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Oscars 2020: Waad al-Kateab's Arabic-inscribed dress leads best Middle Eastern looks at the Academy Awards

posted on: Feb 11, 2020

It’s a night that attracts many of the world’s most famous fashion labels to the red carpet – but it wasn’t only the runways of Paris or New York represented at the Academy Awards this year.

The 92nd annual Oscars, which took place in LA on Sunday, February 9, were given a little extra sparkle thanks to some of the region’s most renowned designers.

However, it was emerging name Reem Masri, of Syria, who made headlines for a gown she designed for For Sama director Waad al-Kateab.

The filmmaker, whose study of a family in war-torn Aleppo was nominated for Best Documentary Feature, wore a dress inscribed with Arabic on its train. The passage translates as: “We dared to dream, and we will not regret dignity.”

Scroll through the gallery above to see the best Middle Eastern designs on the red carpet at the Oscars 2020.

Meanwhile, Lebanese couturier Elie Saab dressed Grey’s Anatomy star Sandra Oh in a softly glimmering, peach-hued gown, complete with theatrical swirls of tulle around the hem and statement shoulders.

Fellow Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad kitted out actress Molly Sims in a plunging, long-sleeved fawn number, finished with an artfully draped skirt. Youssra also turned to his namesake label, sporting an elegant gold and cream floor-sweeper with a sculpted bodice.

Murad also dressed Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross for the annual Vanity Fair Oscar Party, with the actress looking like an actual Oscar in a shimmering golden gown with caped sleeves.

Rami Kadi and Atelier Zuhra were also among the Middle Eastern labels showcasing their creations on the red carpet.