What It's Like to Wear H&M to the Met Gala

Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala - Red Carpet
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Absolutely divine. Are the only two words I could think of when I saw Alek Wek walk the steps of the Metropolitan Museum for the annual Costume Institute gala. This year's theme, "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination," seemed like a tricky one to nail. But legendary supermodel Alek Wek put together a perfect look with help from one of our favorite affordable brands H&M. The fast-fashion retailer has been switching things up for a couple of years now and wowing us with regal gowns. Remember when H&M dressed Sarah Jessica Parker back in 2015? Our hearts nearly skipped a beat. And somehow, the brand managed to outdo itself once again.

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Go behind the scenes and see how Alek Wek prepared for the special evening with H&M below.

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On Wearing H&M

On Wearing H&M
Mitchell Phan

"I am an ambassador for the H&M Foundation which helps raise funds for important issues including young people, education, women's rights, clean water etc."

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On Dressing for This Year's Theme

On Dressing for This Year's Theme
Mitchell Phan

"My dress pays homage to this year's theme in different ways. The color and craftsmanship inside out are beautiful. I love the cut and how it celebrates the woman I've blossomed into. It also has beautiful mosaic work which calls back to the theme."

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On Choosing a Dress

On Choosing a Dress
Mitchell Phan

"Well there is so much to choose from with a theme like this, so focusing in on the colors and designs of mosaic work was a great direction in which to go, i think. There are so many beautiful possibilities."

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On the Details of the Dress

On the Details of the Dress
Mitchell Phan

"The inside [of the dress] has an almost liquid gold lining which is quite magical once its revealed, or when striking a pose and walking up the steps."

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