Rachel Zoe 'Spent a Lot of Nights Dreaming' About Karolina Kurkova's Met Dress

05/18/2012 at 09:00 AM ET

Rachel Zoe and Karolina KurkovaLucas Jackson/Reuters/Landov

There was one dress everyone couldn’t stop talking about after the Met Gala: Karolina Kurkova‘s custom Rachel Zoe Collection gown. FabSugar caught up with the designer behind the gold confection, Rachel Zoe, who divulged how such a stunning creation came to be.

“I spent a lot of nights dreaming about what I wanted it to look like,” she said. Long sleeves, a very low back and a high neck were all musts for the dress, but the much-talked about headpiece was a last-minute addition.

“It happened literally the day before,” the stylist-turned-designer revealed. “I thought, ‘What can I add to really take it to the next level?’ So we made the turban-slash-head-wrap to give it that deco-glamour that [Elsa] Schiaparelli was so known for.”

Although the turban was the perfect topper to the gorgeous gown, the woman wearing it brought the whole look together. “Obviously when you put something on Karolina, it’s even better because it’s on Karolina,” Zoe commented.

Zoe’s finished product looked like it was created by a seasoned pro, but it was actually the first time she’d designed a dress for the Met Gala. “Not in my lifetime did I think that it would be a reality,” she admitted. “Honestly, I don’t think I’ve recovered from it — it was hard work, a long process and an incredible process.” Tell us: What did you think of Zoe’s Met Gala gown?

–Jennifer Cress


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