“I Knew It Was the One”: Margot Robbie On Getting Ready for the 2023 Met Gala
Margot Robbie was one of the many guests at this year’s Met Gala who wore black, but her gown boasted a special historical significance.
The theme of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual extravaganza, one that asked guests to come dressed “in honor of Karl Lagerfeld” to celebrate the Costume Institute’s newest exhibition, “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty”, saw attendees draw from various sources of inspiration. Present were the details that Lagerfeld included so often in his designs at Chloé, Fendi and especially Chanel, from chains and ribbons to Chanel’s signature camellias. Attendees also nodded to elements of Lagerfeld’s distinctive, monochrome uniform: sunglasses, ties and fingerless motorcycle gloves.
That the 32-year-old Robbie therefore, a longtime ambassador of Chanel, would attend the Met Gala in a piece from the house archives was somewhat inevitable. She chose a black silk chiffon gown with plastic and gold chain detailing at the waist, first worn by Cindy Crawford as part of Chanel’s haute couture spring 1993 collection. Stylist Andrew Mukamal accessorized the look simply: no necklace, just diamonds on the ears and fingers.
It was an elegance that was echoed in Robbie’s beauty look, which came courtesy of make-up artist Pati Dubroff. “My inspiration for tonight’s look is clean, glowy, fresh and heightened perfection,” explained Dubroff to Vogue as Robbie was getting ready. “I wanted to achieve a shine to mimic her Chanel dress.”
Robbie’s hairstylist Bryce Scarlett also kept the actor’s ’do minimal, opting for slightly side-swept Old Hollywood waves.
Ahead of the Met Gala, we sat down with Robbie to discuss the inspiration behind her look, and how Lagerfeld continues to influence Virginie Viard’s approach at Chanel. Below, our conversation.
Vogue Australia: How did you choose the outfit you’re wearing tonight?
Margot Robbie: I’ve always loved to look back at the ’90s and when I saw this gown from the spring 1993 couture collection, I loved everything about it. When I heard the original was part of the exhibition, I knew it was the one.
How is the look you are wearing tonight iconic to Chanel?
From the moment I saw this gown from the spring 1993 couture collection, I loved how it used the classic and iconic Chanel chain trimming along the corset. It made me immediately think of the first vintage Chanel bag I saved up for when I was younger.
What do you like the most about Virginie Viard’s approach at Chanel?
Virginie merged her unique and modern vision for Chanel with the history of the house and Karl’s decades of work so beautifully. I’m always excited to see how she envisions the Chanel woman for the modern era.
How is sharing this moment of Karl’s celebration with Virginie Viard so important?
Virginie worked so closely with Karl for so many years and has found such a beautiful way to continue his legacy in her own way.
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