In a touching Instagram post, Maxwell shared some of the story behind Amil and his decision to create a stunning purple gown for her.
"Hala Kamil made her red carpet debut tonight at the 89th Academy Awards in a custom Brandon Maxwell look, made in purple to represent the color of her favorite flower, which happens to be my mother's favorite color as well," he wrote. "To me, every woman is a star and every star has a story. Hala's story sincerely touched me and I am truly honoured that I had the privilege to create this look for her celebrating this momentous occasion. The goal for my collection is always to empower all women and to not just make them look beautiful, but feel beautiful as well."
He continued, revealing a moving piece of Kamil's past relationship to film's biggest night: "She used to stay up with her husband every year and watch the Oscars from her home in Aleppo, which has now been destroyed, and tonight she walks the carpet. I hope she is having the time of her life."