Blake Lively’s Met Gala 2018 Dress Took Over 600 Hours to Make
There were many eye-catching dresses at the 2018 Met Gala—like Rihanna’s and Ariana Grande’s, to name just two—but only Blake Lively’s was fit for Serena Van der Woodsen, queen of the Met steps. The Gossip Girl actor showed up in a rich crimson Versace gown complete with detailed embroidery, a jewel-encrusted bodice, and a full train. She finished the look with a pair of emerald earrings and a halo-esque headpiece.
Lively’s husband, Ryan Reynolds, didn’t join her on the carpet this time—the pair shared a sweet tribute at last year’s gala—but it doesn’t matter: We doubt anyone was able to tear their eyes away from Lively’s gorgeous ensemble long enough to notice. See her look, below:
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Lively managed to keep her dress under wraps until the moment she stepped onto the Met Gala carpet with a little help from an ornate bathrobe. She was spotted on her way to gala, with Christian Louboutin by her side, in the robe, a pair of sunglasses, and some stunning heels. (Louboutin was carrying a second pair.) The only surprise that was mildly spoiled was her hairstyle. Lively also shared a few sneak peeks of the scene inside her limo on Instagram Stories, with one video showing her gown sprawled out before her and another of the help required to put on her shoes.
This look didn’t come together overnight: In fact, over 600 hours went into making her gown. “This year’s may be my favorite dress ever,” Blake said to Vogue in March. “They’ve already worked on it for 600 hours, and it’s not done.” While not much was known about the dress before its Met Gala debut, she did reveal at the time that it would involve beading detail and that the intricate work might inspire a custom piece of jewelry by Lorraine Schwartz. Blake said of the jewelry maker, “She’s looking at the beading of my dress and designing a piece based on that.”
The actress has always been one to watch at the annual gala. Last year she wore a gold dress with a blue feathered train (accessorized with Lorraine Schwartz jewelry). Back in 2016 she wore a pale pink Burberry strapless gown with a flower-printed train soon after announcing she was pregnant with her second child.
But with more than 600 hours of hard work poured into her latest dress, it seems safe to say that her 2018 pick didn’t disappoint.
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