Met Gala 2016: Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace

Posted on May 03, 2016

Kate Hudson attends the “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.



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This was probably, in our opinions, one of the most on-point looks of the night. A design so intricate that you have to stop to take it all in, utilizing a range of materials that really force you to look at the construction. The “Manus x Machina” theme was less about tech and more about methods of construction and use of unusual materials, which this look embodies flawlessly. In addition, it’s not weird for weirdness’ sake, as so many of the “edgier” looks of the night tended to be. It’s still a chic and eye-catching formal gown, but it’s one with some thought and consideration about the meaning of the night behind it. Well done all around.

Shame about the very standard California Blonde styling, though. She could’ve gone all New Wave with the head styling to really sell the look.

Style Credits:
Atelier Versace White Sheer Strapless Gown Featuring Studded Panels and Pleated Tulle Skirt
Giuseppe Zanotti Platform Pumps

[Photo Credit:, Kristin Callahan/ACE/, Best Images/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES]

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  • Glam Dixie

    First time in a while I haven’t been able to smell desperation wafting off of her. Huge missed opportunity on the hair.

  • Julz

    She did keep her nails with the theme, though!

    • 3boysful


      • Julz

        I didn’t say I liked the nails, because IRL, yuck!

        • 3boysful

          No worries–I understood what you were saying!

          • Sharon O’Rourke Frenz

            Love, love, love the nails! I’m looking to see who did them!

          • Sharon O’Rourke Frenz

            Alicia Torello!

  • This was perfect. Because I’m mean, I would have liked to have seen it on someone with a little bit more edge, but I have to give her credit–this is amazing.

    • gabbi

      Actually, she’s the perfect one to wear it, IMO. It’s totally in her normal wheelhouse (white, sort of beachy, a little sex kitteny) but also completely matched to the theme of the night.

  • Eva_baby

    Yes!! I staring at it, marvelling at the construction and wondering about the material. One of my favorites for the theme.

  • 3boysful

    It reminds me of the kiddie crafts where you cut stuff out of paper plates and then connect them with those little brass brads. And the skirt is the cellophane used to wrap Easter baskets.

    Pretty and interesting gown.

    • SomeWankerSaid

      That’s it! Was trying to think where i’d seen the technique before!

  • Lurker

    There’s an amazing designer from Denmark named Anne Sofie Madsen who rocked an entire collection that looked like this. So for that reason & for really understanding the Gala’s theme, this is the night’s winner.

  • steph

    If she had done Dale Bozzio’s hair circa 1982 it would have been amazing.

    • Lurker

      Missing Person’s shoutout!!!

      • Shawn EH

        “Do you see me? Do you care?”

  • IraKi

    I simply gasped when I looked at this. She looked phenomenal! I think this is WERQ-worthy!

  • Sarah

    This reminds me of Pinterest “make a lampshade from gallon milk jugs” projects. But in a good way.

    • TamiSeattle

      Ha! That made me laugh out loud!

    • Or a toilet paper bride.

  • Anna

    One of the best looks I’ve seen her in. I appreciate the Try-Hard being dialled back for the event.

    That being said, I wish Alicia Vikander had worn this instead.

  • FrigidDiva

    Of all the attendants there, she was one of the few that got it right. LOVED this, but I disagree on the hair. I think the toned down look on the hair allowed the dress to take the spotlight.

  • Saturnine

    I’m not terribly in love with the dress, even though it looks to be more on point. All I can see are white scimitars dangling from her knees. Anyone know what the bodice/tiny swords are made of?

    • Lower L

      I don’t know what the materials are, but my first thought was “Ouch! Paper cuts!”

  • I would have liked it better in a color that still allowed for contrast to be noted in the construction details. I’m getting bridal from it – which is weird because it would be an unconventional bridal choice. Maybe it’s the head styling. Maybe I am just contrary.

    • semigeekgirl

      I like it in the white because for me it reminds me of basic Shapeways-type 3D-printed objects. I think a color would have made it more couture but less tech, if that makes sense.

  • This is one of the few looks that was actually pretty yet fit the theme – and one of the only ones I paused on for a solid 10+ seconds.

  • Karen B

    I feel as though I missed an opportunity to make a DIY outfit from my high school report binders.

  • SugarSnap108

    Never would’ve guessed TLo would be typing the words “Nailed it” over an image of Kate Hudson at the Met Gala. But here we are.

    Agree completely. The dress is fabulous, the beach hair is a shame.

  • Lily

    I scoffed at the thumbnails of this because it just looked like a bunch of random plastic schmatta. But when I saw larger photos, I gasped. It looks like they had to construct the gown over her form in order to get the plastic pieces molded to her that way. The front slit bugs, as does the hair, but I’ll take it.

  • majorbedhead

    Am I the only one seeing a white alpaca face over her stomach/lady bits region?

    • Janet B

      I see it too.

    • Sekhmet6

      Thank you! Although I was thinking *angry llama*!

    • Karen B

      I saw that… and then became fixated on the “V is for Vag” design.

  • SewingSiren

    Beautiful dress. But the styling definitely brings it down. She should have taken a page out of the Katy Perry or Lupita Nyong’o hair book.

  • ServoCrow

    We are SO polar opposites in our opinions today, LOL This is better than her normal attire, but that’s not saying much.

  • ANWrootbeers

    Love this. One of the best of the night.

  • Not someone I would have expected to nail the theme, but she brought it. Good job!

  • KittieLynnNYC

    As much as I feel like Katy Perry went a bit overboard with the head styling for her look, in this case I feel like Kate didn’t even try. It’s her usual look, and this gown and event called for something far more dramatic and unique.

  • flamingoNW


  • Amanda Weaver

    When I first saw it, I thought it was made out of deconstructed pattern pieces. Not sure that’s what it is, but the inspiration was on point for the theme.

  • teensmom99

    I guess the Cali girl sameness threw me off on this.

  • Lexistential

    It’s nice to see this with a closer look. I thought the look was very random but it’s totally not. Fits the theme really well while very subtle.

  • DyanSwan

    She looks good in white. The hair and makeup are missed opportunities.

  • Tee

    I’m now craving wedding cake. Wouldn’t feel that way if she’d gone all in with the hair and makeup.

  • tryinnottobetoojudgy

    I’m a little confused. This dress, to me, just looks like an exceptionally well-rendered unconventional challenge from PR. So maybe I don’t get the whole concept of this year’s Met Gala theme, after all. I thought maybe it was something along the lines of an artistic commentary about the coexistence of fashion and technology. (Hence, Emma Watson’s recycled-soda-bottle couture seemed on point, if not the prettiest gown at the ball.) So, is this gown a “nailed it” because it uses unconventional (and modern) materials beautifully? I’m not being snarky here – I’m genuinely interested….

    • Cynica

      Had the exact same reaction–unconventional materials challenge that someone had adequate time to complete.

  • frannypaul

    This whole night is like a billion dollar unconventional materials challenge form PR season1.

  • Gatita

    I like the dress but it’s a bit like an Ikea lampshade, no?

  • numenah

    Perfect dress for the woman and the occasion.

  • mar

    I actually thought Book Ball gown when I first saw it. It is a very pretty gown.

  • SunDevilWitch

    But with her midriff covered, if she didn’t leave her hair in beach mode, how would we know it was her?

  • MilaXX

    Definitely an Attah girl! Hair is boring but the dress is on point.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I hate the manicure, but it is so on point.

  • KT

    This looks really cool, until you get to the weird thigh ruffle, and then everything happening beneath that looks strange and unresolved. I initially thought she was wearing armored bellbottoms, which — aghhhh!!!

  • MRC210

    I never thought I’d say this about a dress that has cut-outs over the butt and a crotch-high opening in front, but I like it.

  • ChiKat67

    Did not know Donatella had it in her!

  • Carla_Charlton

    Does anyone else see the smile on her crotch and the eyes looking down from her belly to the same area?

    • rocketinu

      YES! First thing that jumped out at me!

  • Timber

    With Madonna’s dress showing body parts we don’t want to see, and Bey’s dress showing body parts *she* doesn’t want us to see, the peek-a-boo of this dress comes across as clever.

  • In Tune

    I was pretty surprised when I saw this! another website poo-pooed it, so I’m really happy to see that TLo and I are on the same page – I, too, thought it really embodied the theme while being flattering to the wearer (in spite of the wearer!).

  • AnnaFalacksis

    I like that the hair is not too done. She’s wearing the dress and not the other way ’round.

  • Madgirl

    Some rockabilly/avant garde type hair would’ve made this a werq, for me at least.

  • Dellie

    She looks pretty flawless… thanks L+T for highlighting this… she was passed over by many, including myself.

  • Byodo-In

    Love the emphasis on construction of this, and definitely one of the top theme looks of the night without totally abandoning fashion.

  • ladybug

    Anyone else seeing the face in the middle of the dress?? Or have I had too much “coffee”

  • I can’t not see two faces, Grumpy Elf in the bodice and Surprised Elf below it.

  • Kaonashi

    Wow. She actually looks wonderful (and on theme). I love how the dress seems to be made of different materials.

  • A_guy01

    Brava Kate. Well done.

  • joything

    I’ll put this remark here because the discussion is about materials and construction. I’m just surprised nobody chose a 3D-printed garment. You know, an impossible shape in materials light enough to wear and walk in.

  • Maria Mercedes Arevalo Espinoz

    She got the good Versace!! love it

  • cocohall

    I’m sure I would like this dress a lot more on anyone else. Why go to the trouble of wearing this tricky frock if you aren’t going to give it your all with your styling? But I will begrudgingly admit that it is a very cool gown that stood out in a good way from most of the other dresses.

  • B_C_J

    Hair is horrible

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    I often snark on Kate, but I must give credit to her and Versace-this look definitely works; if her hair had been more polished, she might have nailed an even higher grade

  • Belvane

    I must tease a bit about the typo: Is “eye-couching” when one just sits there looking at an outfit and says “ehh”?

    • It’s when one is a bitchy fashion blogger who’s absolutely exhausted and is eyeing the couch.

  • VCR1

    I love this dress. It’s fantastic. It’s the best thing that Kate Hudson has worn in a long time.
    So true about her hair and makeup. She could’ve really elevated this dress even higher with better styling.

  • Little_Olive

    An “of course” within the theme, which in a way makes it even more of course-y. Still, I would have handed it to her had the styling been better.

  • oneWEIRDword

    FAB YOO LUSS !!!

  • Charlotte

    perfectly Theme appropriate dress for the MET,sadly not on the right wearer.
    her styling is too generic and basic,I would expect something edgier to go with this dress

  • Marionette

    This is January Jones’ dress. She would have gone all-in with the styling and made it rock.

  • pippitypup

    Her crotch is smiling at me.

  • quiltrx

    The more I look at this, the more I like it. It looks like quilt templates made from Templar (no-melt plastic) so how could I *not* like it?
    I don’t care for the cooch slit in the skirt. And I hate the styling, seems like an incredible opportunity missed. But the dress is great.

  • dschubba

    She’s the empress of “she looks AMAZING… What is she doing here again?”

  • Lin

    She looks like she got stuck in a paper shredder. This was a miss to me. Big YAWN.

  • Fred Vaughn

    That dress has faces.

  • Imasewsure

    She’s made this dress boring… should have passed it over to Beyonce not only because she would have looked amazing in it but also because it would have meant that Beyonce’s other (ugly) dress wouldn’t have existed…

  • sgac37

    I am usually willing to cut people some slack when it comes to patterns over the groin region, but in this case the face – nay, the little man – is so glaring I just can’t. He has eyes. A mouth. A beard. I can’t unsee.

  • sgac37

    She’s alledgedly wearing 100 carats of diamonds, so why can’t I see them?

  • Yoshio

    No, just no. It looks like a craft project, well fitted but still a craft project.

  • mdcoon127

    Like it a lot.

  • Freynika

    Fantastic dress. Too bad it’s on the wrong girl.

  • Therese Bohn

    “I’m a little bit princess, I’m a little bit an-der-oid!” Yes, nailed it!

  • JynxTheCat

    WHYYYYYYYYYYYY would ANYONE match this dress with Surf hair??? WHAT THE HELL????!??!?!!!