Every year, stars arrive to the iconic red-carpeted stairs of the Metropolitan Museum of Art aiming to shake up the style scene and make a statement on the first Monday of May. In the gala’s 46-year history, countless, decade-defining looks have helped shape its reputation as one of the premiere fashion events of the year.
However, as that reputation grows bigger and bolder, so do the requirements to fulfill such expectation. Fortunately, thanks to the relatively new powers of social media, fans have more insight than ever into the elaborate routines celebrities follow for an event of such scale and vision.
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“[What] I want is to make them remember,” Pei told The Cut of the Magnificent Gold gown she exhibited at the Met.
To merge fashion with the digital world, Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig collaborated with IBM’s cognitive computer, “Watson,” and spent hundreds of hours developing what they called wearable technology. The result? A dress covered in flowers that would light up in different colors depending on people’s social media reactions. “The dress is emotionally talking to us,” they told E! News.
However, the outfit is only one of the many elements at work for the big night. A star is also groomed from head to toe, beginning with skin. There are a range of regimens and products celebrities turn to, from SK-II Facial Treatment Masks ($17) and head-to-toe microdermabrasion to time under LED lights and Tracie Martyn’s Red Carpet Facial ($450). Last year, Natura Bissé invited an elite list of celebrities to try their facial in a tent filled with 99.99 percent pure air. Like we said, there’s no limit.
“Every time I was trying on the dress, it has this really cool one-shoulder moment, and I liked my hair stopping at this certain point on the dress,” Upton explained to E! News. “Peter suggested that we just cut it, and we did. We just chopped it off…it grows back.”
The makeup is equally an “anything goes” game, as long as it contributes to the tone of the overall look. When Katy Perry dyed her brows less than an hour before getting into the car, it was all in the spirit of the evening. “She really did just want to be bold, take risks and embrace the night,” stylist Leslie Fremar told People.
Beyoncéalso rocked a handful of jewels in the form of $8 million worth of Lorraine Schwartz diamond rings. Whether the bling is on the fingers, the nails, the arms, ears or on the clothes themselves, you can always find it at the Met Gala.
Still, there’s no putting a price on beauty sleep when the night is over, the makeup is washed off, the jewels are returned and the dress is back in its garment bag.