Forget the golden glamor – Hillary Clinton’s theme is girl power.
For the former first lady and secretary of state, she was inspired for the Met Gala by women from the American past who influenced her. Clinton’s Joseph Altuzarra dress is embroidered with the names of famous women she admires, such as Madeline Albright, Abigail Adams, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Lady Bird Johnson and Clinton’s mother, Dorothy Rodham.
In an exclusive Vogue clip, 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 tells Vogue. “When someone like Hillary goes to the Met, it’s not just like, ‘There’s Hillary at the Met and she’s wearing a dress.’ It means a lot. I felt like I had to be very thoughtful about what the dress would mean for the theme and for the occasion.
It’s the first time in 20 years that Clinton has attended the Met Gala, telling reporter Hamish Bowles that she “promised” she would only come “every 20 years.”
“I think we’re all happy to be back together, to support the museum and the costume institute and also to celebrate America,” she told Vanessa Hudgens and Bowles on the red carpet. “Not just the fashion of America, but truly the spirit of America.”
Thinking about her own outfit for the gala, Clinton said she spoke with Altuzarra who suggested the idea for the embroidery.
“I would have filled the whole dress,” she laughed. “We decided to stay with women who were no longer with us.”
“It also reflected Joseph’s interest in what were called ‘friendship quilts’ which women used to embroider sayings or phrases or their family or friend names,” she said. for follow-up.
It “pays homage to housewives, seamstresses,” which Altuzarra says is part of American fashion.