GILDED GLAMOUR

The most glamorous night in fashion returned to the first Monday in May this year, and Michael Kors was front and center. This year’s Met Gala continued exploration into American fashion with the second installation of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s two-part exhibition, titled In America: An Anthology of Fashion. Michael arrived arm-in-arm with his date for the evening—Golden Globe-winning actress Sigourney Weaver—in addition to dressing Grammy Award-winning musician Ciara, influencer and entrepreneur Lori Harvey, social media sensation Addison Rae, multihyphenate actress Eiza González and models He Cong, Anok Yai and Rianne Van Rompaey. Ostrich feathers, recycled sequins and thousands of mirrored accents emphasized a fine focus on detail, as Michael shined a light on the craftsmanship of gilded glamour.

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CIARA

To create the waved effect on Ciara’s custom tulle gown, artisans spent 1,100 hours hand-embroidering 350,000 round sequins using a one-of-a-kind layered technique.

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SIGOURNEY WEAVER

Featuring 1,800,000 individually stitched paillette sequins, Sigourney Weaver’s chocolate double-faced crepe gown required more than 1,200 hours to hand-embroider.

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ADDISON RAE

Catching the light, Addison Rae wore a stretch tulle high-neck halter gown adorned with 11,000 mirrors of different shapes and sizes. The mirrors were attached with individually embroidered micro-beads in seven different shades to create an ombré effect.

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LORI HARVEY

Lori Harvey opted for a custom-made black Michael Kors Collection jersey gown with dramatic cutouts and flowing shoulder trains.

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ANOK YAI

It took artisans almost 2,600 hours to hand-embroider the impressive 4,190,000 individually stitched, recycled paillette sequins on Anok Yai’s custom fuchsia duchess satin ballgown.

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EIZA GONZÁLEZ

Approximately 28,800 crystals and 130 meters of dégradé ostrich feathers decorated Eiza González’s optic white gown. A matching silk organza dégradé ostrich feather jacket completed the statement look.

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HE CONG

He Cong’s custom draped silver metallic chiffon gown featured a slashed bodice and trailing shoulder scarf train.

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RIANNE VAN ROMPAEY

Crafted from crimson stretch jersey and double crepe sablé, Rianne Van Rompaey’s monochrome tuxedo took over 550 hours to craft, using 81,000 paillette sequins.