Met Gala: Rooney Mara in Givenchy

Posted on May 08, 2013

Is it us, or does this look like some kind of fancy undergarment with delusions of grandeur?


Rooney Mara attends the 2013 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in a Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci couture gown accessorized with Jennifer Meyer and Carrie Hoffman jewelry.

Givenchy Fall 2010 Couture Collection/Model: Mariacarla Boscono (VIVA)

It’s like, “That’s nice, dear. Where’s the dress that goes over it?”

This is definitely of her style (although she’s another one who disappoints us because she’s so tailor-made for edgier looks than this), but the way the zipper in the skirt makes it look like there’s some sort of rip or gap at the bottom is just a flat-out bad design element.



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  • gabbilevy

    It’s hard to tell in the model photo, but I suspect this would work better zipped all the way.

    • Kikishua

      And up over her head

  • mjude

    agree tlo but i love the makeup

    • MilaXX

      Yes but like Ginnifer the makeup doesn’t quite match the dress.

      • gabbilevy

        The vampire lip is kind of her thing, isn’t it?

        • MilaXX

          yep and it’s getting a bit overdone.

          • shawnhunter

            has she done the vampire lip that much? i can only remember her doing it for the vanity fair spread and this one fashion awards show where she wore a really sad nude dress

          • shawnhunter

            OH WAIT you’re talking about ginnifer, whoops my mistake!

          • MilaXX

            Rooney Mara does a vampy lip often, or so it seems. Perhaps it’s because her Audrey bot look makes her seem like a dressed up version of her Girl with the Dragon tattoo character.

  • HATE the zippers! Aaaaah, die in a fire! *ahem* Also, her makeup is way too heavy.

    • filmcricket

      I think the make-up’s the only part of this that remotely matches the theme. Adding zippers to what is essentially a 40s silhouette does not make it punk.

  • The bottom end of the zipper looks very unfortunate.

    • Sarah

      It gives one the sense that something unseemly is going on behind it, or getting ready to protrude from it. So much visual suggestion from one weird spot. Ergh.

  • In_Stitches

    “fancy undergarment with delusions of grandeur” sounds like the plot to an awesome Pixar movie. In the end, the plucky longline bra gets to worn by a lovely ingenue at Cannes.

    In regards to the actual dress, it’d be a hell of a lot better if the bodice and sleeves weren’t sheer.

  • roble ridge

    Not at all punk rock, but I love her look nonetheless. On many other people, that dress would be TTH, but she makes it look effortless.

  • Hrm, the website’s having some general issues today, huh? Good luck, you guys – I assume TLo has it in hand.

    I like this. I wish she’d paired it with some beartrap shoes – this would have been the perfect venue for it, and it’s not like those clunky white ankle-straps are doing anything interesting for this dress. It needed something hard to contrast the soft, more than just the zippers. But the underwearish, thrifted nature of this makes it more punk to me than a lot of what we’ve been seeing.

    • MilaXX

      I’m wondering if they are still getting slammed because of the met gala posts

      • Yeah, I think so. Server burps after so much activity, at the very least.

  • thecitysleeps

    I think this looks gorgeous on her. And a good interpretation for punk.

  • Qitkat

    This would have looked a lot less like an undergarment if it were in an unexpected color, but I think it’s a beautiful dress. I’ve been loving all the comments that speak of true punk, since I know nothing about it, so I’m trying to learn.
    So here her makeup is good, her hair is OK, but could have been better, but she needed some statement earrings or necklace, and totally different shoes?

    • Sarah

      Nah. She needed a different outfit for true punk. Not much in the white department in the punk pantheon, and certainly no lacy ruffles, zippers or not. Maybe if she ripped off the bottom half of the skirt and then spray painted some graffiti on the rest of it, and threw some super tall Doc Martens on with that…

      • Qitkat

        Well, I did say I didn’t know anything. Graffiti would have been cool, but I guess no one went that direction. I know, PR challenge for next season. Give them this theme and pair it with the unconventional materials challenge. Nah. They’d blow it.

        • Sarah

          Ha! Good challenge idea. I think maybe not unconventional, but Punk would be cool. They could take them to some grimy punk-rock show and make them take pics for inspiration. Shoot, it’s probably already being filmed now, so since The Great Anna Wintour called the theme, we probably have a pretty good chance of seeing trickle-down punk-ness next season.

        • formerlyAnon

          I did see a photo of a woman whose pastel sweater(?) had a Clash lyric on it in white. (“Sharif don’t like that” from Rock the Casbah, which is way more a dance tune than a classic punk anthem, IMO, but then the quote isn’t exactly a political statement either.)

  • I love it and the shoes are killa….

  • I hate the curtains-opening-over-your-vagina effect. It just looks bad in addition to being tacky. I like the rest of the dress, though, and she’s the right person to wear it.

  • MzzPants

    I think she looks pretty fierce. This is how Audrey-bot does virginal. Kind of hate the ankle straps, though.

  • MK03

    She can ditch the Audreybot drag now. Enough.

  • MilaXX

    Honestly it looks like a fancy bathing suit cover up.

  • I take issue with the crotch curtains.

  • gsk241

    It looks like wedding night negligee from the year 2413. And that’s not a bad thing.

  • Rand Ortega

    A bit too doily couture for me. But I like the contrast w/ the dress & styling.

  • DeTrop

    I’m beginning to dislike Riccardo Tisci’s designs. I’m not sure if they’re too garish or missing the elegance gene.
    All his ladies look overexposed and classless, imnsho.

  • I don’t care for the dress but I LOVE that her hair and makeup is that of a female Loki.

  • God help me, but I actually like how the zippers turn this from a very bridal look into something more interesting. I do agree with TLo that the bit at the bottom of the center zipper looks like a mistake, though.

  • Cloveradams

    Rooney, I appreciate your sense of style, but after hundreds of photos of your inevitable deer-in-the-headlights poker face, all I see can now is a somewhat half-hearted mime.

  • Corsetmaker

    I love this. I agree where the zip meets the flounce is a little awkward but it doesn’t bother me unduly. The dark lipstick gives it a bit of edge. Also choosing the lacy, white dress for the ‘punk’ referenced event over her more usual hard edged black styles is a little subversive in itself 🙂

  • random_poster

    She should have just arrived in her Lisbeth Sander clothes/make-up, and called it a day.

  • formerlyAnon

    The skirt is *lovely* from the back. Overall it looks like something a space alien who’s been studying our culture from their orbiting spy station might design for a gala. Almost but oddly not quite in several different ways.

  • Tracy_Flick

    The bracelet-length/three-quarters sleeves are making me twitch.

    Fix the sleeves, and send this off to Loretta Lynn, who could really make it look actually punk.

  • It’s beautiful, and it suits her, but it does look a little bit like it belongs in the boudoir.

    Her makeup is dramatic and pretty, but it’s distracting how her makeup is SO many shades off from her normal skin tone (in the 4th picture, where you see the back of her dress). Her face and neck are one color, and the back of her neck is a different color entirely.

    • Hrm. That is a weird disconnect. It’s possible that she got a tan recently but put sunscreen on her face/neck to prevent wrinkles (that’s like, a good portion of my family in the Caribbean, especially my sun-worshipping cousins). Her makeup artist might want to consider adding an air of bronzer in to her makeup routine to help bring out some of that tan on her face. But she werq’s the milky pale face with the black makeup regardless, huh? I’m a little envious, I wish I had an occasion to wear deep aubergine lipstick.

  • Tisci did tons of the zipper detail in 2010/2011. I don’t know, I think this was a really good look, but it looked better on Mariacarla.

  • steeg of their own

    I don’t like this dress. It’s very Miss Havisham to me, a sort of false dusty nostalgia to it. I wish she’d pulled something out of her Dragon Tattoo costume closet for this, and then styled her hair into a mohawk or something.

    • demidaemon

      If it had more Miss Havisham to it–that is, it was more dilapidated and well-worn–it would hit the theme of this event better.

  • Christiane Truelove

    OMG. For some reason when I look a this, I have Billy Idol in my head, looking at her. I have no idea why though. “Hey little sister what have you done … It’s a nice day for a …White Wedding! It’s a nice day to … START AGAAAAAAIIIINNNN!” I think it’s the white. And the zippers. Go ahead and laugh at me now.

    • Coolekat

      Miley Cyrus WAS Billy Idol.

  • kimiakay

    My god, that zipper up the front. Somehow the zipper looks unfinished. Not sure what could be done to it. Otherwise it does look like a dressing gown, but a very beautiful dressing gown. The back is absolutely gorgeous, though. She is definitely pulling it off. I just don’t like the dark lip.

    • 3boysful

      The zipper looks inside out to me.

  • SewingSiren

    She always looks like Couture punk. She looks great as usual, but..could have easily blown everyone else away.

    • Spicytomato1

      Agree. She never looks like she’s trying too hard (cough Ginnifer Goodwin cough). She may have seemed nervous when she was doing the TGWTDT pole dances but I’ve always thought that she’s got real style.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    The top of it looks like a Naughty Nurse stripper costume.

  • Annie Lure

    What’s with all the lace? It looks decidedly outdated in many of the gowns.

    Here, the zippers come across as a shorthand “punk” detail because they fail to cohere into this fussy/prissy/florid creation.

  • Sorry, TLo, I love it!

  • bellafigura1

    I think the back is beautiful.

  • Lady Mary gone Goth?

  • quiltrx

    I’m so distracted by the rather labial opening at the end of the zipper (and badly placed at that) that I can hardly see the rest of the dress.
    It’s a shame Givenchy wasted so many different pieces of gorgeous lace on this one, weird dress.

  • capybara_cafe

    I guess I’m the black sheep today. I HATE the perma-surprise thing she has going with her brows, the lip color is horrible, and the dress is a terrible fit for “punk”. It has some elements to it that I like, but it reminds me too much of those awful nylon pants with the zip off legs.

  • msdamselfly

    I dig it

  • Sooo… a lacy zipper-crotch, basically? Digging the makeup though.

  • CommentsByKatie

    Omg, I get that the skirt is supposed to have a lettuce effect, but that gap under the zipper looks like a tear/accident to me. I can’t stop looking at it, even though I know it’s the angle..but it looks like a strange vulgar gape at almost any angle.

  • Carrieanno

    I’ll go there. I love this.

  • J’adore this on her! I say ‘WERQ’ to this! Easily one of my favorite of the night. There was something ethereal and elegant about the look, yet still edgy. I love her in it, love the makeup, love it all!

  • alyce1213

    I don’t like this at all. There’s just too much going on. The fabric is beautiful but it’s over-designed.

  • JauntyJohn

    Yes, it looks like the “something comfortable” she would slip into once you’ve gone back to her space pod with her.

  • embers618

    She looks a lot like a female version of Tom Hiddleston here – maybe I’m noticing it because the shoulders call back to the shape of his Loki costume?

  • frannyprof

    Yes–the zipper element makes it look like her vulva’s showing.

  • I really love this look. I think she nailed it!

  • Toto Maya

    OKAY, I MUST SAY IT. Rooney Mara, Katy Perry, and Tom Hiddleston all look exactly alike.

    I feel better now.

  • I feel like one of Michelle’s Leather breastplates would rock with this outfit.

  • Lesley

    love the severe lip on her, she has such an effortless-ness about her. she can make just about anything she puts on look high fashion.

  • ankali

    I can’t judge her properly. She is on my irrational LOVE list and can do no fashion wrong in my eyes.

  • pookiesmom

    I dunno, this is kind of a WERQ for me. It’s a very striking look.

  • I think I actually hate this garment. Like, feeling some rage, lamenting the waste (for what went into producing this overworked tablecloth bathrobe we probably could have fed 30,000 starving children for a week and we didn’t even get something pretty to look at.) So I suppose it makes a statement.

  • RuthGo

    I have to say, this is one of my favorite looks of the night. It’s a great match of interesting dress on the right woman at the right moment.

  • tereliz

    Re: the zipper: EXACTLY WHAT I WAS THINKING. I don’t particularly like vagina curtain dresses, but I do like the general silhouette of this one. Just not the front of the skirt where the zipper ends. Great lippy, though.

  • jackie cohen

    I have no idea why, but I keep thinking “Bride of Frankenstein”.

  • Jessica RoweRock


  • No to the front zipper. Love the black lipstick!

  • I think she looks good here (as she usually does) and makes me wish she’d learn French, go live in France and make some movies, and then come back with a personality to match these great looks.

  • more goth than punk, but I actually think it’s pretty hot. You’re right about the zipper detail there, tho

  • Topaz

    I’ve read some criticism that too many of the dresses equated “punk” with “goth” and that this dress was one of the main offenders. I kind of see where they’re coming from, but I also think it’s difficult when the Met Gala is such an establishment event that a true punk moment, which is supposed to crush the status quo, is pretty much impossible. Personally I feel like all you can really do is pay tribute via a bunch of cliched visual motifs because you’ll never capture the spirit, and that’s also inevitably going to mean looking like a whole bunch of other fashion movements that have already pillaged punk for every standout accessory or style it had.

    Except for Vivienne Westwood and her Bradley Manning photo, which the guy interviewing her hilariously ran about 500 miles from. He’s probably still somewhere in the hills crying about complicated issues and more than his job’s worth.

    Agree, disagree?

  • shelley514

    It has beautiful details, but that design flaw of a fake rip up the front . . . . um didn’t anyone see that before she left the house?

  • bitterk

    ZIP it up