The MET Gala has always been a celebration of fashion and craftsmanship. 

The possibilities are limitless and designers take this opportunity to showcase their artistry, push boundaries and create hand-beaded masterpieces.

Today, we’d like to share some of our favourite hand-embroideries and surface textile manipulations from this year’s event. 

Let’s dive into the details and techniques behind the stunning ensembles and draw inspiration from them while we are at it.

Iris Van Herpen for Mona Patel

 An avant-garde gown featuring a fusion of organic and futuristic elements. 

The stunning nude, floor-grazing sculpted gown showcased a butterfly-shaped corset. It’s intricately hand-embroidered with metallic threads using traditional zardozi techniques. The highlight of the gown were the kinetic flower petals (made with laser cut fabric) fluttering around here arms in slow motion. 

What a perfect blend of technology and craftsmanship, all while keeping the brand’s signature style alive!

MET gala hand beaded couture gown

Robert Wun for Eva Chen

 The Snow Fall Gown featured a structured mini dress with a dramatic tulle train. 

We love how the effect of snow melting has been captured with a mix of opaque and clear beads. The beading techniques used to create multiple textures is what sets this one apart. 

This dress boasts of 380k crystals, beads and sequins, with over 500 hours of hand-embroidery work. That’s exquisite craftsmanship right there!

MET gala hand beaded couture gown

Rahul Mishra for Isha Ambani

 This couture sari gown is hand-embroidered with delicate flowers, butterflies, birds, sea creatures and more. 

We love the distinct 3D appliqués made with a plethora of traditional embroidery techniques- from intricate thread work, french knots and zardozi to meticulous beadwork with sequins, bugle beads and rhinestones. 

It’s no surprise that the outfit took 10,000 hours to complete. 

MET gala hand beaded couture gown

Thom Browne for Rebecca Ferguson

 A hand-embroidered base of black and white sequin stripes, this piece is sheer perfection. The crystal florets are made with 60,000 blue and green swarovski crystals.  We love the raven appliqués on the cape and gown made with raffia, sequins and lurex. 

How can one miss the dramatic reveal of the dress as she takes the cape off!

MET gala hand beaded couture gown

Marni for Nicki Minaj

 We love the amalgamation of fashion with metal work here. 3D metal flowers are hand-painted in the most delectable colours to create this custom outfit that looks like a floral sculpture. 

Conceptualised by Francesco Risso, this is what one calls a haute couture bouquet. 

MET gala hand beaded couture gown

Balmain for Tyla

Hand-made with three colours of sand and mixed with micro crystal studs, the Balmain Atelier devised a unique appliqué technique for this gown. Layers of sand and micro-crystals were meticulously applied by hand to a fabric mould cast of the star’s body, creating the illusion of raw sculpted materials.

The mermaid train is made with organza and adds to the drama of the dress. It’s unique and true to the brand and that’s why we love it!

MET gala hand beaded couture gown

Balmain for Elle Fanning

 Exuding dreamy and romantic energy, this organza bustier gown is hand-covered with 4 layers of resin for this oh-so real glass effect. The bespoke creation is finished off with 2 floating birds sculpted in grey-blue resin. 

We love the innovative use of resin to achieve this whimsical look. We are all for couture that’s pushing boundaries. 

MET gala hand beaded couture gown

Gaurav Gupta for Mindy Kaling

 When couture meets sculptural know-how, we get these beautiful 3D patterns of loops and swirls. The extreme fabric manipulation technique us further embellished with beads to add that sparkle and glamour.

This one wins our heart for the artistry and architectural moulding.

MET gala hand beaded couture gown

At Ricamour Embroideries, we love experimenting with new techniques and innovating new ones. Couture standard workmanship is coupled with high-quality components to give our Clients the highest possible finish. Take a look at how designers are turning to hand-beading and embroidery to elevate everyday basics, here.

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