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From Mona Patel’s mechanical butterfly moment to Isha Ambani, Natasha Poonawalla’s dazzling creations, Indians make stunning appearances at MET Gala 2024

en Bollywood News From Mona Patel’s mechanical butterfly moment to Isha Ambani, Natasha Poonawalla’s dazzling creations, Indians make stunning appearances at MET Gala 2024

Indian fashion stole the show at the 2024 Met Gala!

Indian fashion stole the show at the 2024 Met Gala! Entrepreneur Mona Patel's breathtaking Iris Van Herpen gown with its butterfly wings made a technological statement. Isha Ambani stunned in a floral Rahul Mishra sari with a dramatic train, while Natasha Poonawalla opted for a bold, futuristic Maison Margiela design.

From Mona Patel’s mechanical butterfly moment to Isha Ambani, Natasha Poonawalla’s dazzling creations, Indians make stunning appearances at MET Gala 2024

From Mona Patel’s mechanical butterfly moment to Isha Ambani, Natasha Poonawalla’s dazzling creations, Indians make stunning appearances at MET Gala 2024

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.

Isha Ambani, entrepreneur and socialite, stole the show at the 2024 Met Gala with a breathtaking hand-embroidered couture saree gown designed by Rahul Mishra. Inspired by this year's theme, "The Garden of Time," the ensemble was a captivating testament to both Indian craftsmanship and environmental consciousness. Crafted by Rahul Mishra's skilled artisans across various Indian villages, the gown took over 10,000 hours to complete.This meticulous process not only resulted in a stunning visual masterpiece but also provided vital support to hundreds of local craftspeople and weavers. The intricate embroidery, a symphony of Fareesha, Zardozi, Nakshi, Dabka, and French knots, depicted nature's glorious cycle in a vibrant tapestry of flowers, butterflies, and dragonflies.

Rahul and stylist Anaita Shroff Adajania ingeniously incorporated elements from his past collections. Delicate samples of flowers, butterflies, and dragonflies were meticulously revived, finding new life through applique and embroidery techniques. Complementing the gown's magnificence was a stunning clutch crafted by Swadesh. This exquisite jade piece served as a canvas for another timeless Indian art form – Miniature Painting. Jaipur artisan Hari Narain Marotia's meticulous brushstrokes brought to life India's national bird, the peacock (Mayura), on a miniature scale. The intricate details of the painting, despite its small size, spoke volumes about the rich heritage of Indian artistry.

Viren Bhagat's exquisite jewelry – traditional lotus hand bracelets (Haathpochas), parrot earrings, and a flower choker – added a touch of timeless elegance. These pieces, steeped in Indian heritage, perfectly complemented the gown's theme and Isha's overall look. As Anaita Shroff Adajania stated, their goal "was always to take India to the world."

Easily one of the best dressed of the night, Mona Patel's Met Gala 2024 debut wasn't just a splash onto the fashion scene, it was a breathtaking display of innovation, and cultural connection. The Indian entrepreneur and philanthropist turned heads with a custom Iris Van Herpen gown that incorporated a mesmerizing mechanical butterfly design, perfectly capturing the event's "Garden of Time" theme.

As reported by Vogue India, Patel's journey to the Met Gala began far from the red carpet glitz. Born in Vadodara, Gujarat, her entrepreneurial spirit took her to the US at a young age, where she attended Rutgers University. Her American dream bloomed in 2003 when she settled there to pursue her business ventures. Over the years, she built a multi-million dollar empire, but her heart remained connected to both fashion and social good.

For this momentous occasion, Patel knew she needed a showstopper. Enter Iris Van Herpen, the Dutch haute couture designer known for her avant-garde creations that push the boundaries between fashion and art. The nude, floor-grazing gown sculpted beautifully around her figure, featuring a butterfly-shaped corset and a flowing, scalloped train. However, the true magic resided in the unexpected detail – an array of kinetic butterflies encircled her arms like opera gloves, their wings fluttering in a slow-motion dance. Patel collaborated with none other than the legendary image architect Law Roach to curate her entire Met Gala look. The creation of this masterpiece took months of meticulous planning. In March, Roach even traveled to India to collaborate with the Iris Van Herpen team, visiting a factory in Mumbai and scouting for red-carpet-worthy jewels.

Natasha Poonawalla, a popular socialite, turned heads yet again at the Met Gala 2024. This year, she transcended the realm of mere attire, unveiling a custom-made masterpiece from Maison Margiela's Artisanal Collection, a creation dreamt up by the legendary John Galliano. The dress itself was a study in contrasts – a sculpted white strapless bodycon dress provided the foundation, its clean lines a canvas for the drama to unfold. Atop this pristine base lay a layer of sheer black, ripped chiffon. These wispy tendrils, delicately arranged, resembled a dreamcatcher's intricate web catching the light, a subtle nod to the theme of the evening: "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion."

In a heartfelt Instagram post, Poonawalla delved into the collaborative process and the significance behind the design. For Poonawalla, fashion transcended trends; it was a wellspring of creativity and a powerful force. John Galliano, she revealed, was the designer who ignited her passion for fashion in the first place. Working with him on a creation for the Met Gala was a dream come true, a chance to pay homage to the man who sparked a lifelong love affair with clothes.

The fragility of life, and the ephemeral nature of time – these concepts were woven into the very fabric of the dress, existing in stark contrast to the strength and permanence symbolized by the sculpted bodice. But the story didn't end there. Poonawalla incorporated her own "sleeping beauties" – a set of cherished wedding jewels. These personal heirlooms, imbued with sentiment and history, became part of the narrative, adding a layer of intimacy and emotional depth to the ensemble.

Poonawalla expressed her immense gratitude to shoe maestro Christian Louboutin, whose creations were the perfect complement to the dress. The shoes, described as "insanely beautiful," echoed the overall theme, their intricate details seamlessly integrating with the look. Louboutin's craftsmanship, Poonawalla proclaimed, was unparalleled, solidifying his position as a true artist in his own right.

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