By Brittany Talarico
Updated October 01, 2015 03:54 PM

When you’re Sarah Jessica Parker, designers love to dress you. But the actress is very respectful of her relationship with high-fashion labels. For example, SJP didn’t have a stylist or publicist track down the gorgeous Zuhair Murad gown she wore to the New York City Ballet Gala Wednesday night. She didn’t put in an email request. She actually wrote the designer a personal letter. (Yes, she used snail mail.)

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“I wrote him a letter, and I asked if he would consider and he was gracious enough to say yes,” Parker told reporters of selecting her glittering grey gown from the designer’s fall 2015 couture collection. “We talked about it, and I happened to have seen his collection and normally I don’t say this, but I said ‘Is it possible that this particular look is available because I love it so much?’ And he said, ‘That’s my favorite in the collection and I would love it.’ He actually sent it and it arrived over the weekend and I tried it on and it didn’t even need a tailor. That’s how precise and beautiful a designer and specific a designer he is. It’s really cool.”

When Parker’s Zuhair Murad design first hit the runway back in July at Paris Haute Couture week, the model wore it sans lining. But the star’s take was a bit more modest, thanks to the fully-lined bodice. Plus, she still flashed some skin thanks to that thigh-high slit.


Parker finished her look with a chic bun, maroon sequin bag and a pair of metallic T-strap heels from her SJP collection, which coordinated perfectly with the beading on the gown.

Murad accompanied Parker to the star-studded event. He serves as one of the NYC Ballet’s selected designers this year, and he collaborated with choreographer Myles Thatcher to create custom costumes for the evening’s big premiere ballet.

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–Brittany Talarico, with reporting by Jessica Fecteau