Forget gilded glamor – Hillary Clinton’s theme is girl power.
For the former first lady and secretary of state, she drew inspiration for the Met Gala from the women of America’s past who influenced her. Clinton’s Joseph Altuzarra dress is embroidered with the names of famous women she admires, including Madeline Albright, Abigail Adams, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Lady Bird Johnson and Clinton’s mother, Dorothy Rodham.
In an exclusive clip from Vogue, she revealed that Altuzarra’s handwriting was used to write the names of famous women in American history, which were then hand-embroidered onto the maroon dress.
“I knew I wanted the dress to have a personal component to her,” Altuzarra told Vogue. “When someone like Hillary goes to the Met, it’s not just, ‘There’s Hillary at the Met and she’s wearing a dress.’ It means a lot. I felt like I had to think very carefully about what the dress would mean for the theme and the occasion.”
This is the first time Clinton has attended the Met Gala in 20 years, telling journalist Hamish Bowles she “promised” that she would only come “every 20 years.”
“I think we’re all excited to be back together, to support the museum and the Costume Institute, and to celebrate America,” she told Vanessa Hudgens and Bowles on the red carpet. “Not just America’s fashion, but truly America’s spirit.”
As she pondered her own outfit for the gala, Clinton said she spoke to Altuzarra, who suggested the idea of embroidery.
“I would have filled the whole dress,” she said, laughing. “We chose to stay with women who were no longer with us.”
“It also reflected Joseph’s interest in the so-called ‘friendship quilts,’ on which women would embroider sayings or phrases or their family or friends’ names,” she continued.
It’s “a tribute to the housewives, the seamstresses,” which Altuzarra says is part of American fashion.
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