Exciting news! The blue gown worn by Constance Wu in the film "Crazy Rich Asians" is joining our collection. https://t.co/W5RcjivJ8w— National Museum of American History (@amhistorymuseum) May 15, 2019
Curator @TheoGonzalves explains in the film “The cast’s clothing plays a crucial role in marking social class among its characters." #APAHM
- The blue gown worn by Constance Wu's character Rachel in "Crazy Rich Asians" is being donated to the Smithsonian's National Museum Of American History in Washington D.C.
-Directer Jon M. Chu was speechless over the honor when he heard. " It became a Cinderella dress for people. I remember seeing moms make it for their little girls".
I remember seeing women wear it with a sense of pride".
- The gown will join "The Wizard of Oz " ruby red slippers and a handmaid costume from "The Handmaids Tale".
-Theodore S. Gonzalves , curator in the Divison of Culture and Community Life sought out the gown with Lisa Sasaki, Director Of The Smithsonian's Asian Pacific American Center.
- "The film's use of fashion is not merely decorative or secondary says Gonzalves. "The cast clothing plays a crucial role in marking social class
among its charaters. From Multi- Generational moneyed elites Peranakan( Straits-born Chinese immigrants) to the nouvea riche strivers of Singapore, to working class Chinese immigrants in the U.S. and their Asian American model minority progeny
- The gown was tailored to Wu's height and the original long billowing sleeves were removed.