Designer says only Fan Bingbing and Gong Li met the fashion criteria for the Met Gala
You've seen Fan Bingbing's stunning golden gown for the recent 2015 Met Gala. What did Gong Li wear? According to Taiwanese fashion designer Goji Lin, the only Chinese stars who met the fashion criteria were Fan Bingbing and Gong Li. Let's take a closer look at the two beauties and their gowns.
Although the theme was Chinese inspired, many of the visiting Chinese celebrities actually wore Western-style designs. Taiwanese designer Goji Lin says they failed the grade. He claims only Gong Li and Fan Bingbing successfully met the criteria in styles befitting the theme of “China: Through the Looking Glass."
Fan Bingbing met the dress code with a gold sequin ensemble by Christopher Bu, inspired by Beijing's Forbidden City. Lin said that Fan looked as if she just stepped off the set of her hit drama The Empress of China, where she reportedly had more than 260 hand-made fabulous costumes. Indeed, Fan shined like the queen on gala night wearing her golden dress paired with a regal cape.
Now take a look at Gong Li's dress.
Long before Fan Bingbing rose in fame, Gong Li reigned as the first Chinese film actress to reach international fame. She has won many Best Actress awards for her film roles, and she's been seen in many glamorous outfits on the red carpet. She was also co-chair for the 2015 Met Gala.
On gala night, Gong Li wore a modified dark violet qipao (pronounced Chi Pao) designed by Roberto Cavalli. A traditional qipao with its high Mandarin collar and tight form-fitting style is considered one of the most difficult dress styles to wear successfully, even for a well-known beauty. The Cavalli design uses intricate black lace around Gong Li's neck and shoulders, evoking the flair of a Mandarin collar. The dress looks conservative from the front but is stunning when the back is revealed to show the alluring lace reaching the lower back and emblazoned with Chinese-themed embroidery. It looks all-together sensual on the statuesque and poised Gong Li.
Designer Goji Lin says Gong Li's dress combines all the latest sexy trends of "see-through," "fitted," and "curves," while showing off her elegance. Even more stunning is that Gong Li is 49 years old and will turn 50 on December 31 this year. Many younger Chinese women wouldn't even dare get into a qipao unless they are confident in showing their figure.