Sandra Oh’s Emmys look: a customized jacket reading ‘Black Lives Are Precious’


I care about Sandra Oh and I was sad that she lost out on yet another Emmy Award. She is truly the Amy Adams of the Emmys. Sandra has now been nominated for EIGHT Emmy Awards and she’s lost every time, for Grey’s Anatomy and Killing Eve. It’s rough. She has won Golden Globes and several SAG Awards though, so it’s not like she’s been blanked entirely, across all award shows.

Last night, Sandra lost again and she even had the link-up camera at home, so we saw her loser face (she actually looked happy for Zendaya, but still). Sandra’s Emmy outfit was worth discussing, because honestly, I thought more people would do what she did – wear something comfortable and meaningful rather than “glam.” Sandra wore regular old pants and a specially-made jacket and match mask in a lovely shade of violet. She spoke to British Vogue about the meaning behind the custom look.

Why she decided to have the jacket & mask made: “These are unusual times. And, in a lot of ways, it’s been an extremely creative one. We’re having to reconsider the whole system of awards shows and fashion and red carpets. Everybody’s used to having relationships and fittings with designers of a certain prominence – and this shift has forced me to reflect on who I am and how I express myself through clothes.”

On Black Lives Matter:
“After George Floyd’s death and the protests that followed, I felt that as an Asian-American, a Korean-American person, I wanted to express my support for the Black community in a way that felt personal to my community. Then, a playwright friend of mine sent me this local LA brand, KORELIMITED, by the designer Matthew Kim, who had done a line of T-shirts and hoodies to support Black Lives Matter. Even though it’s really different from what you would normally wear on a red carpet, I contacted my stylist Elizabeth Saltzman and asked if it would be possible to collaborate with Kim for the Emmys.”

The customized pieces: A few emails later, and the KORE team had agreed to work with Oh on a custom bomber jacket embroidered with symbols that honour both Black culture and Oh’s own Korean heritage. (Fittingly, KORE stands for Keepin’ Our Roots Eternal.) “It’s in a royal purple colour – which is a super Korean colour and brings a certain mindset for me – and it says ‘Black Lives Are Precious’ in Korean writing, because the literal translation of Black Lives Matter is impossible in Korean. The characters have to be read top to bottom, right to left, [a traditional way of writing Korean script] and there are dashes, or taegukgi, lifted from the Korean flag, which represent celestial bodies and the natural elements and all of that good stuff. And then on the right there’s a mugunghwa [hibiscus], the national flower of Korea.”

She did her own hair & makeup: “My hair is really long now – I have Covid hair – so I’m going to try and copy some of the long braids and really elaborate hairdos from pictures. Somehow I just feel like that hair lends itself to the streetwear.”

[From British Vogue]

I love this! I love that she contacted an independent streetwear company (Korean-American-owned) to make her specialized pieces saying “Black Lives Are Precious.” Kore Limited liked the collab so much, they’ve made more and they’re selling them, with proceeds benefiting Campaign Zero and Black Girls Code. The jacket is so cool too, and it’s so beautiful. Aren’t you surprised that more people didn’t take the time to get some kind of custom pieces like this made?

Photos courtesy of social media.

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  1. Joan Callamezzo says:

    How thoughtful. How beautiful.

  2. GR says:

    That’s so cool of her!

  3. Tiffany says:

    As if I need another reason to fall more in love with Sandra.

  4. minime says:

    Wow! She’s not only an amazing actress, she’s also a thoughtful and beautiful human being 💜 I hope she gets her long deserved Emmy soon!

  5. TQ says:

    Love this! Sandra Oh is so awesome!

  6. BnLurkN4eva says:

    This was an excellent idea and I wish others had done something similar. It’s La La Land though, unless the good is organized it’s not really happening spontaneously.

  7. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I see this taking off. The idea is so simple but so effective AND affective, you’re like…Duh! She’s a beautiful person inside and out, and yeah, she’s always deserving of more trophies.

  8. Jess says:

    She is precious, I didn’t think I could love her even more, what a thoughtful thing to do.

  9. Gigi says:

    thats beautiful and I thought I wouldn’t cry this early today. 💜🖤

  10. Smash says:

    The jacket looks great, and that’s a truly awesome slogan! 🙂 Love her!

  11. Michelle says:

    I love her so much! It’s a beautiful jacket and I love the meaning and symbolism that she explained.

  12. Stacy Dresden says:

    Wow. What a selfless act. I love her!

  13. Dierski says:

    What a beautiful and thoughtful thing for her to do!! Plus the jacket/mask combo is gorgeous and I want one. 😍

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  15. LeaTheFrench says:

    Well done. Thoughtful and meaningful, and far from the PR stunts we see sometime from A list actors. What a beautiful gesture.

  16. Emma33 says:

    So beautiful and meaningful – and I love the jacket! Usually when people make statement pieces they aren’t items that the ordinary person could afford or wear. But this is so clever, because she’s making a statement but also producing something that a heap of people would love to wear. Well done Sandra!

  17. Lucy2 says:

    I love everything about this!

    I could’ve sworn she won last year? Maybe it was the Golden Globe or some thing. I hope she does win an Emmy at some point, she’s incredibly talented.