Gigi Hadid wearing white gown designed by Rei Kawakubo for Commes Des Garcons at the 2017 Met Ball

It’s the first Monday in May and we’re giving you exclusive access to Gigi Hadid as she got ready for The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute benefit.

Tommy and Dee Hilfiger welcomed Gigi, her mother Yolanda and brother Anwar Hadid, singer and actress Thalia Mottola, music executive Tommy Mottola, actress Deepika Padukone, Tommy Hilfiger Chief Executive Officer Daniel Grieder and Chief Brand Officer Avery Baker to the fundraiser.


Gigi’s dramatic Hilfiger Collection three-piece gown was custom-made by the Tommy Hilfiger team in Italy. The jacket was crafted from nude colored silk Cady and heavy satin with transparent silk accents, its deconstructed look being a hallmark of Rei Kawakubo. Underneath, a corseted bodysuit had feminine tulle detailing. For the red carpet and dinner, she wore a ball skirt made from 110 yards of hand-dyed silk tulle, and in pure Gigi fashion, the skirt was removed for the party. She finished off the outfit with jewelry by Jacquie Aiche, Wolford stockings, a Tyler Ellis box clutch and sky high Christian Louboutin pumps.


This year’s exhibition celebrates Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons and highlights the often avant-garde themes that have been the hallmarks of her career. While perhaps not a well-known name outside of fashion circles, Kawakubo is considered one of the world’s most important living designers for her ability to reimagine strength and beauty while paying homage to shape and construction in a way that is uniquely her own.

Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue in New York City

Header image from left: © Paolo Roversi, courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art; by Alana O’Herlihy.

Behind the scene photographs by ALANA O’HERLIHY

Exhibition photographs from top: © Paolo Roversi; © Paolo Roversi; © The Metropolitan Museum of Art; © Paolo Roversi; © Collier Schorr; © Paolo Roversi; © The Metropolitan Museum of Art; and © Paolo Roversi. All courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.