Ariana Rockefeller wore her grandmother’s dress at the 2022 Met Gala

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Ariana Rockefeller, the 39-year-old great-great-granddaughter of Standard Oil founder John D. Rockefeller, attended Monday night’s Met Gala in a look very appropriate for the “gold glamour” dress code.

The model wore a vintage Elizabeth Arden dress that was originally made for her grandmother, Peggy Rockefeller, in 1954.

Though best known for her eponymous beauty line, Arden also designed ready-to-wear and couture clothing, even hiring Charles James, whose work was honored as the theme of the 2014 Met Gala.

Designer Christy Rilling remodeled the piece, which was created by Ferdinando Sarmi, by cleaning and restoring the fabric, redraping the bodice and remaking the crinolines, according to a press release.

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Designer Christy Rilling reworked the dress to update the bodice and refresh the fabric.
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“This year is about celebrating the talents and legacies of American designers and how those talents shaped American style,” Rockefeller said of the theme “In America: A Fashion Anthology.”

“Reviving this 70-year-old garment has been a fun and sustainable way to engage with this year’s Met Gala theme. I feel like the luckiest girl to have this opportunity to wear this beautiful piece of my family’s history for the Costume Institute Benefit,” she added.

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Elizabeth Arden’s dress has been preserved for the last four years in the Rockefeller closet.
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Rockefeller accessorized the look with heirloom jewelry and a restored 1920s handbag that belonged to her great-grandmother, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller.

Rilling also covered a pair of the socialite’s favorite heels with the dress’s fabric to complete the sustainable style statement.

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