a blue tint on the frames of her glasses.
2023: BAFTA Tea Party
She mixed it up with a lilac short suit by Off-White at the BAFTA tea party earlier this year.
2023: Palm Springs International Film Awards
Yeoh's style has gradually been more and more experimental throughout the 2023 Awards Season so far, stepping out in sculptural Schiaparelli at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
2022: Toronto International Film Festival
Yeoh was the picture of understated glamour in a gold skirt and a simple white shirt at the Toronto International Film Festival.
2022: Met Gala
Yeoh stepped onto the 2022 Met Gala red carpet in a green, caped gown by Prabal Gurung. The off-the-shoulder dress was made entirely from upcycled materials.
2022: Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week
The actor swapped sleek lines for an oversized crinkled satin Balenciaga dress at a party celebrating the brand’s couture show in 2022.
2019: Vanity Fair Oscars Party
Yeoh added a baroque edge to her otherwise all-black outfit with golden embroidery.
2019: SAG Awards
The actor pulled out all the stops with embellishments in the shape of sparkles and feathers for the SAG awards in 2019.
2010: Mariinsky Ball
Yeoh's canary yellow strapless gown stands the test of time, even if her peep-toe sling-backs scream 2010.
1997: Tomorrow Never Dies
Even in a leather all-in-one jumpsuit, Yeoh looks great. Can she do no wrong?
1997: Tomorrow Never Dies premiere
Yeoh's embellished lace dress at the Tomorrow Never Dies premiere in 1997 proves her love of sparkles has been around for decades.
1996: Supercop premiere
Even early on in her career, Yeoh understood the impact of a well-fitted and eye-catching dress on the red carpet.