Met Gala: Michelle Dockery in Burberry

Posted on May 07, 2013

‘Downton Abbey’ star Michelle Dockery attends the 2013 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in a Burberry optical python-print leather shift dress paired with Gianvito Rossi shoes and an Edie Parker clutch.



[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • formerlyAnon

    This works way better than a shiny reptile finish ought to work. I LOVE the collar/necklace/whatever.

    • aeb1986

      Is this Lady Mary’s version of “punk”? Love it.

    • Agreed, but that dress is pretty boring. Necklace is great, though!

    • drdarke

      It’s not remotely “punk” outside of the material – but it’s a lovely ensemble just the same.

  • A.W.

    Would have preferred a bright red lip, but of course she looks stunning anyway. However… NOT PUNK!!!!

    • cheesebomb

      “However… NOT PUNK!!!!”

      I feel like I’m going to be reading this comment a lot today. I suppose she went with the logic of leather = punk.

      • A.W.

        I prayed for a red carpet full of VIvienne Westwood insanity, and instead we got gorgeous ladies dressed as usual!

        • ballerinawithagun

          I know! Viv and Zandra! Elizabeth Hurley’s dress must still be around somewhere!

          • imspinningaround

            Liz Hurley’s dress is IN THE EXHIBIT.

        • kmc1138

          For the Met Ball, let alone the punk theme, I thought almost everyone went a little too safe. Don’t get me wrong, there were some amazing folks, but no one took a risk and wore ART. You know?

          • MoHub

            JLo and Kelly Osbourne particularly surprised me in how safe they went.

          • formerlyAnon

            JLo is too busy worrying that someone might forget that she’s STILL HOT to venture far afield.

      • I’m giving up on the punk/not punk labels, and just looking to see who brought the over-the-top. In a good way, of course.

    • SewingSiren

      I’m thinking the textile? It could have been right on the money if she cut the hem right below her thigh with a pair of dull scissors.

    • KateShouldBeWorking

      I would have stood up an clapped if someone showed up in jeans and a ratty t-shirt. At the Met Gala, I can’t imagine what would be more punk. Except maybe sweatpants.

      • Zubaz? Those Haband for Her poly slacks that they sell 2 for $20 in the back of Parade magazine? (crease sewn in for your convenience!)

        If I were rich and fabulous and invited, I would have swanned out to Queens or Williamsburg or DUMBO and found me some starving hipster sort and blessed them with my patronage. And then I would wear whatever kooky shit they came up with, accessorized with the most over-the-top tiara available.

        And Doc Martens. SO I COULD STAND.

        • KateShouldBeWorking

          Ha! I swear to you, I typed Zubaz first and then changed it to sweatpants because I didn’t know who would remember those. High five, Elaine!

          • Seared into my memory like a bad dream. I moved from New England to the PNW for the crucial early 90s years…trips home for holidays were a rugged transition from Grunge-heads and RiotGrrls to NE Guido Chic. There was a lot of hair involved on both coasts. Now I’m old….at least my feet still work, since the Docs and Chucks were worn with everything. I pity the young bitches who went through a time of pointy toed stilettos. Their bunions must be shocking.

          • KateShouldBeWorking

            I’m getting buried in my docs.

            Will you be my internet bestie? I feel like you get me.

        • Paigealicious

          LMAO Zubaz

  • RinPauler

    That dress, especially in close-up pictures, is everything. I think she looks terrific. Love the hair, love the clutch, the shoes could have been more badass. But overall, great.

  • She looks underdressed.

    • Introspective

      my thoughts exactly. nice enough but feels a little safe and uninspiring. this is the Met Gala. do a little more. or rather a LOT more.

  • crash1212

    This is how a Lady does punk. Gorgeous.

  • SewingSiren

    She looks pretty and classic.

    • Tatiana Luján

      In a python-print leather dress. That takes some talent.

  • It should have been so easy to give this a punky styling. And yet they went with ladies who lunch accessories. Missed opportunity.

    • ballerinawithagun


  • MarissaLG

    She looks really great, but it’s a little conservative for the Met Ball, no?

    • Sobaika

      Yeah, it’s not the OTT fashion cray one expects.

      • Lesley

        i have to say i was beyond disappointed in majority of the fashion choices last night

  • hmariec19

    Not very punk, but let’s be honest, other than Madonna, who actually dressed punk at this event?

    She looks very pretty.

  • Wow. It’s the most glamorous version of cave woman dressing I’ve ever seen. J’adore.

  • Well I guess this is punk for Lady Mary…

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    I would cut her for that necklace!

  • Guidosdaddy

    Michelle Dockery, Madonna, Katy Perry, and Winona Ryder need to play sisters in the best or worst film ever made…

    • bristlesage

      If you’re gonna have Winona Ryder, you’ve got to have Natalie Portman and Keira Knightley, right?

  • The center part in her hair is bugging me for some reason. I think she looks best in the thumbnail preview where it is cropped out.

  • jetpackdino

    And the Sorting Hat says… Slytherin!

    She looks good. A bit conservative perhaps, but good.

  • l_c_ann

    I guess she isn’t thinking about being encased in a giant snake………….skin. Just too yuck for this snake hater.

  • She looks perfectly out together. WAY too conservative for the Met Gala, but lovely, nonetheless.

  • Lesley

    pretty but safe and NOT PUNK!!

  • Man, if I were a celebrity and got an invite to this and was told to dress punk, I would be pulling out all the stops. She looks lovely, as always, but this doesn’t even qualify as edgy never mind punk. Where are the safety pin earrings? I would have loved to see someone wearing something like that along with their expensive dresses.

    • I am totally disappointed in the overall efforts made by those in attendance, especially the big names with the funds, stylists, designers on call and access to all things fabulous.

  • cmb123

    Boring. This feels like a dress for the Oscar Nominee Lunch – not the Met Gala

  • She looks so womp womp compared to Katy Perry or SJP….

  • MilaXX

    yeah this is about as wild as I can see her getting. I think the nails were the biggest leap for her.

  • A little understated for the Met Gala, but I still love it. I definitely would have picked more interesting shoes. Thought she looked ever better with the little leather jacket she was sporting before the red carpet.

  • Lovely!

  • AlisonS

    Knowing that it’s shinny snakeskin makes me like it a LITTLE better than the preview TLo showed last night, but it’s still so…. simple. (I say simple to a navy/black snakeskin shift with a GIANT necklace.) Seriously, how out of place would does she look next to even the more simply dressed ladies like JLaw??

  • Could someone please explain this to me, like I’m a 5 year old?

  • procrastinatrice

    Love her, but this is just boring. Live a little, Michelle.

  • Janet B

    A change in styling could have taken this punk easily (and cutting/ripping the hem).

  • Stubenville

    Those are some rocks.

  • Emily Rose

    It’s pretty but I feel like she missed the “punk” memo…

  • stubbornthoughts

    Did she think this was a work Happy Hour?

  • xmixiex

    uh. i’d wear this to work. IT’S THE MET. GALA.

  • Melanie

    I love the texture, but otherwise . . . snooze.

  • This is GORGEOUS. It’s a beautiful, classy dress, and rendered in a fascinating textile. My only quibble is that it’s not quite “out there” enough for the Met Gala. But that’s minor; I think she looks fabulous.

  • mozzer0906

    the reflection of that necklace on her neck makes her look like she has a skin condition

  • Shame she did not have time for hair? Dress n clutch great…not loving necklace. Shoes a bit “too” proper!

  • tereliz

    Great dress, bet it looks even better in real life. I’m also a little disappointed she didn’t go with something less conventional for the Met Gala.

    I mean, the Sev wore a turban, January Jones came dressed as an alien and Zooey Deschanel came dressed as a grown up. Poor uncles, it must have been really hard choosing which looks to feature! 😉

  • ojosazules

    She is underdressed, to say the least.

  • I love this, totally. Maybe it’s not for this event as it went unnoticed, but it’ gorgeous.

  • imakeart

    I can’t get past that flawless skin of hers.

  • decormaven

    Great look for an industry event or a cocktail party, but not to what has been billed a punk-inspired event. Geez, people, you work with the stuff of dreams. This was the time to go full-out, not just putting on some safe LBD.

  • Mary229

    This doesn’t look punk but it does look edgy. Such a pretty girl.

  • kayleymaybe

    Gorgeous, but not sure it’s “Met Ball” gorgeous Not everyone can do punk, and she’s one of them that would probably feel a little ridiculous trying, but still, this isn’t quite high fashion enough for the event, I think.

  • Imasewsure

    Gawd how dull. She’s pretty but zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz I wouldn’t want to go to her party

  • abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxqyz

    Hi Aunty in her mid 50s!~

  • jmorino08

    I saw photos of her with a cropped leather biker’s jacket on, which greatly upped the punk factor, but this is still pretty rad!

  • DeTrop

    No. Too safe by half. Love the necklace though.

  • She looks polished. Love her hair and make-up. The dress is nice but boring.

  • This is a wasted opportunity-with her coloring she could have done a serious punk goth Siouxsie type of look. She always looks so straight laced. Couldn’t she have done something with her hair?

  • FrigidDiva

    This looks like office wear for Vogue, not something you wear to the Met Gala. Yawn.

  • It excites me to see her at such a high profile event but I wish she would have pushed it more. Another snooze.

  • Deac82

    I mean, why even bother going if you are going to dress like this?

  • Nonmercisansfacon

    Quel ennui! This is boring for the venue and for the theme.

  • And now, a story: After the tragic death of Matthew Crawley, Lady Mary traveled to the Queen’s colony of Australia for a change of scenery. After receiving less-than-stellar service during a meal at her rented villa, Lady Mary complained to the resort manager, who apologetically assured her that they staff would pay for their negligence. As punishment, Lady Mary forced the staff to kill and skin a nearby alligator, whose glistening scales had caught her eye, and use their peasant fingers to fashion a dress from it. Not completely satisfied with the ensemble, Lady Mary ordered the animal’s teeth removed and strung onto a necklace to adorn her aristocratic neck. Then, Lady Mary traveled by luxury steamer to New York, to meet up with her grandmother, who declared the new look shocking but utterly fabulous.
    Let’s face it, this is the best place Downton Abbey can go from here.
    All kidding aside, I LOVE this look.

  • Boring

  • demidaemon

    This, for the event in question, is pretty lame. Go home, go back in time, and try again.

  • Anniebet

    Hideous hair. She’s wearing cow hide made up as a fricking snake? Whole look is yawn inducing.

  • Call me Bee

    Not “Punk” in the least. In fact, looks like she’s on her way to lunch with her mum, instead of the biggest fashion gala in town.

  • elirt

    Totally wrong event. :/

  • MandyM

    Pretty but boring.

  • mila_8

    I thought it was made out of black bubble wrap. Python giving me a sad.

  • ankali

    She looks great, but this is too quiet for the event.

  • EEKstl

    Love the look but not for this event. That necklace is fierce!

  • bitterk

    Lovely dress again ruined by boring shoes

  • kathrineb

    It’s OK…but why am I so bored?