Vogue: Maria Sharapova on Her Body-Skimming Met Gala Dress
By Emily Farra
When you’re a taut, toned, vertically blessed tennis champion like Maria Sharapova, it would be a shame not to embrace the slip dress trend. Curve-skimming satin was made for the lithe and lanky, after all. Tonight’s Met Gala was the perfect opportunity to try it out, so Sharapova enlisted Juan Carlos Obando, a Colombian designer known for his feminine, Latin-inspired slips.
Rather than resort to the clichés often associated with slip dresses—’90s grunge, lace, spaghetti straps, et al.—Obando prefers saturated colors and unexpected details, like an asymmetrical ruffle or a high-low hemline. For Sharapova’s dress, he chose a poppy red satin and of-the-moment voluminous sleeves.
“I love the feel of a simple, beautiful, altered slip dress, and this felt like a new take on a classic,” Sharapova tells Vogue.com. “This was the very first dress I tried on, but it was black. We wanted it to be more vibrant, and [Obando’s] red palette really popped.” While some guests chose to top off their looks with bold, futuristic jewelry, Sharapova opted for a few of Obando’s sleek gold pieces. That’s the beauty of a slip dress—it doesn’t call for much accessorizing at all.