Sarah Jessica Parker told Vogue the 2006 Met Gala “wasn’t a fun night” because of her nerves.
She said “shy” designer Alexander McQueen made her nervous because she admired him so much.
The Queen of the Met Gala seemed the most flustered when discussing her 2006 look and appearance. With the theme of “AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion,” she wore a red plaid sash dress by British designer Alexander McQueen.
Already set to wear McQueen, Parker humbly manifested the idea of attending the event with the designer.
“A bunch of things came to my mind,” Parker told Vogue. “He would say no, he’s already been asked, he’s called for, he’s obliged. And I didn’t really know him well enough to be so presumptuous.”
However, she mustered up the courage to ask, and the introverted designer agreed to go with her.
In the video, Parker analyzed a photo of the duo on the red carpet in iconic complementary tartan ensembles. “What strikes me about this photograph is where our heads are and how careful I’m being, or cautious,” Parker said. “The shier he was, the more shy I became.”
Overwhelmed by being in McQueen’s presence, Parker admitted, “It wasn’t a fun night. Like, it was, but it wasn’t because I was so nervous. I just wanted him to be OK.”
The actress expanded on this, saying her nerves were because of her “deep admiration” for the designer. “I was in love with him,” Parker said of McQueen, who died in 2010.
She also revealed she kept every pin and scrap of fabric McQueen touched from each of her dress fittings for the event, and still has them to this day.
While Parker has gone on to wear stellar and outrageous looks to the event throughout the years, the 2006 Met Gala marked McQueen’s first and last appearance.
The 2011 Met Gala theme, “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty,” paid homage to the late designer. That year, Parker spoke to People, recalling her 2006 memory with McQueen. “It was a quiet car ride,” she said. “I had his corsage in my lap, waiting until we met. I’m grateful for that memory, which is vivid, regardless of him passing.”
This year’s Met Gala will be held on May 2.
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