CR Exclusive: Kate Bosworth’s Getting-Ready Diary for the 2018 Met Gala

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When Kate Bosworth married writer-director Michael Polish five years ago, she tapped Oscar de la Renta to perform his usual sartorial genius and create a custom creation so divine she’d remember it forever. And he delivered, with an incredible strapless gown that featured a dramatic Watteau train. “Of all the dresses, the one you marry the love of your life in is the one that you will remember most. Oscar gave that to me,” Bosworth exclusively tells CR. “The brand will always have a unique place in my heart.”

So when it came time to explore the 2018 Met Gala red carpet dress code—a theme that’s predicated on the exhibit: “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”—it was practically written in the stars that the actress and the atelier would partner once again to fashion another otherworldly moment.

For Bosworth, the starting point was browsing through images of the Virgin Mary for inspiration—“not in the literal sense,” she’s quick to point out, “but to explore the feeling.” Her approach to Met Gala dressing is a look that honors the theme without looking like a costume, which makes Oscar de la Renta, a brand that prides itself on delivering an aesthetic that’s less about trends and more about classics that withstand the test of time, all the more perfect.

“Oscar’s designs are typically light and ethereal and heavenly,” Bosworth says. “I was really excited to see how the team would transform what they do so well to an even higher bar—the gown is exquisite and truly takes my breath away.”

Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia, the design duo behind Oscar de la Renta, drew inspiration from the Spanish painter Francisco de Zurbarán. “Oscar always said Zurbarán could drape better than any fashion designer,” Kim notes. Together, the two dreamed up a heavenly concoction finished with an 18-karat gold foil that’s hand-applied onto tulle—a design creatively uninhibited in every way, which is why, Garcia remarks, designing for the Met Gala is more fun than any other event.

“[The dress] truly looks alive—as if angels, fairies, and stardust make up the entirety of the dress, as if it was sent down from the universe, some angelic galaxy,” Bosworth marvels. “There are layers of tulle in beautiful tonal variations: ivory, beige, peach, pinks. Gold flecks are scattered throughout the design. It’s magical in every sense of the word.”

While designers, like John Galliano, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana of Dolce & Gabbana, and Riccardo Tisci, have served as something like prophets with their work over the years, the beauty of fashion—and by extension, the Met Gala—is its creative freedom to play with interpretations. And in Garcia and Kim’s case, that means redefining heaven for this year’s red carpet theme.

“We think of heaven as a place filled with Kate Bosworths in gold-foiled Oscar gowns,” Garcia says.

Scroll through to see Bosworth getting ready for the Met Gala.

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