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. 

Ava DuVernay Oscars dress
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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.

Ava DuVernay dress
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"A small sign of solidarity. I chose to wear a gown by a designer from a majority Muslim country," DuVernay wrote on Twitter.

Ava DuVernay Oscars dress
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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.

Her gown was designed by Mohammed Ashi, who is from Saudi Arabia.

Ava DuVernay Oscars gown
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His design studio is in Beirut, Lebanon, where over half of the population is Muslim.

Ashi recognized DuVernay for using his designs to make a statement.

Ashi Studio on Duvernay's dress
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"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.

Ava DuVernay Trayvon Martin tweet
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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.