This is where Ava Duvernay's Oscars dress is from, and why that matters
Some of the fashion we see on the red carpet has deep meaning for the celebrities who are wearing it. When we saw Ava Duvernay step out at the 2017 Academy Awards tonight, we recognized right away that she was a vision. She wore a silver, long-sleeve gown with a high neckline that had baroque-like patterns. Yes, she was a vision, but it turns out there’s a lot more behind her dress that just a good look.
Ava tweeted a picture of herself at the Oscars and let everyone know that she chose to wear a dress from Ashi Studio, which is located in Beirut, Lebanon, a place in which over half of the population is Muslim. She wrote that this was “a small sign of solidarity.”
“I chose to wear a gown by a designer from a majority Muslim country,” Ava write. “Thanks to @AshiStudio of Lebanon.” The designer, Mohammed Ashi, is from Saudi Arabia.
In a time of unrest in our country when President Trump has issued a Muslim ban on innocent individuals from seven different Muslim-majority countries, Ava is boldly and gracefully taking a stand for Muslim individuals everywhere by wearing a dress from Lebanon.
There are so many positive responses to Ava’s tweet so far, especially because she took a moment before the Oscars even started to honor Trayvon Martin, who was shot down and killed at the tender age of 16. Today is the anniversary of his death. Along with Kerry Washington and Tracee Ellis Ross, she used the hashtag #OurSonTrayvon to pay homage to him and his family.
Ava is the director of the documentary 13th, which was nominated for Best Documentary Feature. The film shed light on the intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the U.S. and its devastating impact on people of color. Her work is eye-opening, particularly in showing how black communities are marginalized, and it makes us think twice about what justice truly means in America.
If anyone was going to be the one to use their Oscars dress to make a political statement, it’s Ava Duvernay. We love what she stands for.