Stylist: Petra Flannery assisted by Marco Milani
Outfit: custom Michael Kors
Makeup Artist: Amy Oresman assisted by Daphne Chantell
using Charlotte Tilbury Makeup and Lancer Skincare
Hairstylist: Chris McMillan assisted by Skevo Zembillas
Shoes: Michael Kors
Jewelry: Jared Lehr

Zoe Saldana channeled a ‘disco queen’ for the 2019’s MET Gala and since we’re looking through our archives while we’re waiting for the next big event, we went back to the 70’s and had a blast.

Saldana went for a custom Michal Kors copper sequined one-sleeve, tie-neck dress with a side slit, V back, and a very slender Me Decade¹ silhouette. The gown was paired with matching platform sandals, a matching ostrich-feather boa and Jared Lehr jewelry.

Citing Vogue US, the dress was “made of 60,000 sequins applied to jersey to create a ‘sparkling confetti effect'”.

Possible inspiration for the dress – Fall 2019 RTW
Courtesy of Michael Kors
Possible inspiration for the boa – Fall 2019 RTW

The starting point of the look was probably Michael‘s Fall 2019 Ready-to-Wear collection, which was inspired by the Studio 54. Saldana and her stylist Petra Flannery started planning the dress that February together with Kors.
According to Vogue US, the actress “opted for natural and voluminous ‘Guy Bourdin hair’, finished with a face-framing orchid (that most 1970s of flowers)”.

Guy Bourdin‘s voluminous hair

According to her makeup artist Amy Oresman: “The inspiration for Zoe Saldana for the MET Gala red carpet look was a juxtaposition of textures including Swarovski crystals and Charlotte Tilbury‘s deep purple palette which created a vibrant contrast of color. Her look was a elegant take on the modern embodiment of camp.”

Courtesy of Amy Oresman

Oresman kindly wrote a product breakdown on her Instagram for all Zoe‘s fans.

MAKEUP BREAKDOWN (everything was from Charlotte Tilbury, edited for clarity):
“- Magic Away Concealer in 8 and Magic Foundation 7 & 9 as the base;
Lightgasm and Lovegasm Face Palette for highlighting and countouring;
Beauty Light Wand in Peachgasm and Goldgasm on the cheeks;
– ‘Pop It‘ from the Lovegasm Face Palette as the rosy blush.

The Glamour Muse – Luxury Palette, The Icon Palette in Date Eyes 2 and Swarovski crystals on the eyelids;
Legendary Lashes Volume 2 Mascara;


Airbrush Flawless Finish – Complexion Enhancing Powder in Medium and Charlotte’s Genius Magic Powder in Medium to set the face.

Supermodel Body – Body Highlighter all over the body.
Bitch Perfect on the lips.”

SKIN PREP (edited for clarity):

Courtesy of Amy Oresman

“Ultimate skin prep […] using Dr. Harold Lancer. First, I cleansed with The Method: Cleanse, this leaves a fresh squeaky clean feel. Then I applied my favorite Lift and Plump Sheet Mask to give maximum glow and moisture. After, we used six drops of Omega Hydrating Oil to bounce the high points of her face. Then we finished her prep with The Method: Nourish Moisturizer on her T-zone. This gives glow in all the right places while still leaving a natural finish!”

From @amyoresman’s Instagram
From @amyoresman’s Instagram

¹ The “Me Generation” in the US is a term referring to the baby boomers generation. The main aspirations of said generation were narcissism, self-realization and self-fulfillment. In the 70’s there were no rules in fashion and overproduction was the norm, hence why the market was also filled with cheap synthetic clothing. The most famous silhouette was tight on top and loose on bottom and at the time, designers such as YSL and Halston were at the forefront, fully embracing the societal changes that were in motion.