At the Oscars on Sunday, director and screenwriter Ava DuVernay made a major political statement.
But instead of using her words, she let her dress do the talking.
At first, many red carpet onlookers might've assumed that DuVernay fell in love with her stunning silver gown because it's beautiful. But it turns out her dress actually had a hidden meaning:
DeVernay wore this gorgeous, long-sleeve Ashi Studio gown to the Academy Awards to send a powerful message to Donald Trump.
"A small sign of solidarity. I chose to wear a gown by a designer from a majority Muslim country," DuVernay wrote on Twitter.
Her dress took aim at Trump and his controversial travel ban, which primarily affected Muslim-majority countries.
After president Trump issued a travel ban that unfairly targeted seven Muslim countries, DuVernay decided to take a stand by wearing a dress by a Muslim designer.
Ashi recognized DuVernay for using his designs to make a statement.
"Her message was clear," Ashi Studio posted on Instagram. "She showed a strong opposition to Trump's anti-Muslim ban by wearing a dress by Mohammed Ashi, a designer from Saudi Arabia who launched Ashi Studio in Lebanon a decade ago."
But before she even arrived to the Oscars red carpet, DuVernay took a moment to tweet her support for another cause.
She posted an tweet to honor Trayvon Martin five years after his death.
"On my way to Oscars, taking a moment to remember Trayvon Martin," she wrote. "Our hoodies are still up and the movement is still strong."
DuVernay certainly knows how to make a statement — one outfit at a time.
As Ashi Studio pointed out, the director proves that fashion is not always about clothes.