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Michelle Yeoh's best looks, as Everything Everywhere tops Oscar nominations

Michelle Yeoh is no stranger to show-stopping looks on and off screen. (Getty Images)
Michelle Yeoh is no stranger to show-stopping looks on and off screen. (Getty Images)

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 arrives at the 28th Annual Critics Choice Awards in 2023
Michelle Yeoh arrives at the 28th Annual Critics Choice Awards in 2023. (Getty Images)

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

Michelle Yeoh poses with the Best Actress in a Motion Picture award at the Golden Globe Awards, 2023
Michelle Yeoh poses with the Best Actress in a Motion Picture award at the Golden Globe Awards, 2023. (Getty Images)

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

Michelle Yeoh at the AFI Awards Luncheon in 2023. (Getty Images)
Michelle Yeoh at the AFI Awards Luncheon in 2023. (Getty Images)

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

Michelle Yeoh at the The BAFTA Tea Party in 2023.
Michelle Yeoh at the The BAFTA Tea Party in 2023. (Getty Images)

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

Michelle Yeoh at the 34th Annual Palm Springs International Film Awards in 2023
Michelle Yeoh at the 34th Annual Palm Springs International Film Awards in 2023. (Getty Images)

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

Michelle Yeoh at the TIFF Tribute Awards Gala during the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival. (Getty Images)
Michelle Yeoh at the TIFF Tribute Awards Gala during the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival. (Getty Images)

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

Michelle Yeoh on the 2022 Met Gala red carpet.
Michelle Yeoh on the 2022 Met Gala red carpet. (Getty Images)

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

Michelle Yeoh arrives at Hotel de la Marine on July 06, 2022
Michelle Yeoh outside the Balenciaga fashion show for Haute Couture week in July, 2022. (Getty Images)

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

Michelle Yeoh at the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones. (Getty Images)
Michelle Yeoh at the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones. (Getty Images)

Yeoh added a baroque edge to her otherwise all-black outfit with golden embroidery.

2019: SAG Awards

Michelle Yeoh at the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2019.
Michelle Yeoh at the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2019. (Getty Images)

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

Michelle Yeoh at the Mariinsky Ball of Montblanc White Nights Festival at Catherine Palace in 2010. (Getty Images for Montblanc)
Michelle Yeoh at the Mariinsky Ball of Montblanc White Nights Festival at Catherine Palace in 2010. (Getty Images)

Yeoh's canary yellow strapless gown stands the test of time, even if her peep-toe sling-backs scream 2010.

1997: Tomorrow Never Dies

Michelle Yeoh  as agent Wai Lin in the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies
Michelle Yeoh as agent Wai Lin in the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies. (Getty Images)

Even in a leather all-in-one jumpsuit, Yeoh looks great. Can she do no wrong?

1997: Tomorrow Never Dies premiere

Tomorrow Never Dies motion picture, 1997. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Michelle Yeoh at the premiere for Tomorrow Never Dies, 1997. (Getty Images)

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

Michelle Yeoh poses with Jackie Chan at the premiere of Supercop in 1996
Michelle Yeoh poses with Jackie Chan at the premiere of Supercop in 1996. (Getty Images)

Even early on in her career, Yeoh understood the impact of a well-fitted and eye-catching dress on the red carpet.