We all know the outfits on display at the Met Gala each year take a bit of time to put together. The embellishments, the tailoring, the swathes of material to work with, it's little wonder many ensembles require whole teams of people to produce them, working round-the-clock to get them finished on time.
But how much time do you reckon that actually is? A hundred hours? Two hundred? Three hundred...? No, not if we're talking about Blake Lively's latest Met Gala creation. The embellishment on the bodice of her showstopping Versace gown, worn for the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination preview, took a jaw-dropping 600 hours to stitch. And yes, that was just the bodice...
Speaking to Vogue before the event, the Hollywood star revealed that the team working on her outfit have 'already worked on it for 600 hours, and it’s not done.' After a cursory glance at the detail on Blake's showstopping train, we can only imagine that the skilled embroiderers at Versace's atelier might just have been faced with a number of sleepless nights...
If the average working day consists of roughly eight hours, this means that Blake's dress has taken a whopping seventy-five days' worth of work to put together. That's roughly two and half months. No mean feat.
Thankfully, Blake is thrilled with the results. 'This year’s may be my favorite dress ever,' she told Vogue ahead of the Gala.
Blake first made her debut at fashion's favourite gala back in 2008, when Gossip Girl was the talk of the town (and when co-star Penn Badgley - aka Dan Humphrey - was her plus one). For the occasion, she wore a strapless black gown with feather embellishments and black gloves by Ralph Lauren.
Since then the actress has sported an array of top designers, from Burberry to Versace and Gucci.
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Gala co-chair Amal Clooney was one of the first to arrive, wearing a rose print design by Richard Quinn (whose LFW show was recently attended by none other than Her Majesty the Queen, FYI)