After a year and a half on hiatus, the Met Gala 2021 arrived on the evening of 13th of September, and one thing's for certain: It's just as fabulous as ever before. Centering around the theme “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” the night honored legendary American designers and their impact throughout fashion's history. The COVID-19 pandemic paused most of the world for over a year and a night of celebration like this one is much needed to kickstart a fashion renaissance.
Top names from the global fashion and entertainment fraternity such as Kim Kardashian, Justin Bieber, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Alicia Keys, Rita Ora, Mindy Kaling, Emily Blunt, Pharrell Williams, Maluma, Kris Jenner, Mary J. Blige, Kirsten Stewart, Kate Hudson, ASAP Rocky, Megan Thee Stallion, Kid Cudi, Whoopi Goldberg, Serena Williams, Shawn Mendes, Camilla Cabello, Meghan Fox, Jennifer Hudson, Brooklyn Beckham sashayed down the steps of Metropolitan Museum Of Art in their finest best at fashion’s greatest night.
One amongst the 400 elite invitees was the wife of India-based billionaire Megha Krishna Reddy, Sudha Reddy who made a head-turning debut at the glitzy do. The charming philanthropist and business luminary paid a tribute to the ingenuity of American style with a spectacular creation put together by ace fashion designer duo Falguni Shane Peacock that was further accentuated with diamond jewellery from the gem maestro Farah Ali Khan.
An avid connoisseur of art and fashion, Sudha Reddy is the first non-film luminary from the state of Telangana to have been invited for the global affair. She was spotted interacting with Anna Wintour, Lil Nas X, Donatella Versace, Karlie Kloss and Gigi Hadid at the event which is dubbed as the "Party Of The Year," the "Super Bowl Of Fashion," and the "Oscars Of The East Coast”. Indian celebrities such as Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Isha Ambani and Natasha Poonawala have graced the previous editions of the event.
Talking about her experience Sudha Reddy expands, “The Met Gala has been one of the most aspirational landmark events in the world of style, one that is keenly admired by fashion greats. Monday evening’s intimate gathering was special and memorable. It was an extremely rewarding outing for me as I was able to exchange notes with many notable personalities, some who are extremely keen to explore socio-economic welfare campaigns in association with the Sudha Reddy Foundation in the future. I am extremely humbled and honoured to have received this opportunity to represent my country at this eclectic fashion parade.”
Keeping up with this year’s theme and maintaining an Indian touch to her outing, the business doyenne sported an opulent military-inspired haute couture look by Falguni Shane Peacock who have dressed major celebrities like Beyonce, Madonna, Katy Perry and Rihanna, among others. The dress, inspired by the American Revolution, which took over 250 hours of work to be handcrafted, was a bright gold sculptured gown with a dramatic 4-meter metallic train with medley of hues borrowed from the American flag and was accented with 3D embellishments of Swarovski crystals, sequins and bugle beads along the gown’s train.
Acing her over-the-top look, she opted for a matt molten metal beauty look with a pop of cherry-pink lipstick, a futuristic set of pointy bronzed nails and a classic high bun hair do. Farah Khan Ali’s ornate diamond ear cuffs, Chanel sequined gold stilettos and the bedazzled Judith Leiber Ganesha clutch served as an exquisite combination to the regal look.
Falguni Shane Peacock state, “Sudha is a very dear friend and a cherished muse who we have dressed on multiple milestone occasions in the past. It took us numerous sessions and more than 250 hours of labour to put together this remarkable statement piece. We have focussed on a lot on the detailing and we employed the services of our skilled atelier artisans in order to ensure the outfit does full justice to Sudha’s eclectic fashion aptitude.”
Farah Ali Khan adds, “I designed a sensual ear cuff with diamond encrusted stars that is inspired from the stars in the American flags which stands for the 50 glorious independent states of America. The bejewelled piece was crafted in 18kt gold with 35 carats of scintillating bezel set VVS diamonds that started from her cheeks and extended right upto her hairline”.
Hailed as one of India Inc's most noteworthy do-gooders, Sudha Reddy propounds the inclusive microcosm of billionaires. Moving from ‘cheque philanthropy' to ‘hands-on philanthropy', the Sudha Reddy Foundation has socially and economically empowered lakhs of people in Telangana. When she's not spearheading Megha Group Of Industries and TruJet Airlines, she's working towards affordable healthcare and accessible education. Widely celebrated for her charitable disposition, her philosophy is inspired by late Princess Diana. Interestingly she was the only Indian to be nominated for The Global Gift Empowerment Of Women Award. With a commitment and vision to continually pledge out of her personal wealth, she handed over grants to two charities viz. ‘Action Against Hunger and Fight Hunger Foundation’ and 'Breast Cancer Research Foundation' in Paris with Elizabeth Hurley in attendance.