Stylist: Maeve Reilly assisted by Rachel Bode
Outfit: custom Dundas by Peter Dundas and Evangelo Bousis
Makeup Artist: Ash K Holm assisted by Lea
using Bybi Beauty, Kiss Products and Buxom
Hairstylist: Andrew Fitzsimons using Living Proof
Extensionist: Priscilla Valles
Manicurist: Olivia de Montagnac using OPI
Tan Artist: Isabel Alysa
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Jewelry: Lorraine Schwartz
I was in awe of Megan Fox‘s outfit for the MET Gala 2021 and after following her fashion steps for months, I think her newfound style direction definitely enhances her public persona and gave her a chance to feel more confident in herself (she openly stated that she has low self esteem).
We often think that people who show themselves as strong or extremely beautiful have it easy but Fox is an example of a woman who has been able to alter the public perception of herself so much that it proved almost detrimental to her career. I think we all can empathize with the actress though, because the pressure that public figures endure is very difficult to deal with and we all experience it in our daily lives, in different capacities.
For Fox‘s MET Gala debut, the actress wore a magnificent custom Dundas red dress with long train and a high slit.
Megan‘s stylist Maeve Reilly recently opened a Youtube channel where she gives people a glimpse behind-the-scenes of events she is involved in. Thanks to her, we had the chance to watch Peter Dundas [Dundas‘ Co-Founder] talk about the creation process of the dress, ready for the deets?
Fifty people were involved, the gown was all hand embroidered and hand carried to New York from India, where the embroidery was made. Dundas had to call every Indian friend he had to find someone who was willing to bring it to him and eventually he found out that the aunt of one of his friends had a son who was trying to go to New York, so he took the chance and asked for his help–and boy, he delivered–also because the dress wasn’t light either.
As for the inspiration behind the dress, Megan revealed to Emma Chamberlain in an interview for Vogue that she was inspired by a dress she had seen in Bram Stoker‘s “Dracula” (Fox is very much into gothic things and vampires).
Regarding her being considered a ‘sex symbol’, the “Till Death” actress had some empowering words of wisdom for Keke Palmer during a red carpet interview for Vogue: “I’m not afraid to be sexy, I think a woman who’s intelligent and also knows how to weaponize her beauty… there’s nothing more dangerous than that, nothing more powerful than that. I feel like all women should embrace the fact that as the divine feminine we have a lot of power and instead of rejecting it I’m happy to embrace it and go for the sexy.”
The look was accessorized with red satin Jimmy Choo ‘Max‘ sandals and a multitude of Lorraine Schwartz jewels.
We are absolutely sure you’d like to replicate Megan‘s makeup look for either a night out, a Halloween costume or daily life (it’s absolutely wearable) so we’ll report here the whole breakdown of the products used by Ash K Holm (edited for clarity):
– Bybi Beauty – ‘Milk Melt‘ – Vegan Oat Milk Cleanser to cleanse skin;
– Bybi Beauty – ‘C Caf Cream‘ applying it to the face, neck, décolleté;
– Bybi Beauty – ‘Mega Mist‘ – Hyaluronic Acid Facial Spray.
– Buxom Cosmetics – ‘Staycation Vibes‘ – Primer-Infused Bronzer;
– Buxom Cosmetics – ‘Divine Goddess Luminizer‘ to highlight;
– Buxom Cosmetics – ‘Wanderlust‘ – Primer Infused Blush in shades Dolly and Ibiza.
– Buxom Cosmetics – eyeshadow bar single in ‘Cashmere Craving‘ to highlight;
– Buxom Cosmetics – eyeshadow bar single in ‘Invite Only‘;
– Ash K Holm x Buxom Cosmetics – Eye Palette using the shade ‘Smokin‘ as a winged liner and ‘Dynasty‘ on the lid;
– Buxom Cosmetics – Lash Mascara.
– Kiss Products – Kiss Lashes (My Lash But Better Collection) in the style ‘No Filters‘.
– Buxom Cosmetics -‘Power-full‘ – Lip Scrub;
– Buxom Cosmetics – ‘Power Line‘ – Plumping Lip Liner in ‘Real Red‘;
– Buxom Cosmetics – ‘Full Force‘ – Plumping Lipstick in ‘Winner.'”
Andrew Fitzsimons was in charge of Megan‘s hair and on his Instagram he gave away some more information regarding the hairstyle: “I have been wanting to do a pin-up reference on Megan forever so when I saw this dress I immediately thought the hair should be off of her face and sleek. So to incorporate the pin-up vibe I decided to add a modern super blunt (writer’s note: faux) fringe inspired by Bettie Page and Traci Lords‘ iconic fringe in ‘Cry Baby‘”.
Megan‘s nails were almond-shaped and lacquered with a light pink nail polish, courtesy of manicurist Olivia de Montagnac.
All things considered, as much as not many people gathered the intent of Megan‘s outfit, it was absolutely the best choice for such a personality as this online essay (“The Pin-Up: American eroticism and patriotism during the Second World War” by Camille Favre) explains egregiously: “Pin-ups are linked to the events of the 20th century.
The pin-up was born in the United States in the years 1920—1930, during the golden age of the press. Continuing a French tradition of soft erotic drawings, the pin-up followed in the footsteps of the Gibson Girl, the first illustration of a woman to be published in the form of a poster. During the Second World War, the production of pin-up pictures became a flourishing industry. […]
The strategic utility of this erotic archetype became particularly evident during wartime. The power of this image comes from its ability to appear innocent while conjuring up the classic codes of seduction: it is the eroticism of the “girl next door”. […] The pin-up is a simple and wholesome girl, with an almost childlike face but with very marked sexual attributes—bombshell breasts, interminably long legs, wasp waist and high buttocks. A western beauty posing suggestively, she is sexy but remains chaste, caught by surprise in situations that reveal her undergarments and anatomy. She is not willingly showing her body. And the voyeur is only seeing her by chance, without any deliberate intention on his part. These staged poses are characterized by the humour and improbability of the situation, which allows the woman to be eroticized without transforming her into an active sexual subject, preserving her freshness and innocence.”
I think you can clearly see the parallels between such figures and Megan Fox, it’s all out there.