Nicole Kidman Wore a Decadently Delightful Ball Gown to the 2024 Met Gala

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We come to this place (the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art) for magic (Nicole Kidman’s incredible Met Gala outfit).

Tonight, the Oscar-winning actor and beloved AMC ambassador returned to fashion’s biggest night with an unforgettable outfit. Kidman wore an incredible Balenciaga ball gown, a reference to an original Cristóbal Balenciaga haute couture design from 1951. The strapless dress featured an ivory satin bodice and half skirt, overlaying a voluminous skirt made out of tiers of black ruffles. She paired the dress with opera-length gloves and diamond bracelets.

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Kidman is a fixture on the Met Gala steps, having last attended the event in 2023, when she honored the Karl Lagerfeld-dedicated dress code by rewearing the feathered blush gown that she had previously worn during a 2004 Chanel No. 5 ad.

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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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