Sandra Oh didn’t let the mostly virtual Emmy show stop her from making a fashion statement.
At the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Oh sported a custom bomber jacket and a symbol-embroidered mask celebrating Oh’s black culture and Korean heritage.
“It’s in a royal purple color – which is a super Korean color and gives me a certain mood – and it says ‘Black Lives Are Precious’, in Korean script, because the literal translation of Black Lives Matter is impossible in Korean, ”Oh told British Vogue.
Korean words are flanked by dashes, or taegukgi, raised from the flag of South Korea, and its sleeves are adorned with mugunghwa, the national flower of Korea.
The “Killing Eve” star said she wanted to work with a lesser-known designer and create an outfit that reflects who she is at the awards, where she won her third consecutive Emmy nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Drama Series for. her performance as Eve Polastri.
This engagement led her to Matthew Kim, creator of the Los Angeles-based Korelimited brand, who recently released a collection in support of Black Lives Matter.
“These are unusual times,” Oh said. “After the death of George Floyd and the protests that followed, I felt that as an Asian American, of Korean descent, I wanted to express my support for the black community in a way which seemed personal to my community.
To finish off the look, Oh said she did her own hairstyles and makeup, inspired by the young girls in “Korean folklore stories” she heard as a child.
Oh, who is from Canada, celebrated the victories of his colleagues, including fellow Canadians of “Schitt’s Creek,” a top-honored comedy, as well as six other awards.
While Oh didn’t win any awards, many on Twitter said the actress won in other ways by bringing the Black Lives Matter movement to the fore.
“Now is the time to wear a fashion that matters and sends the right message,” Oh said.