The Met Gala is over, but the fallout from a high-level fashion drama over Amal Clooney’s glamorous gown lingers on.
Page Six has exclusively learned that Amal infuriated powerful fashion forces at Vogue and designer Tom Ford’s team after his atelier had toiled for weeks to make a custom Met Gala gown for her — and she decided hours before the event not to wear it.
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Media sources tell us that the famed human-rights attorney decided at the last minute to walk the red carpet in a dramatic “backup” outfit by hot British designer Richard Quinn, a bustier and pants with a billowing floral train.
We’re told that when Amal told the Tom Ford team about the last-minute change, “they were annoyed, obviously, but they were gracious, and said it was fine to go with [another designer], but they would prefer that Amal not wear the dress at all if she wasn’t going to wear it on the Met Ball red carpet.” Vogue also lobbied Amal to stick to the original script, we’re told.
Ford’s fashion house had hoped, if Amal didn’t debut the dress — a full-length crimson number designed to look like a stained-glass window, in keeping with the Met Gala’s theme, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” — that they would be able to show it at a different A-list occasion on another star, sources said.
But they were stunned — and furious — when Amal ignored their request and, after the media blitz of the red carpet, changed into the Tom Ford dress once inside at the more private affair. Vogue editor Anna Wintour said on “The Late Show” that Amal had insisted on changing gowns in the museum’s gift shop. Amal wore it for the rest of the night.
We’re also told that Vogue staffers — who coordinate the red carpet for the gala, often brokering arrangements between designers and stars — were mortified by the debacle, especially as Amal is Vogue’s May cover star.
Reps for Vogue and Tom Ford declined to comment, and reps for Quinn and Amal didn’t get back to us.
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