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August 2022

Scoop from Celebrity Stylist Jill Swid: The Met Ball 2011

The Costume Institute Gala – Who Wore What

By Jill Swid

Gilles Mendel, Taylor Swift

The Metropolitan Institute of Costume Gala also known as the Met Ball is always filled with A-list celebrities and fashion royalty who set the trends for all of us. This year, the late Alexander McQueen was honored with exhibition entirely dedicated to his work.  Friends and fans like Sarah Jessica Parker, Naomi Campbell, and Daphne Guinness rocked some of the house’s most iconic designs. Guinness might as well be a McQueen mascot as the feathered frock she wore seemed like it was created with her in mind.  Gisele was the most stunning in bright red McQueen.

The models went for the minis. Miranda Kerr channeled her inner swan in a white hot Marchesa dress while Hilary Rhoda opted for a short, albeit sophisticated, McQueen moment.

Anna Wintour
Anna Wintour dazzled in a Chanel gown from the Spring 2011 Haute Couture Collection, which surprised many since the evening celebrated the work of Alexander McQueen. The Vogue Editor-in-Chief is clearly a creature of habit and has been wearing Karl Lagerfeld’s creations for the past few galas. So why break with tradition now?

Tory Burch, Kanye West
Tory Burch stepped into the menswear realm by designing a one-button tuxedo for Kanye West. The dapper artist has been a fan of hers for quite some time and has been spotted at several of her fashion week presentations.

The night’s biggest miss was Kristen Stewart, whose ill-fitting Proenza Schouler gown was hard on the eyes.  And why did Serena Williams feel the need to wear a bridal gown? Her Oscar de la Renta confection is perfect for a winter wedding, but it seemed totally out of place on the red carpet.

Jennifer Lopez’s Gucci gown would have been quite glamorous if not for the floral shrug blossoming on her shoulders. I did love Brooklyn Decker in Michael Kors and Diane Kruger in Jason Wu though!
Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning

White Hot:
Serena Williams in Oscar de la Renta
Miranda Kerr in Marchesa
Naomi Campbell in Alexander McQueen
Liv Tyler in Givenchy

Stunning in Sand:
Salma Hayek in Alexander McQueen
Taylor Swift in J. Mendel
Ashley Greene in Donna Karan
Dakota Fanning in Valentino

Mad for Metallics:
Sarah Jessica Parker in Alexander McQueenAnna Wintour
Gwyneth Paltrow in Stella McCartney
Renee Zellwegger in Carolina Herrera
Claire Danes in Calvin Klein
Jessica Alba in Ralph Lauren
Kate Hudson in Stella McCartney
Fergie in Marchesa

Photos are Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art/BFAnyc.com

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2 Responses to “Scoop from Celebrity Stylist Jill Swid: The Met Ball 2011”
  1. Nicole says:

    Jill, I love hearing your perspective on fashion’s biggest night. Looking forward to the next fashion round-up!

  2. Juliana says:

    When I first saw it and before I had read any comemnts or reports about the dress, I was immediately reminded of Grace Kelly’s wedding gown. While I think Grace Kelly’s gown was more elegant and more fit for a Queen (or princess), Middleton’s gown was very reminiscent of the Grace Kelly look.