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Demi Moore steps out in incredible Met Gala gown that took 11,000 hours to embroider

Demi’s last Met Gala appearance was in 2019

Faye James
Senior Editor
May 7, 2024
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Demi Moore made a stunning return to the Met Gala on Monday, turning heads as she ascended the famed Metropolitan Museum of Art steps in a breathtaking creation by Harris Reed. 

This marked the acclaimed actress's first appearance at fashion’s grandest soirée in five years, and she certainly made it a memorable one.

The 61-year-old star was the epitome of elegance in a black column gown that bloomed with pink-and-white floral designs, capped by a striking spiked, heart-shaped structural element at the bodice. 

The gown, which blended classic elegance with avant-garde artistry, was complemented by an exquisite selection of diamond jewelry from Cartier, adding just the right amount of sparkle.

Demi Moore steps out at The Met Gala

Demi's hair was styled sleekly back, and her makeup, applied by none other than Charlotte Tilbury, was a soft palette that allowed her dramatic dress to take center stage. 

Speaking to Vogue’s red carpet correspondent Ashley Graham, Demi shared that despite its elaborate appearance, the gown was "not heavy at all" and whimsically added that it made her "want to rumba," showcasing her playful spirit.

Demi Moore attends The 2024 Met Gala Celebrating Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion© John Shearer
Demi Moore attends The 2024 Met Gala Celebrating Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion

The dress’s unique material was revealed by designer Harris Reed to be vintage archival wallpaper, transformed into a couture masterpiece. 

"It all started with this incredible Cartier necklace that Demi is wearing," Harris explained. The floral inspiration not only influenced the fabric but was intricately connected to the necklace's design, leading to 11,000 hours of silk embroidery repurposed into the gown's floral theme. 

Demi Moore's Met Gala dress took over 11,000 hours to embroider © John Shearer
Demi Moore's Met Gala dress took over 11,000 hours to embroider

Harris aimed to symbolize Demi as a blooming flower on the carpet, describing his intention to be "the vines to her thorns."

Adding a mythical touch, Demi mentioned that the flower on her gown represented chloris, named after the Greek nymph of plants and flowers, thus tying her look back to ancient narratives of natural beauty and rebirth.

Demi Moore wears an incredible Cartier necklace© Aliah Anderson
Demi Moore wears an incredible Cartier necklace

The 2024 Met Gala theme, Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion, resonated through Demi’s ensemble, which reflected the transformative and regenerative aspects of nature—an ode to the upcoming Costume Institute exhibit. The exhibit itself promises to be a mesmerizing journey through approximately 250 items, spanning over 400 years of fashion history, including key pieces such as an 1877 Charles Frederick Worth silk satin ball gown.

Curator Andrew Bolton noted that the exhibition would explore three thematic zones—Land, Sea, and Sky—each celebrating different facets of the natural world and the profound emotional connections that fashion evokes.

Demi’s last Met Gala appearance was in 2019, where she dazzled in a plunging black Saint Laurent gown by Anthony Vaccarello, paired with Harry Winston jewels, and before that, her last attendance was in 2011. 

Demi Moore wear a custom made gown by designer Harris Reed © Theo Wargo/GA
Demi Moore wear a custom made gown by designer Harris Reed

Each appearance has left a lasting impression, but this year’s return seems particularly poignant, signaling a renaissance not just in fashion, but in Demi’s radiant public persona.

Off the red carpet, Demi continues to enjoy life’s pleasures, recently sharing glimpses of a family beach vacation. 

Clad in a chic leopard bikini, she was seen soaking up the sun with her daughters—Tallulah, Scout, Rumer—and Rumer's daughter, Louetta, alongside close friends and her beloved dog, Pilaf, embracing the joy and tranquility of family time.

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