Juliette Binoche Enchants in Balmain Gown Covered
in Preciosa Crystals at New York’s Annual Met Gala

Oscar-winning French actress shines at America’s fashion event of the year in more than one hundred thousand Bohemian crystal

No less than seven kilos of Preciosa crystals adorned Juliette Binoche’s jaw-dropping Met Gala gown by the iconic Parisian fashion house of Balmain. The richly embellished piece featured 700,000 authentically crafted Bohemian crystals, individually coated in “Starlight Gold,” which were then delicately applied by hand to the finest fabric.

Held every year on the first Monday in May, the Met Gala – formally known as The Costume Institute Benefit – is an annual fundraising event for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City, and likewise serves as the grand opening of the Institute’s major annual fashion exhibition. This year’s theme, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, explores the unique relationship between fashion and its influences on and taken from the Catholic Church throughout history.

“Witnessing our crystals go down the red carpet of the Met Gala on gown designed by such an iconic house as Balmain truly testifies to the fact that quality, heritage and local production are still very much sought after and appreciated within the fashion industry, and that the direction we are headed is the right one,” said Jan Štiller, Commercial Development Director for Preciosa Components.

Since its establishment in 1948, the Met Gala has grown in size, scope and profile, and serves as the main source of funding for the department, which is largely due to the involvement of Vogue’s editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, who has acted as the Chair of the event since 1995, making this year her twentieth.