Ever wondering how much prep goes into the most fashionable night of the year? Well, now you can find out!
Didn’t Eva Longoria look absolutely stunning in her Marchesa gown at the Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 3? I can’t even begin to imagine all of the prep work that goes into getting pretty, but luckily Eva’s seasoned stylist, Robert Verdi, gave us the scoop on the big day! “Its the perfect opportunity to wear a dress unexpected and more fashion-y,” he said, and Eva definitely took that all the way on the carpet. “It was a very sophisticated dress to wear, if it were a circus act it would be juggling on a unicycle on a trapeze,” he said. “I mean between the dramatic fish tail and the odd length she’s tiny and with her sophisticated pose, shes works it until its unemployed!”
So, when do they start preparing for the event? “We looked at them about a month before and we selected two that were altered,” Robert said. Although he said there was no spoken reference or look they were going for, “It was very old Hollywood glamour, that look that she does really well.” I couldn’t imagine what it must be like sifting through a slew of gorgeous gowns, but the celeb stylist said it’s not about choosing between a plethora of dresses, it’s about selecting the designer you want to wear. “That’s step one, step two is looking at the current collection and finding a dress no one has worn before.” He said Eva decided between three dresses, but when it came down to it, she made the decision between the final two the day of the event! Believe it or not, Robert says there aren’t a million catastrophes like you would think. In fact, after the dress is picked out the only issue is finding tiny shoes for the petite star! “Trying to find tiny shoes, and the length is always an issue for her,” he said. “Even a small bag on her looks like a tote bag, if she carries a zip-lock bag it looks like a body bag!”
While prepping is usually drama-free, the smallest slip-up can become a big problem, and unfortunately Eva learned this the hard way! “There was a power outage when we were getting her ready, with all the blow dryers and curling irons,” Robert said. “Everyone’s in the same hotel for the Met Ball and it’s filled with people getting ready, so I called down to tell them we blew a circuit and after fifteen minutes they still didn’t come up right away.” Robert said after finally calling down again, they came up to fix the fuse. “By the time he showed up we ended up moving everything from one room to another, when you’re getting ready you can’t waste any time.”
So, what time of crew do you need to prep? Robert said Eva had someone there to do her hair, another for makeup, and S. Liz Pickett and H. Ginger Johnson of Ginger+Liz to do her manicure and pedicure, along with him of course! Believe it or not, it doesn’t take all day to get glam! “It only takes an hour and a half at this point, it’s down to a science for someone like Eva,” he said. “For someone going to the event for the first time, it takes two to three hours, just orchestrating your nails, makeup, and hair is a lot, everyone needs to be coordinated and easily working with each other.” Having a savvy celeb stylist like Robert Verdi by your side definitely makes the day go by smoother!