See Katie Holmes, Nina Dobrev and More Stars Get Ready with Zac Posen Before the 2019 Met Gala
"This year’s Met Gala was so exciting on so many levels. I partnered with GE Additive and Protolabs to create 3D printed dresses and accessories for several of my guests," designer Zac Posen tells PEOPLE. "On top of that it was my first time having a table, and I invited a bunch of good friends — these were people that I knew would be open to having a little fun and experimenting with a new creative process."
Posen dressed model Jourdan Dunn, actress Katie Holmes, actress Nina Dobrev, actress Julia Garner and actress Deepika Padukone for the big night. Click through to see how their high-tech dresses came to life.
“I draped Katie’s dress over a weekend, Posen says. "I actually started the whole dress by going to the flower market and looking for a large palm to pin on my form so I could understand the proportions of palm to gown and what that looked like. I have always love designing for Katie because while it’s collaborative, she trusts me implicitly and lets me dream.”
Katie’s dress is made with over 300 yards of multi-layered hand-sewn colored tulle. The printing and finish of the palm leaves took over 56 hours at Protolabs’ 3D printing facility.
“This year’s theme was Camp and I thought what’s more camp than mother nature so a lot of my pieces incorporated this idea,” Posen tells PEOPLE. “We created a fantastic rose petal dress for Jourdan who was absolutely stunning and so game to be part of this journey.”
The gown consists of 37 petals and was designed to a 3D recreation of Jourdan’s body that took over 1,100 hours to make.
“Nina was my draped bustier glass slipper,” Posen says. “I was inspired by [jewelry designer] Suzanne Belperronand her ‘40s carvedstone and crystal jewelry.”
Nina’s look had a 4-piece assembly for custom fit and was designed to match her body through 3D recreation. The bustier was painted with a clear coat to give it a glass appearance and took over 200 hours to create.