It’s hard to believe that Céline Dion has never attended the Met Gala. Throughout her illustrious career, the 49-year-old singer has hit the red carpet and the stage in hundreds of high-fashion pieces — and designers jump at the chance to dress her. Last summer, the star reinvented her wardrobe with the help of stylist Law Roach (“She’s truly a fashion girl,” Roach told PeopleStyle at the time), using fashion as a way to help her get through a tough year following her husband René Angélil’s passing.
But Monday night, Dion made her debut on the famous Metropolitan Museum of Art steps — and she brought the drama.
The singer selected an Atelier Versace gown teamed with a origami-inspired headpiece.
“This is like having a job for the first time or having a kiss for the first time — this is big,” she told WWD Sunday night at a Harper’s Bazaar and American Express hosted cocktail party. “I’m not going to have enough eyes [to see it all].”
For her major Met moment, Dion collaborated and attended with a designer she trusts and has worked very closely with in the past: Donatella Versace.
“She’s always been supporting me and I mean that in different ways,” the singer shared. “Through her talent and when I was back on stage she helped me with her amazing work to literally support me after delivering twins [in 2010]. Three months [after giving birth] I was on stage and I did not look at all like I just had twins. I don’t know how she does it.”
Versace has dressed Dion for a number of stage performances and her Las Vegas residency. One of her most memorable Versace moments was the sexy red cutout gown she wore to the American Music Awards in 1993 — a dress that would still be very much at home on the red carpet in 2017.
Dion’s stylist Law Roach, who also worked with Zendaya on Met Monday prep, told PeopleStyle last summer that the singer looks at style as an “art form” and a medium of self-expression.
“She’s seen everything and she’s seen the evolution of the outfits. She is truly a fashion girl,” he shared. “I was surprised to know that but then again I wasn’t surprised because she knows. And she’s fearless — she’s not afraid to wear any color, shape or brand. She’s excited about things that are new. It’s refreshing that she’s in her 40s and has no hesitation about fashion. It has been such a dream to work with her.”
Dion has proved her excitement for new styles, embracing brands like Vetements (that Titanic sweatshirt moment!), over-the-knee boots and slogan shirts. She even travels in true style. (Her top in the Instagram below refers to René Lacoste, the French tennis player and founder of the Lacoste brand.)
And even Dion admits that she loves fashion so much, she has difficulty parting with certain pieces — which is why she has multiple warehouse spaces in which to store her couture.
“I cannot give anything away because every piece that I buy has brought me to where I am tonight,” she told WWD at Sunday’s fashion fête. “They’re part of every step that I take and I have an attachment to it. You can call it crazy. I keep everything, but I just keep buying a bigger [warehouse] space. I have 10,000 pairs of shoes.”
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