Meet Mona Patel, Gujarat-Born Fashion Tycoon, Whose Mechanical Dress Stole The Show At Met Gala 2024

Mona Patel, the Met Gala debutant, stole the show in her 'mechanical dress'. Here's everything you need to know about the Gujarat-born fashion entrepreneur.


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Meet Mona Patel, Gujarat-Born Fashion Tycoon, Whose Mechanical Dress Stole The Show At Met Gala 2024

Met Gala, the biggest night in fashion, was organised by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on May 6, 2024. Scores of celebrities from all around the world attended this fashion extravaganza in their most over-the-top outfits based on the theme of this year’s edition. While everyone tried to put their best fashion foot forward, it was Alia Bhatt, Isha Ambani, Natasha Poonawalla and Mona Patel, who completely stole the show.

Alia opted for a Sabyasachi mint green sheer tulle saree and resembled a desi princess in full glam. Meanwhile, Isha wore a hand-embroidered couture sari gown from Indian designer, Rahul Mishra for the Met Gala 2024. However, she reportedly did not attend the red carpet. Natasha looked unrecognisable in a custom ensemble from Maison Margiela's Artisanal Collection. Moreover, Mona took everyone’s breath away in a stunning mechanical butterfly dress.

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Mona Patel, the debutant at the Met Gala 2020, stunned in her mechanical butterflies dress

Mona Patel debuted on the prestigious Met Gala carpet this year, and her opulent ensemble surely made some noise in the fashion fraternity. She wore a custom-made Iris Van Herpen kinetic floor-length sculpted gown featuring a butterfly-shaped corset and scalloped train. The highlight of her dress was the mechanical butterflies on her sleeves, which even flapped. Mona’s dress was in sync with the gala’s theme, “The Garden of Time,” and it brought the inanimate theme to life. She opted for minimal glossy makeup with chunky diamond earrings and a low bun hairdo to complement her magical look. 

Courtesy: Mona's IG

Gujarat-born Mona Patel settled in the US in 2003

Mona Patel, the first-timer at the Met Gala, became the ultimate showstopper of the event, and you might be wondering who this beautiful woman is. Well, according to Vogue, this Indian fashion entrepreneur hails from Vadodara, Gujarat. She moved to the US at a very young age as she wanted to pursue her dreams of becoming an entrepreneur. Mona started her journey at Rutgers University and finally settled in the country in 2003. 

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Mona Patel’s non-profit organisation, Couture For Cause

Over the years, with hard work and strong determination, Mona has built a million-dollar empire that spans several businesses. Moreover, it is Mona’s brainchild, Couture For Cause, a non-profit organisation that combines her love for all things fashion with her philanthropic pursuits to support various causes. During an interview with the fashion magazine, Mona talked about her Met Gala debut and said:

“I wanted my debut look to be something that celebrates my heritage and also combines my love couture, and when I heard of the theme, Iris Van Herpen seemed like the obvious choice.”

Mona Patel travelled to India with stylist, Law Roach to bring her vision to life for Met Gala 2024

According to the same report, Mona, along with the immensely popular celebrity stylist Law Roach, took a trip to India to weave together the building blocks of the outfit that they had in mind. Iris Van Herpen’s team put together Mona's iconic dress in India.

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