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Kumail Nanjiani on why he chose a Pakistani designer for 'Eternals' premiere

Kumail Nanjiani 43, stepped out in style, flaunting his desi heritage with a purple and gold sherwani

By Web Desk
October 19, 2021

Hollywood's beloved Kumail Nanjiani brought Pakistani fashion to the red carpet premiere of Marvel Studio's Eternals on Monday as he stunned in a sherwani from a designer based in his home country.

The 43-year-old Academy Award-nominated star stepped out in style, flaunting his desi heritage with a purple and gold sherwani at the red carpet of his new Marvel film, Eternals, outside of Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Monday.

The Stuber actor was accompanied with his wife Emily V. Gordon, who dropped jaws in a black and white dress.

While opening up about about his tribute to Pakistani style to The Hollywood Reporter, Nanjiani said he wanted to wear a Pakistani designer's creation as his attire in the film reminded him of sherwanis.

Kumail Nanjiani was accompanied with his wife Emily V. Gordon, who dropped jaws in a black and white dress
Kumail Nanjiani was accompanied with his wife Emily V. Gordon, who dropped jaws in a black and white dress

“I wanted to wear a Sherwani because 1. They look awesome and 2. My costume in the film always reminded me of Sherwanis. And I wanted to use a designer in Pakistan, not just a Pakistani designer in the U.S. So I called my mom, she gave me names of three amazing designers in Pakistan," he said.

Nanjiani's stylist, Jeanne Yang and him eventually connected to Pakistani designer Umar Sayeed, based in Karachi, Pakistan. “I wanted the colors to be similar to my costume colors, and purple and gold are a beautiful combination. The paisley pattern is very traditional as well," said Nanjiani.

The actor's stylist added: “They hand-beaded this beautiful paisley pattern in the front and they did this beautiful pattern on the back with gold thread. They made it to his exact measurements. We only had to do a few minor adjustments.”

“It was wonderful for Kumail to have this gorgeous handmade piece for this special event, his first Marvel film. It’s really nice that he’s able to wear something that is a traditional piece of wardrobe. I love that he has an appreciation for where he comes from," she added.

Back in September, Nanjiani spoke to ET about his experience working for the Marvel film: "I am so, so pumped. I am so excited. The movie is absolutely amazing. The movie is so, so good. I can't wait for everybody to see it.”

"The scale of it, it is so big, it is so epic. It spans thousands of years, it is all over the world, like truly, it is a global movie. It is very international. We go all over the world, so it's really like the scale of it. It is one of the biggest movies I have ever seen,” he said.

The star-studded film also features Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Kit Harrington, Richard Madden and more.