For the 2023 Met Gala, Nicole Kidman recycled her own iconic dress from 2004

We love a sustainable red carpet moment.

Nicole Kidman rewears 2004 Chanel dress to 2023 Met Gala
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The 2023 Met Gala was a homage to late Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld, and despite the fact the designer famously disliked any form of retrospective, the red carpet was a decidedly nostalgic affair. 

While many celebrities donned dresses from previous Chanel runways—we're talking, Dua Lipa in a bridal gown from Fall/Winter 1992 and Margot Robbie in a recreation of a 1993 couture dress—Nicole Kidman opted to pay tribute to the past in a slightly different way, by rewearing a dress she has originally sported in 2004. 

Nicole Kidman rewears 2004 Chanel dress to 2023 Met Gala

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In the early noughties, Kidman was revealed as the new brand ambassador and face of Chanel No.5 and subsequently created an ad for the iconic perfume, which was directed by Moulin Rouge's Baz Luhrmann. 

In the ad, Kidman plays a starlet attempting to hide from her fame and falls in love with a young man who is unaware of her notoriety. (Fun fact: Kidman's love interest in the ad is played by Rodrigo Santoro, who you might recognise from Love Actually.

The opening scene sees Kidman fleeing from photographers dressed in a pale pink gown, adorned with feathers. The cinematic ad and more specifically, Kidman's dress became instantly iconic. 


Now, almost 20 years later Kidman has chosen to wear the gown again, and honestly, it could not have come at a more appropriate time. Designed by Lagerfeld himself, recycling the iconic gown was the perfect way to pay tribute to the late designer, and also reminds us that red carpet events can still be sustainable. 

Nicole Kidman rewears 2004 Chanel dress to 2023 Met Gala

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While historically, it may have been considered a fashion 'faux pas' to rewear a garment on the red carpet, the tide has certainly changed in recent years with many celebrities proving that it is chic to repeat.

Kate Winslet rewore a 2015 Badgley Mischka dress to last year's Avatar 2 premiere, while Cate Blanchett has made a habit of rewearing dresses on the red carpet lately. The Australian actress recycled a 2020 Alexander McQueen dress from the Venice Film Festival, at last year's Governors Awards, and earlier this year sported a Maison Margiela gown at the BAFTAs which she originally wore to the 2015 Oscars.

Given the wear-once notion of red carpets past, we can only hope this sustainable trend continues.

Zoe Anastasiou
Fashion Editor

Zoe Anastasiou is a Fashion Editor with over eight years of experience working across digital publications in New York, London and Australia. She has contributed to publications including Harper’s BAZAAR and ELLE Australia, and was the Fashion and Social Media Editor at Who What Wear UK before joining Marie Claire.