All the Times Celebrities Championed Filipino Fashion on the Hollywood Carpet

Filipino fashion takes center stage.

From the City of Angels to the world premieres, Filipino fashion takes the scene.

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Filipino fashion is absolutely slaying the Hollywood scene. From red carpets to world premieres, one after another, Filipinos are pushing boundaries, embracing cultural heritage, and championing the unique craftsmanship that traditional Filipino clothing and elements bring to the table.

From Rajo Laurel, Michael Cinco, to Monique Lhuillier, Filipino designers have been dressing Hollywood’s brightest celebrities. However, it’s different when traditional ensembles take center stage. That being said, let’s dive deep into all the times celebrities championed Filipino fashion on the Hollywood red carpet.

Ana Cruz Kayne

As the whole world turns pink, Fil-Am actress Ana Cruz Kayne is no exception. Not only did she slay in a Filipiniana-inspired dress in the Barbie movie, but Anna also hauled the butterfly sleeves and Terno straight to Hollywood. At Barbie’s pink premiere in Los Angeles, Ana flaunted her heritage with a beaded Terno top and a glamorous floor-length fringe skirt. Earning enthusiastic praise as the ‘dreamiest Balintawak‘, the Terno bodice was created by none other than the FIlipiniana fashion designer Dennis Lustico. Adding a touch of Filipino pride, Dennis revealed that the actress specifically requested to wear “something Filipino” for this much-awaited event.

Bella Poarch

Bella Poarch has never been shy of flexing her Filipino roots, such as when she was spotted walking down the 20th Annual Unforgettable Gala Asian American Awards in a contemporary terno. Tapping into her roots, Bella wore a seafoam green crop top with butterfly sleeves. Adding her personality to the look, the Build a Bitch singer paired her terno top with a high-waisted crystal-embellished pink maxi skirt that had a thigh-high slit. ICYDK, Bella attended the event to co-present with another half-Filipino social media personality, Bretman Rock.

Jameela Jamil

Filipina fashion designer Monique Lhuillier is playing dress-up with Hollywood’s A-listers. Seriously, she’s become the go-to designer of the most prominent celebrities out there. At the Golden Globe Awards alone, her creations adorned the red carpet, worn by Emmy Rossum, Isla Fisher, Kaley Cuoco, and Jameela Jamil. Talk about a star-studded lineup!

While Monique’s works never missed, we’re particularly all about the coral-colored ensemble of Jameela Jamil. The Good Place actress served Filipino fashion elements with the sheer fabric and delicate flower embroidery.

Liza Soberano

Liza Soberano proudly flaunted Filipina sensibilities during Gold House’s 1st Annual Gold Gala in Hollywood. Liza was slaying it on the gold carpet alongside fellow Filipino actor James Reid, where she turned heads in an all-black couture customized by Filipino fashion designer Anthony Ramirez. The ensemble features an elegant corset-style bodice, which was a sultry take on the traditional Filipiniana. Again, a butterfly sleeve makes an appearance, nodding to traditional balintawak fashion.

Kris Aquino

In case you didn’t know, Kris Aquino is THE real crazy rich Asian. That being said, she pulled out all the stops for the world premiere of Crazy Rich Asians. The actress spoiled herself with not one, not two, but five gorgeous gowns to choose from. Well, she slayed the right choice of a Michael Leyva Filipiniana in her signature shade of yellow. The ensemble captures the traditional characteristics of a Filipiniana, complete with those fabulous butterfly sleeves, a long flowy skirt, and a blouse.

For Kris Aquino, representing her heritage was a small but meaningful effort. Oh, and here’s a fun fact: the actress was accompanied by her son at the world premiere, and he looked incredible in a barong.

Vanessa Hudgens

By now, it’s common knowledge that Vanessa Hudgens is half-Filipina. Despite being born and raised in the US, she has her Pinoy pride up her sleeves — literally. At the Met Gala 2022, the High School Musical actress honored her Filipino roots in a remarkable way. Her sheer all-black ensemble from Moschino featured puff sleeves that bore a striking resemblance to the iconic butterfly sleeves of the traditional Filipiniana.

Vanessa has always been repping her heritage, and she’s even talked about her hopes of making a project about her Manileña mother. Guess what? It’s actually coming true! 

Zoey Deutch

Once again, at the Met Gala, American actress Zoey Deutch wore a Dolce&Gabbana Alta Moda corset inlay gown in illusion tulle with gold embroidery, and cross-stitch floral motifs. With the presence of butterfly sleeves, intricate embroidery, and even the hair-in-a-bun style strutted by the Zombieland actress, it’s undeniable that the get-up was inspired by Filipino fashion. It’s a total bummer that the Italian fashion house didn’t give credit where credit was due. Yes, it caused quite a controversy. But can we all agree that Zoey looked heavenly?

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