Poppy Delevingne in Paolo Sebastian

Couture label Paolo Sebastian is a favourite on the runway and on the red carpet and last night at the star-studded NGV Gala in Melbourne the South Australian designer, Paul Vasileff, didn’t disappoint. The Gala’s major sponsor, American Express, partnered with the renowned couture label to create a bespoke design for international style icon Poppy Delevingne. We caught up with Paul on the eve of the event to find out more…

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 01: Poppy Delevingne with Paul Vasileff, Designer and Founder of Paolo Sebastian, who created a bespoke gown for the actress and international model, inspired by the American Express Platinum Card attend the NGV Gala on December 01, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images for American Express)

You’ve designed dresses for A-list celebrities the world over. What was it like creating this gown for Poppy Delevingne?

It is such an honour to create a bespoke couture gown for the incomparable Poppy Delevingne. She is such an accomplished actress and model with a huge presence in the international fashion industry. Poppy is the ultimate muse. I can’t wait for her to step onto the red carpet and for everyone to see what we have created.

Drawing inspiration from the American Express Platinum Card, can you describe the process of creating this piece?

Taking inspiration from the American Express Platinum Card, I really wanted to highlight the platinum undertone and design something that is both strong and luxurious. The final design is a one-shoulder platinum gown with side overskirt. The gown is adorned with bespoke beaded peacock feather embroidery. Like every Paolo Sebastian piece, there is so much consideration taken for every detail. The beads chosen for Poppy’s gown are shaped in a way to reflect as much light as possible, creating the beautiful sparkle.
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Having had your designs showcased at numerous events including the Met Gala, Golden Globes and Grammys must be surreal. How does it feel when you’re approached by different personalities and have you ever had a pinch-yourself moment?

It was such an honour to be approached by American Express to create a custom gown for the NGV Gala. To have your work recognised by a global company like American Express is such a privilege and in itself a huge ‘pinch me moment’. I’ve been fortunate enough to have a few pinch me moments. But to be honest, whenever someone chooses to wear Paolo Sebastian it is an incredible moment for my team and me because it means that people believe in the brand and our work.
 MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 01: Poppy Delevingne, actress and international model, attends the NGV Gala wearing a bespoke gown created by Paolo Sebastian, inspired by the American Express Platinum Card on December 01, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images for American Express)