To understand why camellias bloomed on the red carpet at the Met Gala 2023, we have to refer to Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel’s photos on the beach in Étretat, France, at 1913. The Chanel founder has a penchant for Asian flowers and wore a camellia corsage at her belt. Along with the Dior rose and the Schiaparelli buttercup, the camellia became a symbol of the Parisian fashion house, an icon Karl Lagerfeld adopted and reimagined when he was at the helm of Chanel . In his first 1984 fashion collection, they were prominently adorned hats and headgear, and are now a central adornment of the Maison’s High Jewelery creations and incorporated into its fragrance blends.
From Rihanna’s whimsical corsage-embellished Valentino haute couture cape, to an embellished Anne Hathaway Versace gown bust Blooms, discover all the camellias on the Met Gala 2023 red carpet.