An Inside Look: Making Celine Dion's Custom CG Shoes for The Met Gala.

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The Met Gala is arguably fashion’s biggest night of the year- but it’s more than just a red carpet or a big party. It’s an opportunity to celebrate art, history, and for designers to showcase their utmost creativity. Chloe Gosselin was honored to be of those designers for the 2019 Met Gala, custom-designing the shoes for Global icon, Celine Dion. Working in coordination with Oscar de la Renta, it was a unforgettable night- and look.

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Photo courtesy of The New York Times

Photo courtesy of The New York Times

The process of designing the shoes began over a month ago. “Celine Dion had been one of my very first customers and has always supported my brand. I was thrilled when her team tasked me to create this one of a kind shoe. We were inspired by vintage dancing shoes with my signature jewelry piece, but revamped in a Swarovski crystal with oversized crystal fringes”, said Gosselin. The metallic Nappa leathers and Swarovski crystals were matched to fabric swatches of the glowing gown, and sent to Milan to be hand-made.  

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The shoes took 2 weeks to create, almost completely by hand. “These were more difficult to make than a sample, because they are original and exclusive for a special event and special person”, said factory owner, Lorenzo Valsecchi.

Lorenzo & his team of artists documented each step of the shoe-making process, demonstrating the care and patience that goes into making a one-of-a-kind care.  

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“Celine knows the importance of a great pair of shoes, how they change the way you stand and carry yourself. She recently wore a pair of my Tori sandals at an appearance and loved the way they looked and felt. The sturdy straightness of the heel, the cut of the sandal, but most of all she loved the dangling jewelry piece. I loved how the crystals moved in coordination with her gown on the carpet. It was a show-stopping moment”, said Gosselin.

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*Factory photos by Barbara Schirru