Lily Gladstone Embodies Easy Elegance in a transparent Black Cape Dress at the 2024 Met Gala

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Lily Gladstone is making an unforgettable debut at fashion’s biggest night of the year.

Tonight, the Killers of the Flower Moon star arrived on the steps of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art for her first-ever appearance at the Met Gala. Gladstone wore a Gabriela Hearst ensemble, consisting of a bedazzled strapless black dress underneath a matching transparent cape with a train that dramatically pooled behind her.

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As a member of the Osage Nation, Gladstone often spotlights the work of Native American designers during her high-profile appearances on the red carpet. For instance, at the 2024 Oscars, the actor showed up in a majestic midnight-blue velvet gown, made in a collaboration between Gucci and Ironhouse Quillwork’s Joe Big Mountain, a designer with Mohawk, Cree, and Comanche ancestry.

hollywood, california march 10 lily gladstone attends the 96th annual academy awards on march 10, 2024 in hollywood, california photo by john shearerwireimage
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This year’s dress code is “The Garden of Time,” a concept inspired by J.G. Ballard’s 1962 short story of the same name. In essence, the theme examines the intrinsic connection between time and natural beauty—leaving the door wide open for attendees to interpret the dress code as they please.

“The Garden of Time” also complements the Costume Institute’s spring exhibition, “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion,” which will include about “250 objects spanning four centuries” from the institute’s vast collection, all of them “visually united by iconography related to nature, which will serve as a metaphor for the fragility and ephemerality of fashion,” according to a press release. The exhibition will feature a number of modern technologies in its display, too, “from cutting-edge tools, artificial intelligence, and computer-generated imagery to traditional formats of x-rays, video animation, light projection, and soundscapes.”

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