These A-listers wore H&M to the Met Gala

The Met Gala is possibly the world’s most fashionable event. What better night to wear H&M, thought Ciara, Jennifer Hudson, Hailee Steinfeld, Lucky Blue and Pyper America Smith and Amber Valletta.
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Ciara in H&M for the Met gala, Getty Images.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Benefit, better known as the Met Gala, is one of the most prestigious nights in fashion. And if you are a designer or a brand, who you bring as your date – a.k.a. who you dress for the gala – is a big deal.

This year, H&M created custom-made looks for a whole bunch of fabulous people. The theme for last night’s benefit was ”fashion and technology”, referencing the theme of the upcoming Met exhibition “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology”. The exhibition celebrates both the machine and man-made in fashion, something that inspired the design team at H&M to use different techniques – from hand embroidery to laser-cutting. 

“We savour every moment in creating these looks for the Costume Institute Benefit gala. Fashion is our greatest love at H&M, and it’s deeply inspiring to make outfits for such amazing guests using the most exquisite techniques and detailing.” says Pernilla Wohlfahrt, Design and Creative Director at H&M.

The guests also joined H&M at its table at the gala, which was hosted by the fantastic four – Anna Wintour, Idris Elba, Jonathan Ive and Taylor Swift. 

Singer Ciara’s intricate and daring dress was hand-made as if by a jeweller, with pendants of Swarovski crystals and leaf-like metal chains. 

”"I have been a huge fan of H&M for a long time and I am delighted to have been invited and also had the opportunity to create a unique gown with the team. It has truly been a special experience all the way around," said Ciara. 

Singer and actress Jennifer Hudson wore a white bodice silk dress that showed the beauty of hand-embellishment, with 3D bugle beads, French knots and hand-melted sequins. 

“It’s been an amazing experience to collaborate with H&M to create a one of a kind dress. The stunning four foot train makes me feel so glamorous,” said Hudson.

Model Lucky Blue Smith looked sharp in an off-white Italian wool slim tuxedo blazer with a strong shoulder, worn over a white silk shirt, both fastened with Swarovski buttons, while his sister’s dress brought together machine and man-made techniques, with laser-cut vinyl feathers and fringing, all hand-sewn onto a silk tulle base with a sequin bodice. 

Actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld wore an emerald green gown that had effortless clean-cut glamour; its corseted bodice had a grid made of navette sequins overlaid with silk organza, while the floor-length silk satin skirt had a high central split.  

"As a personal fan of H&M's contributions to the fashion industry, I was especially proud to collaborate on a design that marries our tastes and highlights the theme of this year's Met Gala. It's been a wonderful partnership,” said Steinfeld.

Model Amber Valletta, who also is an activist for environment-friendly fashion, chose of course a dress made from more sustainable materials. Her dress was made of deep blue silk taffeta, embellished with over 1,000 hand-cut and sewn organic silk petals and recycled plastic sequins. 

Actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld in H&M, Getty Images.
It’s deeply inspiring to make outfits for such amazing guests.
Pernilla Wohlfahrt, Design and Creative Director at H&M
Lucky Blue Smith and sister Pyper Smith, Getty Images.
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