Nicole Kidman has stunned fashion watchers in an extravagant pale pink Chanel couture gown at this year’s Met Gala, which is celebrating late-Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld.
Fashion watchers did a double take as the wispy pink gown looked oddly familiar, before realising it was the same dress Kidman wore in her iconic Chanel No. 5 commercial almost twenty years ago.
In 2004, Nicole signed on as the face of the iconic perfume fresh off her Best Actress Oscar win for playing Virginia Woolf in The Hours.
Lagerfeld was so inspired by the Aussie star he commissioned Baz Luhrmann to create an extravagant commercial with the scale and production value of a major motion picture.
The resulting two-minute advertisement, called No. 5 the Film, set a new standard in luxury advertising and cost a whopping USD $33 million.
By comparison, Nicole’s Oscar-winning movie The Hours cost just USD $25 million.
In the commercial, Kidman plays a glamorous movie star and her leading man was Love Actually star Rodrigo Santoro.
Despite being set in New York, Santoro recently revealed that the commercial was actually shot in Sydney and that a faux Times Square had been painstakingly reproduced with props, including real New York cabs.
Earlier on Monday, the 55-year-old actually gave a hint that she may wear the dress when she posted a short clip of the legendary commercial on her Instagram.
In the commercial’s most iconic sequence, Kidman runs through Times Square wearing the feathered dress, which she looked nearly identical in at Monday’s Met gala.
The dress itself is made of pink silk tulle (complete with a four-meter train in circumference) and was hand embroidered with 250 pink ostrich feathers as well as over 3,000 silver crystals and sequins.
“I have the most indelible memories of fittings with Karl in the atelier, and I loved witnessing his dedication to his craft,” Kidman told Vogue on Monday.
“I remember his laugh when he first sketched the dress and handed me the sketch. He always made me laugh. He designed a number of dresses for me, but I think this is the most spectacular.”
Lagerfeld died in 2019 at the age of 85 and is considered one of the most influential designers of the 20th century through his work at Chanel, Fendi, Chloe and his own Karl Lagerfeld label.
News Source: www.skynews.com.au