Margot Robbie's Waist-High-Slit Gown Was the Talk of the Recent Babylon Premiere


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There are two concepts capable of taking a red carpet look from good to great: vintage and customization. And for her latest appearance, Margot Robbie said, "Let's do both." For the Sydney premiere of her new film Babylon, Robbie worked with her longtime stylist Kate Young to not only bring an iconic dress out of the archives but to also make it her own with custom touches. The result? One of the year's most interesting red carpet moments yet. 

Specifically, Robbie's dress for the event was inspired by one from Versace's spring 1995 haute couture collection that featured a corset-like bodice in ice-blue fabric, a draped waist, and a slinky floor-length skirt with a slit going all the way up. The same one was famously worn by supermodel Carla Bruni, who styled the dress with matching satin pumps to attend an after party for the Italian house's show.


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WHO: Carla Bruni

WHAT: Versace spring haute couture show, 1995

WEAR: Versace dress and shoes


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Adding her own spin to the dress, Robbie had red lace stitched to the outer edges of the slit and skirt, a change that opposed the monochromatic styling used on the runway and by Bruni. While some people online have disagreed with the actress's decision to edit the already-perfect gown, no one can deny how gorgeous Robbie looked in it. See her updated version of the vintage Versace dress from Monday night's premiere below. 


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WHO: Margot Robbie

WHAT: Sydney premiere of Babylon

WEAR: Versace gown


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Eliza Huber is a New York City–based fashion editor who specializes in trend reporting, brand discovery, and celebrity style. She joined Who What Wear in 2021 after almost four years on the fashion editorial team at Refinery29, the job she took after graduating with a marketing degree from the University of Iowa. She has since launched two monthly columns, Let's Get a Room and Ways to Wear; profiled the likes of Dakota Fanning, Diane Kruger, Katie Holmes, and Sabrina Carpenter for WWW's monthly cover features; and reported on everything from the relationship between Formula One and fashion to the top trends from fashion month, season after season. Eliza now lives on the Upper West Side and spends her free time researching F1 fashion imagery for her side Instagram accounts @thepinnacleoffashion and @f1paddockfits, running in Central Park, and scouring eBay for '90s Prada and '80s Yves Saint Laurent.