Amal Clooney ‘upsets’ designer Tom Ford with Met Gala outfit swap

Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney is used to upsetting people – but usually it’s despots and human rights abusers rather than fashion designers. 

However, Mrs Clooney has found herself on the wrong side of Tom Ford’s fashion team over her choice of outfit at the Met Gala earlier this month. 

The Ford fashion house had been working for weeks to see Mrs Clooney, wife of actor George, wearing their creation at the Gala in line with the event’s theme, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. They had designed a long floor-skimming evening dress in sparkling red crimson which was supposed to look like a mosaic of a stained glass window. 

But in a last minute change, the modern-day style icon decided to appear with a a metallic bustier, Audrey Hepburn-style cigarette trousers and a billowing floral train. The outfit was designed by Richard Quinn, a British designer whose botanical prints had even won over royalty: The Queen appeared in the front row of his London fashion week in February this year. 

Ford’s fashion designers were notified of the change by Mrs Clooney. They were reportedly not pleased, but accepted her choice to go with another designer. But the team also said that they would prefer Mrs Clooney not to wear the dress at all, so that another star could have shown it at another glamorous event, the New York Post’s Page Six reported. 

The mild reaction apparntly turned furious, though, when they discovered that Mrs Clooney had ignored their request and wore their dress the same night, May 7, for a more private after party.

Vogue editor and chair of the event, Anna Wintour. said on The Late Show that Mrs Clooney insisted on stopping at the Metropolitan Museum’s gift shop to change the dress and wear Tom Ford’s gown.


Wintour also said that she pushed the star to stick to the main plan in order to avoid diplomatic embarrassment, given that Mrs Clooney was co-chair of this year’s Met Gala and had also appeared on the May cover of Vogue. 


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