If anyone had a busy Met Gala, it was Kate Young. The talented stylist behind actresses like Dakota Johnson, Nina Dobrev, and Sophie Turner, Young was charged with perfecting multiple takes on camp before it came time for her clients to walk the red carpet. Each woman received their own spin on the concept—Johnson’s bleeding-heart Gucci gown and newcomer Kristine Froseth’s dreamy Chanel were quite different from each other—but they all adhered to the night’s overarching theme.
Naturally, Young’s work began months in advance, connecting with designers and brands to create stunning custom gowns, and on the weekend before the gala, it was all about locking in those final details. In this exclusive Vogue diary, Young takes the cameras along for the experience as she finds the perfect jewels, kitschy handbags, and embellished heels. Pausing only for a quick brunch with pals like designer Victor Glemaud or coffee with Dobrev, Young’s images offer an insider’s view on the big event:
Final fittings for the Met started on Thursday this year because Nina Dobrev had a crazy wedding and bachelorette weekend. Because her dress was 3-D-printed, we tried a test version first that wasn't quite as clear as the one she wore. Zack, Nina, and I drank lots of coffee and figured out the underdress, talked about jewelry, and took some Insta-videos.
My next fitting was with Sophie Turner who wore a superhero-pant look from Louis Vuitton that was fully embroidered with sequins in the colors of the Pompidou Center in Paris. It fit perfectly and looked like heaven.
Sunday morning I started the day at Chanel with Kristine Froseth, who is their newest face. Her couture dress had feathers and beautiful black and gold embroidery. We thought that it would be cute if she wore the bag that looked like a Chanel No. 5 bottle and had tons of Chanel brooches in her ponytail.
I was super-excited to get to Dakota [Johnson]’s Gucci fitting to finally see the bleeding-heart gown. Tiny metallic drops of blood trailed down the entire thing from the central red heart. We tried a few crowns and decided on the silver to avoid being too Grecian with gold. We also fitted Grace, her gorgeous model sister, in a multicolored lamé number.
Leaving the Mark, I ran into Victor Glemaud on the street, and we decided to have an early supper at the Met Breuer. I cannot recommend the Sunday supper there highly enough.
Finally, Nina arrived in New York City, and we got to try on the real clear plastic dress. Chris McMillan stopped in, and we all agreed on a hairstyle inspired by a Zac Posen show years ago.
On the way home from the fitting, I got on the glam text threads and discussed hair and makeup with everyone’s teams. Christian Wood had the best idea for Sophie’s hair, and we all got excited about glitter.
The morning of the Met I went to Fort Pilates to clear my mind, and all the teacher talked about was the Met Ball, so that was funny . . . and not simultaneously (just kidding, Brendan, I love your enthusiasm). The weather was perfection—truly the perfect New York spring day!
Nina started first—we tried her $2 million Harry Winston earrings on, found a pair of Louboutins that fit, discussed the benefits of lymphatic drainage massage, and settled on a makeup look with Charlotte Tilbury.
From there I headed to Sienna Miller’s place to check that her Paco Rabanne metal mesh dress was perfect, drop off the Messika diamonds, and give her makeup artist Wendy Rowe a hug.
Finally to the hotel where Dakota and Sophie were getting ready: I was excited to see Joe when I arrived in Sophie’s room wearing a shirt that totally matched her look and to see the sapphire-and-emerald earrings that Louis Vuitton found for her.
In Dakota’s room, everything was chill, and Grace was looking like the height of camp with a little pink net over her hairdo. We all ordered a martini and, cheers, they headed out the door!
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