Getting Ready
diane von furstenberg and talita von furstenberg met gala 2019

Getting Ready for the Met Gala with Diane and Talita von Furstenberg

This is how fashion royalty does it.

By: Leah Faye Cooper
Photography: Ben Ritter

While Anna Wintour was festooning herself with feathers and Lady Gaga was layering on *four* different looks, Diane von Furstenberg and her granddaughter, Talita, were prepping for the Met Gala as only they could—in Diane’s massive flagship-slash-office, sipping water from DVF-emblazoned bottles while a dedicated glam team tended to every strand of hair and whisp of eyeshadow.

“I was so nervous,” Talita says of her first Met Gala in 2017. “I was only 17, which is illegal by Met Gala standards [laughs]. You’re supposed to be 18, but it was two days before my eighteenth birthday, so they let it slide.” The Georgetown University sophomore just launched her first collection, aptly coined TVF, and turns 20 tomorrow. Suffice it to say, it’ll be a birthday to remember, celebrated tonight alongside her grandmother, who dressed Camila Coelho and Adwoa Aboah for the occasion.

“[Talita] is young and fun and reminds me how much fun these events can be,” Diane told us. “She’s like a breath of fresh air, and especially as she comes off of designing her first collection, I think nights like this are really meaningful to her.”

Attending, Talita says, is indeed very meaningful, but not without its stressful moments. “I’m not nervous about going this year, but I am nervous that my dress is still being made as I’m getting my hair and makeup done [laughs]. So I’m nervous that I won’t even have a dress to go in!”

It happened at the eleventh hour, but every floral embellishment made it onto Talita’s dress, and she made it to Met Gala. Click through for more on her and Diane’s looks and what they love most about the biggest night in fashion.


“The camp theme is a true clin d’oeil or ‘wink.’ It’s fun, doesn’t take itself too seriously, and creates an environment where fantasy becomes reality. I wanted to bring everyone’s fantasy to life through their looks.” —Diane von Furstenberg

“My look tonight is a continuation of my line, TVF, which was inspired by flowers. We wanted to continue that inspiration into my dress tonight. We didn’t know how to make flowers camp, so I thought, ‘I’ll just go naked!’ [laughs]. So I’m wearing a sheer chiffon slip, covered in flowers. Obviously the important parts are covered with flowers.” —Talita von Furstenberg

“My makeup is super natural and dewy, and then we did a pink eye to match the flowers. For my hair, we put baby’s breath all throughout it, and then I have a flower crown.” —TVF

“I’m going as the Statue of Liberty. It’s one of my favorite landmarks and very near and dear to my heart as an immigrant in this country. I had to go all the way and complete the look with a crown and torch, and my dress features myself on my first Interview magazine cover in 1977. It’s perfect for the night’s theme!” —DVF

“Last year I was wearing such a big dress, and all of these people kept stepping on it and saying sorry, but the people were like Migos and Beyoncé. So I was like, ‘It’s OK, don’t worry about it.’” —TVF

“Walking through the red carpet takes a while because you’re waiting in line—even the biggest VIPs—so waiting in line is actually cool because you meet all of these celebrities who are waiting in line like regular people.” —TVF

“Going anywhere with my grandmother is fun because she knows everyone and introduces me to so many interesting people. And she feels so young to me, she doesn’t feel like a grandma at all.” —TVF

“I love seeing so many of my friends in one room, so I would probably be chatting, but I’m no stranger to the dance floor either.” —DVF

“I’m going to dance all night.” —TVF

“It goes by so quickly, it’s a blur. You have all this prep leading up to it, and then you’re like, ‘Oh—it’s over!’” —TVF