Ahead of the 2017 Met Gala on May 1, Billboard gets the inside scoop on the people in charge of making sure the trains of dresses for Rihanna, Beyonce and other stars remain perfectly coiffed. - From Billboard
Guests often get ready for the ball in the nearby Mark hotel -- in suites that can range up to 4,788-square-feet for the Mark Five Bedroom Terrace Suite at $40,000 a night, and where the first images of the evening are captured -- and then get into their cars and drive the third of a mile to the base of the Met on Fifth Avenue, where the climb begins.
The more complicated the dress, the more likely it is that it will require assistance, whether that’s in the form of a luxury-brand rep who walks out of The Mark with the talent, or a stylist, celebrity or designer assistant who “fluffs” on the red carpet.
The person appointed to the position depends on a number of factors: how many people can accompany the talent on the red carpet (one publicist said it depends on the level of the talent), who the talent trusts, and who is available.
During the 2015 Met Gala, Rihanna’s enormous gold gown, designed by Chinese couturier Guo Pei, with a train that stretched out to a dozen steps behind her, required the help of three assistants dressed in black suits, one being her stylist Mel Ottenberg.
When models Liu Wen and Arizona Muse emerged from the Mark before the 2014 Met Gala, a small army of attendants carried the skirts of their voluminous Zac Posen gowns before loading them on to a bus to the museum.