May 2, 2023 - Culture

Brooklyn Decker shows Charlotte pride at 2023 Met Gala

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 01: Andy Roddick and Brooklyn Decker attend the 2023 Costume Institute Benefit celebrating "Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty" at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 01, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)

The Met Gala is Hollywood’s biggest costume party, celebrated each year on the first Monday of May.

Among this year’s guests was model, actress and North Carolina resident Brooklyn Decker.

  • You might recognize her as Mallory Hanson on Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie.”
  • She attended the annual fundraiser with her husband Andy Roddick, a former world tennis player.

Charlotte is so lucky to have this design-loving, creative ecosystem and we are grateful you all scrambled to make these rusty folks feel cool,” Decker wrote in an Instagram post about her Met Gala experience and outfit. 

Andy Roddick and Brooklyn Decker attend The 2023 Met Gala Celebrating “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line Of Beauty” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 01, 2023 in New York City. Photo: by Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Why it matters: It’s not often that Charlotte is put on the national stage for its fashion scene. Decker just did that for us in a single post, shouting out local menswear line Tabor. women’s fashion boutique Capitol and local jewelry store Tiny Gods.

Thank you @taborclt for outfitting Andy in the 11th hour and to @shopcapitol for tailoring and the minaudière,” she wrote.

Decker, who splits her time between Charlotte and Texas, is proud of her Carolina roots, writing in the caption: “Back to Cackalacky we go.”

Context: Hundreds of celebrities take to the red carpet each year dressed to a theme designated by the Costume Institute’s chief curator Andrew Bolton, according to TIME. This year’s theme was “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty” in honor of the late fashion designer who died in 2019.

  • Proceeds from the exclusive event benefit the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. The fundraiser regularly raises eight-figure sums from its powerful benefactors, according to Vogue.

Zoom in: Decker wore a vintage Chanel dress from the 2005 Chanel S/S collection, which she found on eBay. The Chanel dress was a nod to Lagerfeld, who was the creative director of the fashion brand from 1983 until his death.

What they’re saying:From tailoring her gorgeous vintage Chanel gown to the YSL minaudière finishing touch, she looked absolutely stunning and we’re honored to be a part of it,” a representative from Capitol tells Axios. 

  • “We were thrilled and honored to adorn her in jewelry for her return to the Met Gala red carpet,” founder and owner of Tiny Gods, Mary Margaret Beaver, tells Axios. “The pearls, including the one-of-a-kind tiara, were designed by Assael and the gold chains with baroque diamond cross are by Sylva & Cie.”

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