Lea Michele on Cloud Nine. The actress and musician said so herself hours before she walked the Met Gala red carpet for the fourth time. Attending as a guest of Michael Kors, who also designed her gown, Michelle was especially excited about the celebration honoring Karl Lagerfeld — even as a senior attendee. Still, Michele and Kors wanted to reference another legend with their Met looks: Barbra Streisand, of course.
Kors and Michele bonded while playing Fanny Brice in Funny Girl1968 Because of their mutual love, Streisand played Bryce in the 1968 film adaptation of her beloved musical. Naturally, when designing her Met Gala look, the persona of Michelle’s life (and her permanent inspiration, Streisand) had to come into play. “I had the best time of my life at Funny Girl1968 and I’ve had this relationship with Michael ,”she says. “It’s all our excitement and joy to go to the Met Gala now to honor Karl’s work and celebrate fashion and Michael’s incredible work while paying tribute to Barbra.”
at At the event, Michele wore a silver floor length gown embroidered with 10,100 mirrored sequins and ,10 Crystal individually stitched sequins. The silhouette features a deep scoop neckline, open back, bow at the chest, and sparkling fringe at the wrist and long sleeves and skirt. Michele, Kors and Michele’s stylist Brian Meller used a mirror ball when Michele first played Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, Effect as a reference*) as she gazes into the many mirrors. (Before the Met, Kors visited Michele at the August Wilson Theater on Broadway for her final fitting and some pre-Met photos in front of those mirrors.)