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Alia Bhatt enchants in Sabyasachi custom-made saree at MET Gala 2024; took 1965-man hours & 163 people to create this ethereal look

en Bollywood News Alia Bhatt enchants in Sabyasachi custom-made saree at MET Gala 2024; took 1965-man hours & 163 people to create this ethereal look

The official dress code is “The Garden of Time”. The theme is inspired by a 1962 story. It's open to interpretation, but expect lots of flowers and plant-based outfits!

Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt lit up the red carpet at the prestigious Met Gala 2024 on May 6, 2024. This marked Bhatt's second appearance at the highly anticipated fashion event, making her one of the select few Indian celebrities to grace the prestigious gala. This year, Bhatt took the opportunity to showcase the exquisite artistry of Indian fashion, stepping out in a breathtaking creation by renowned designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee.

Alia Bhatt enchants in Sabyasachi custom-made saree at MET Gala 2024; took 1965-man hours & 163 people to create this ethereal look

Alia Bhatt enchants in Sabyasachi custom-made saree at MET Gala 2024; took 1965-man hours & 163 people to create this ethereal look

The 2024 Met Gala theme, "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion," served as a springboard for creative interpretations. The official dress code, "The Garden of Time," drew inspiration from a 1962 story, hinting at a floral and botanical extravaganza on the red carpet. As Vogue revealed, the accompanying exhibit would showcase a treasure trove of fashion history, featuring over 250 rare pieces spanning four centuries. From iconic designs by Schiaparelli and Dior to the meticulously preserved ball gown by Charles Frederick Worth, the exhibit promised a captivating journey through time.

Alia Bhatt's social media post offered a glimpse into the inspiration behind her captivating ensemble. She described it as "a call to the Garden of Time," an ode to artistic expression and the enduring nature of beauty. She emphasized the power of time and meticulous craftsmanship, highlighting how creations made with dedication can transcend fleeting trends. She recognized the saree as the perfect embodiment of tradition and innovation, and in the skilled hands of Sabyasachi, this vision blossomed into a masterpiece.

Alia Bhatt enchants in Sabyasachi custom-made saree at MET Gala 2024; took 1965-man hours & 163 people to create this ethereal look

Drawing inspiration from the timeless elegance of Indian nobility, the saree showcased intricate craftsmanship. Delicate hand embroidery, precious stones, and elegant beadwork were meticulously incorporated, with a touch of the roaring twenties evident in the fringed detailing. The colour palette paid homage to nature's beauty, reflecting the hues of the earth, sky, and sea. Bhatt's hair and makeup evoked a sense of delicate nostalgia. An elevated coiffure, embellished with intricate braids, and soft freckles added a touch of whimsy, a nod to the gentle passage of time.

Creating this masterpiece was no small feat. Bhatt acknowledged the collaborative effort of a team of 163 dedicated individuals, including master craftspeople, embroiderers, artists, and dyers. A collective total of 1,965 man-hours went into the creation of this ethereal saree, a testament to the boundless love and meticulous dedication poured into its creation. Bhatt expressed her gratitude to her team, including stylists, makeup artists, and hairstylists, for their invaluable contribution to this journey through the "Garden of Time."

 

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“The sari's design, with its translucent, glass-like appearance is not just a nod to the ethereal quality of the garden in Ballard's story but also a tribute to the exquisite, enduring craft of sari-making,” explained the actress to Vogue.

She said, “What drew me to this look was the sheer audacity of it—how it merges traditional craftsmanship with avant-garde aesthetics. Sabyasachi, known for his dedication to bringing old-world charm and modern sophistication together, seemed like the perfect choice to encapsulate the theme of this year's Met Gala.”

This year, Zendaya, Jennifer Lopez, Bad Bunny, and Chris Hemsworth were the official co-hosts. They follow last year's group of famous people, which included Penélope Cruz and Roger Federer. Vogue's Anna Wintour has been running the Met Gala since 1995, making it the giant fashion party it is today!

Alia Bhatt made her Met Gala debut in 2023, turning heads with a stunning Prabal Gurung couture creation. The renowned Indian designer crafted a couture masterpiece inspired by Karl Lagerfeld's iconic bridal look for Chanel's 1992 fall/winter collection. The ensemble perfectly captured Bhatt's unique blend of elegance and grace.

 

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Bhatt's presence at the Met Gala is a significant moment for Indian cinema on the global stage. She joins the ranks of Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone, who have also graced the prestigious event. Their participation highlights the growing influence of Indian fashion and entertainment on the international scene.

The Met Gala, held annually at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, is more than just a red-carpet spectacle. It's a fundraising event that benefits the Costume Institute, and each year has a specific theme that guides the fashion choices of the attendees.

Meanwhile, on the work front, Alia Bhatt was last seen in Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani. She will next star in Jigra, co-produced by her production house Eternal Sunshine Productions and Dharma Productions. Directed by Vasan Bala, it is scheduled for a September 2024 release. She will also star in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Love & War with Ranbir Kapoor and Vicky Kaushal.

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