How a Met Gala Dress Was Made for a Vogue Editor

It took five days and a whole lot of Swarovski crystals.

A sketch of the Mary Katrantzou dress
(Illustration: Courtesy Swarovski).
A bevy of crystals used on the dress
(Photo: Courtesy Swarovski/Amelia Troubridge).
All hands on deck
(Photo: Courtesy Swarovski/Amelia Troubridge).
A closeup of the crystal design
(Photo: Courtesy Swarovski/Amelia Troubridge).
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Working on the dress in Mary's atelier
(Photo: Courtesy Swarovski/Amelia Troubridge).
Mary works on the dress with her team
(Photo: Courtesy Swarovski/Amelia Troubridge).
Getting closer to completion
(Photo: Courtesy Swarovski/Amelia Troubridge).
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Mary and her dress
(Photo: Courtesy Swarovski/Amelia Troubridge).
Putting on some finishing touches
(Photo: Courtesy Swarovski/Amelia Troubridge).
Princess Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis hits the carpet in the final creation
(Photo: Erik Pendzich/REX/Shutterstock)

What’s made from 3-D satin bonded neoprene, studded with Swarovski crystals and micro sequins, finished off with gold foil and a reflective fabric, and took five days to make? A dress fit for the Met Gala, of course.

This golden creation was made by designer Mary Katrantzou, in her London atelier, specifically for Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis. Also known as Elisabeth TNT, this Vogue editor (and legitimate princess) needed a modern, futuristic dress to appease the theme of this year’s gala.

“I had a vision of something that was both ultra modern but with a very techie almost futuristic feel…For me Mary is the perfect example of this year’s theme,” explained Ms. von Thurn und Taxis by email. “She is a designer who works with the highest craftsmanship with ultra modern materials and techniques. In this case, laser-cut and a reflecting underskirt and of course all the beautiful hand sewn crystals…I think it came together really well.”

Of course Ms. von Thurn und Taxis’ selection of accessories added to the futuristic feel of the look, with feathery jewelry, custom made by Delfina Delettrez, plus an M2Malletier purse and Gianvito Rossi heels.

But what did Ms. Katrantzou think about making this golden creation? She explained to the Observer: “[This dress] is special because the use of technology in the laser cutting techniques and the duchess satin bonded onto foiled tulle. It works so well with the hand embroidered crystals and the black tulle shawl that is hand pleated to complete the dress.”

She also adored dressing Elisabeth TNT: “Elisabeth is the perfect woman to be wearing it to the Met. She is the epitome of a strong creative woman with timeless style and we had so much fun creating the dress together!”

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