Update: 16:07 | 30/05/2020
The Voice Australia judge Kelly Rowland made her intentions loud and clear with a dazzling turquoise dress by famous Vietnamese designer Cong Tri.
The American singer, 39, drew attention and applause when she appeared in a Cong Tri creation – a turquoise mini dress with a plunging neckline, oversized shoulders and a large waist tie – for the Blind audition episode of The Voice Australia as a judge on Sunday.
Kelly Rowland and Ho Ngoc Ha in the same dress designed by Cong Tri.
"Kelly Rowland stunned viewers on The Voice Australia with her bold fashion choice. All eyes were on the former Destiny’s Child when she stepped out in a bright blue mini dress with massive, eye-catching shoulder pads," wrote Ireland news site Extra.ie.
Australian media was also agog about Rowland's fashion statement.
The Cong Tri dress draws inspiration from the 80s. The design was first introduced at the New York Fashion Week in September 2019, in the Spring/Summer 2020 collection. Cong Tri said the dress is made of high-end materials used by famous designer brands like Valentino, Oscar de la Renta and Dior.
Rowland’s agent contacted Cong Tri about the dress in April. The dress is custom made for Rowland’s curves. The Covid-19 pandemic made shipping difficult, but it did reach the singer in time for the show.
This design has been worn by some celebrities in Vietnam, notably singer Ho Ngoc Ha.
Last month, German-American supermodel Heidi Klum wore a sequinned mini dress by Cong Tri in a TV show called "Making the Cut". In March, rising American female rapper Lizzo appeared in a Cong Tri outfit – an oversized yellow dress – on the cover of the Glamour magazine.