The Story Behind Kate Hudson's 'Hollywood Glamour Surfer Chic' Look at the 2021 Met Gala

The actress, who shared her engagement news earlier in the day, chose a two-piece Michael Kors design for the big night

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The Entrance

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Hours before she set foot on the Met Gala carpet, Kate Hudson, 42, was already making headlines for casually announcing her engagement to boyfriend Danny Fujikawa on Instagram Monday. And her arrival at the fashion event was just as hyped thanks to her ensemble: a pink sequin bra top, maxi skirt and silk organza feather coat, all custom made for her by Michael Kors.

"It's Michael Kors gone pink," Hudson said on the carpet. Here, the designer and Hudson's pros reveal how her gorgeous look came together.

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The Inspiration

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Kors designed the look to celebrate the star's sunny vibes. "Kate is the ultimate California girl," he tells PEOPLE. "We wanted her look to be a blend of Hollywood glamour and surfer chic — streamlined and opulent."

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The Collaboration

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Hudson's stylist, Sophie Lopez, was thrilled to work with the famed designer. "Michael Kors is the quintessential American fashion designer," she tells PEOPLE. "We've done so much with Michael that it felt like the most natural choice, especially with the theme this year and it being his 40th anniversary. He knows how to make a woman feel elegant in the most effortless way, which is exactly how Kate loves to look."

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The Sparkle

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The top and bottom featured almost 80,000 recycled sequins and took almost 4,000 hours to produce. Extra bling came in the form of dazzling Lorraine Schwartz jewelry, plus Hudson's new engagement ring.

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The Glam

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To play up the pink dress, makeup artist Quinn Murphy opted for a cranberry eye look. "I knew it would be about the eyes, as everyone is wearing masks," Murphy tells PEOPLE. "I love the shadow color — it makes Kates green eyes pop and it's a surprisingly universal hue."

Hairstylist Cameron Rains also used the gown as inspiration. "The clean silhouette of the outfit really helped determine the hair look," he tells PEOPLE of Hudson's "'90s, streamlined" ponytail which was slicked back with az Craft Luxury Haircare Sooth Serum. "It really was about straight lines and super natural feel," says the pro, who finished with a spritz of az Craft Luxury Haircare Obey Hairspray.

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