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A-list dress designer Elizabeth Kennedy backs #Askhermore

Elizabeth Kennedy loved working with Mindy Kaling and Laverne Cox during the 2016 awards season.

Red carpet dress designer Elizabeth Kennedy is behind the Reese Witherspoon backed #Askhermore campaign.

The movement, which seeks to get reporters to ask actresses about more than just their dresses, came to prominence during the 2015 awards season, with Reese talking about it on her Instagram account.

Elizabeth is all for the idea, and says it’s enough for a star to just mention the designer she’s wearing, and then move on to more serious questions, like the ones posed to their male co-stars.

“#Askhermore is an important movement, and I think it really reflects what’s going on in the world, not just the red carpet, so I’m in full support,” Elizabeth told The Hollywood Reporter. “As a designer, having a celebrity wear your gown to a big event is sort of the best publicity you can get, honestly. Not only for exposure, but it’s sort of validation, and it’s kind of a rite of passage. And it’s fun. People love seeing these incredible gowns on their favourite actresses. It’s so glamorous.”

Elizabeth has seen her designs worn at the 2016 Oscars, courtesy of Mindy Kaling, and the Golden Globes, thanks to Laverne Cox. Uzo Aduba also chose her designs for the Olivier Awards and the premiere of her hit show Orange Is the New Black.

While she’s reluctant to pick her favourite dress moment, Elizabeth admits having one of her dresses chosen for the Academy Awards was hard to beat.

“It’s hard because I really loved working with both Mindy and Laverne just because of what they stand for — they’re just so intelligent and interesting and strong women. But I’d have to say that having a gown at the Oscars was a pretty proud moment for us,” she beamed.

And as for her dream client, Elizabeth is setting her sights on “sophisticated and elegant” Cate Blanchett.

“She looks beautiful in everything she wears,” she praised.

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