Surprising Facts About the Most Mesmerizing 2018 Met Gala Looks, Straight from the Stars' Stylists
AMBER HEARD IN CAROLINA HERRERA
MARY J. BLIGE IN VERSACE
Blige's stylist Law Roach wanted to combine two different sides of her personality when it came to choosing her look for the Met Gala. "This is a good mix of music Mary and Hollywood actress Mary," he tells PEOPLE of her custom Atelier Versace creation worn with matching boots. "It's very feminine but there is a sense of strength and power to it."
SELENA GOMEZ IN COACH
To add a personal touch to her ethereal look, Gomez's Coach design team added a meaningful Bible proverb to her gown. "Her favorite quote from Scripture -- A woman who fears the lord is a woman who shall be praised -- is embroidered on the bow," stylist Kate Young says.
ASHLEY GRAHAM IN PRABAL GURUNG
The model's strapless sequin custom design was inspired by the "fearless [Catholic Saint] Joan of Arc," says Ashley's stylist La Marque. "Every detail speaks to this inspiration -- even the gold, hand-embroidered sequins were imported from France, the birthplace of Joan of Arc. Each hand sewn paillette is a nod to the heroism and legacy of both Joan and Ashley."
MADONNA IN JEAN PAUL GAULTIER
Madonna's stylist Eyob Yohannes put a twist on the religious theme by dressing the pop icon in an all-black "goth queen" look. "Madonna has always woven religion into her image," he says. "It was quite fun to see how many crosses we could incorporate into it!"
GABRIELLE UNION IN PRABAL GURUNG
Unlike other stars, Gabrielle's stylist Thomas Christos Kikis didn't take such a literal approach to the theme. "We wanted something angelic, light and truly enchanting. The golden lemon yellow serves as the perfect backdrop for the Tasaki jewels she's adorned in," he tells us.
OLIVIA MUNN IN H&M CONSCIOUS COLLECTION
Olivia's stylist Jessica Paster actually decided to flip the fabric over and use the reverse side when constructing the star's dress with H&M. "Originally when H&M showed us the fabrication we saw the front of the mesh fabric which was going to be used for the gown," she explains. "I turned it over and the reverse side looked more like the medieval metal armor. I asked them to use the reverse side of the fabric which is what you see as the dress."
MICHAEL B. JORDAN IN OFF-WHITE C/O VIRGIL ABLOH
When it came to his Met Gala look, Michael's stylist Ade Samuel wanted to continue the style streak the actor started on his Black Panther press tour. "We really wanted to collaborate with a black designer that is paving the way and creating a cultured market for the Met," she says.
TIFFANY HADDISH IN BRANDON MAXWELL
Stylist Law Roach just started working with Tiffany and during their fittings, the two hit it off immediately. "I literally laughed for an hour and forty five minutes of a two hour fitting!" Roach says of their collaborative process.
LILY ALDRIDGE IN RALPH LAUREN COLLECTION
The bright canary yellow hue of Lily's gown was inspired by the Vatican. "If you google 'Vatican color' this bright yellow [comes up] and I knew I had my answer," the model's stylist, Elizabeth Saltzman tells us. "So then I begged, pleaded and wrote to Ralph and the team asking if we can please have that instead of white and they loved it."
JAMIE MIZRAHI IN JUICY COUTURE
The stylist and Juicy Couture creative director made a major fashion milestone when she brought the brand to the red carpet for the first time. "I’ve wondered what Juicy Couture would look like on the red carpet. It hasn’t really happened yet. The brand hasn’t really had that moment yet and The Met Gala was the perfect time for us to experiment," Jamie Mizrahi tells PEOPLE.
POPPY DELEVINGNE IN MICHAEL KORS COLLECTION
Stylist Elizabeth Saltzman's favorite part of the British star's look was actually a super subtle addition you may not have even noticed. "She's wearing two David Webb brooches that are hard to see -- one at the front and one at the nape of her neck," the stylist tells us. "They are just two intensely beautiful brooches that I would personally like to own!"
SIENNA MILLER IN LOUIS VUITTON
To go with the theme, stylist Kate Young added a diamond Fred Leighton tiara to Sienna's "modern, Papal" look. "It’s sparkly and we hope it gives it a churchy feel," she tells PEOPLE.
UMA THURMAN IN GABRIELA HEARST
Uma's stylist Elizabeth Saltzman has been waiting months to put the star in the diamond, sapphire and emerald Giampiero Bodino cross necklace she wore at the Met. "I saw this necklace almost half a year ago," she tells us. "Maybe more. From the second I saw it I said, 'Please hold this for me for Met Ball.' It is spectacular."
NICK JONAS IN DOLCE & GABBANA ALTA SARTORIA
Nick's custom tuxedo featured some extra-special stitching. "We made it with intricate 24K gold threading woven in the tuxedo," stylist Avo says.
RILEY KEOUGH IN LOUIS VUITTON
Stylist Jamie Mizrahi pulled inspiration from Louis Vuitton's runway to accessorize Riley's "gothic, laid back" look. "We took Nicolas Ghesquière's glove reference from the runway and used them here because it works with the theme and adds this dress up element to it," she says.
PHOEBE WALLER-BRIDGE IN CHRISTOPHER KANE
In light of the religious theme, the Star Wars actress selected a thought provoking gown that addressed a taboo topic in the Church: sex. "It really addresses and pays tribute the joy of sex. On the front there's a painting of a woman having what you can only assume to be an orgasm," stylist Elizabeth Saltzman says. "I love the bravado and audaciousness of it."
LETITIA WRIGHT IN COACH
In addition to adding hand beaded embellishments inspired by Ethiopian culture, Letitia added the Scripture phrase, "You are the light of the world," to the back of her gown. "It was so representative of who she is as an actress and as a humanitarian," her stylist Ade Samuel says.
HUGH JACKMAN IN DIOR AND DEBORRA-LEE FURNESS IN CHRISTIAN SIRIANO
Hugh's classic black tuxedo may appear standard, but stylist Michael Fisher aimed for the actor to look like a "devout theological clergyman" in it. "I wanted a very stoic tuxedo to imply a religious feeling," Fisher tells us.