RED CARPET STYLE
Revered designer Roland Mouret has always celebrated the female form
Meet the dress that looks amazing on every woman
Few womenswear designers can say they’ve dedicated their life’s work to making women feel empowered like Roland Mouret has. The proof is in the commanding group of Hollywood elite—Jessica Alba, Kate Winslet and Laverne Cox among them—who have donned his gowns on some of the most noteworthy red carpets. “I’ve discovered that listening to and accepting femininity allowed me to be creative in my work,” says the 55-year- old French designer. One dress in particular—the epically named Galaxy— has earned praise since its runway debut more than 10 years ago. The cap-sleeved dress with a nipped-in waist has epitomized the female spirit and is the piece Mouret says he is most proud of creating. “Every time a woman wears that dress, regardless of her shape or size, she commands respect,” he says. “I’m so happy that this dress exists because it’s bigger than me.”
Here, we asked Mouret to give us the inside scoop on his most iconic red carpet looks and the women who wore them.
Victoria Beckham at the Met Gala, 2006 “That dress was a sample! She wanted to have something to show off, so she bought it. I actually haven’t done that shape since.” Halle Berry at Variety’s Power of Women party, 2012 “This woman has strength and shows that every woman can be what she wants to. That’s what the Galaxy dress takes you to.” Maggie Gyllenhaal at the Met Gala, 2015 “Maggie represents the universal woman. She has that 1930s elegance, and this dress was so specifically what she wanted. Her shoes were killing her, so I said, ‘Go barefoot! That dress will carry it. You can carry it.’”