artwork detail artwork detail Sarah Jessica Parker Met GalaSarah Jessica ParkerTHE MATERIALS: Pelikan Watercolor / Watercolor Brushes / Watercolor Paper / Graphite Pencil / Swarovski Crystals

I was completely enamored by all of the gowns that graced the red carpet at New York City’s Met Gala this week.  As a fashion illustrator, the Met Gala is an event I look forward to every year because celebs go all out–wearing giant couture gowns they usually wouldn’t even wear to events like the Oscars. The theme of the gala this year was ‘Charles James: Beyond Fashion,’ so the gowns were even fancier than usual.   Charles James was a huge player in the fashion world because of how he constructed ball gowns throughout the 1940’s and 1950’s. He was never formally trained, yet he was coined one of the greatest designers in America because of his raw talent.

Ball gowns happen to be my favorite types of dresses to paint so while I was watching all of the stars walk the red carpet, I quickly got out my paints and started to get inspired. Above, I tried painting one of my favorite gowns of the evening–an Oscar De La Renta gown worn by Sarah Jessica Parker.  I couldn’t help but add my own crystal embellishments and color scheme to the gown as I went.  This is the type of gown that is so classic, it will never go out of style and Sarah Jessica Parker rocked it.