The 2018 Met Gala Gowns
On May 7 2018, the world’s eyes were fixed on the red carpet outside the Metropolitan Museum in New York. Crowds gathered outside the Met’s Fifth Avenue location to watch the glamorous arrivals for the Costume Institute Gala, this year themed “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.”
For his first Met Gala upon return to the house, DVF’s Nathan Jenden created six custom gowns for Diane von Furstenberg, her granddaughters, Talita von Furstenberg and Antonia Steinberg, and inspirational young women in different fields including Taylor Hill, Jourdan Dunn and Maya Hawke. Each dress was handcrafted at the DVF Atelier in downtown New York with materials and master craftsman brought from all of the world to create wrap dresses as never seen before.
“It is very emotional for me to have both my granddaughters at the Met,” says von Furstenberg. “Nathan, who has known them since they were little girls, designed dresses that express their personality and their imagination. We are all very happy to be ‘en famille’!”
“It’s really all about the family of women that is the DVF brand,” says Jenden. “I wanted to celebrate the aspects of Diane’s personality that are present in all of the women.”
“Each gown is a wrap dress and each is crafted with the character of the woman in mind,” said Jenden. “I really tried to hear each woman’s unique voice and to translate that to the gowns. So they should feel, as Diane always says, like the women they want to be.”
wears “Paradise Found”
Diane von Furstenberg wore a bias-cut column dress with side slits, covered in sequins on a chiffon base printed with clouds, and piped in satin-faced organza. The separate satin-faced organza kimono cape was hand-painted with clouds, a nod to a Halston dress brought to Diane’s attention by Andrew Bolton, the Head Curator of the Costume Institute.
wears “Ave Maria”
Talita von Furstenberg also celebrated her nineteenth birthday at the Gala. “I wanted her to feel like the belle of the ball and the birthday girl,” says Jenden, who created a custom pale blue wrap dress using 350 yards of hand-pleated tulle, hand-embellished with forty-eight thousand Swarovski crystals.
wears “Lady in Red”
For her first Met Gala, Diane’s granddaughter, Antonia Steinberg, wore a corseted wrap dress with a long train in deep red silk faille inspired by the elegant irreverence of Scarlett O’Hara.
wears “Cardinal Sin”
Taylor Hill wore a halter wrap dress with an attached cape in black heavy crepe juxtaposing her playful, youthful attitude with the traditional solemnity of a cardinal’s robe.
wears “Queen of Sheba”
Jourdan Dunn wore a white wrap dress cut in luxurious silk cady, with an open back cape and a separate ruff collar embellished with miniature pearl beads and diamanté crystals.
wears “The Secret History”
Maya Hawke, actress and the daughter of Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke, wore a black halter wrap dress with a black long, full skirt cut in silk taffeta with a white pleated collar, inspired by Shakespeare and Catholic queens of the 16th century.