As we all know by now when it comes to Sarah Jessica Parker and the Met Gala, it’s that she does the research. She just said last week that she spends months working on her look and that it should be “labour-intensive and challenging”. SJP will always do the research and this year she collaborated with one of the most exciting names in American fashion, Christopher John Rogers, to highlight the work of one of his predecessors, Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley, the first Black female fashion designer in the White House, the official dressmaker for Mary Lincoln Todd. So SJP’s checking off both Met Gala theme boxes: American and Gilded Age.
Christopher John Rogers told Vogue that he and SJP wanted to bring attention to Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley because “she was a smaller designer, and someone that people don’t really talk about”. Click here to see the starting point inspiration for SJP’s dress, a gingham cape over a matching bottom. From there they modernised it and turned it into the ballgown we saw with a custom-made Phillip Treacy headpiece to finish it off.
I can’t say that it’s my favourite look of the night or that it’s even a new silhouette for SJP at the Met Gala but that’s also kind of why I’m into it – because that tells me that she wasn’t centering herself in the motivation with her appearance. For her, it really does seem like she was more about the process and her intended purpose alongside Christopher John Rogers: to highlight Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley’s contribution to the Anthology of American fashion.