Jon Batiste Enchants at the Met Gala 2024 in Custom Dunhill and Cartier Jewels

May 7, 2024

The Met Gala 2024 witnessed a fairytale moment as American musician Jon Batiste graced the red carpet in a captivating custom ensemble by British luxury menswear House, dunhill. The theme, "The Garden of Time," inspired by the Costume Institute's new exhibition, "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion," set the stage for a mesmerizing display of fashion history and contemporary elegance.

Jon Batiste attends The 2024 Met Gala Celebrating "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)

Batiste, known for his playful approach to fashion and inherent sense of personal style, embodied the essence of the modern dunhill man in a midnight blue wool barathea single-breasted evening jacket with a peak lapel, paired with darted front evening trousers. The centerpiece of his ensemble was an enchanting 18th-century floral Spitalfields silk jacquard halterneck waistcoat, paying homage to the innovative textile designer Anna Maria Garthwaite, whose work is featured in the Costume Institute's permanent collection.

dunhill Creative Director Simon Holloway drew inspiration from the pastoral work of Thomas Gainsborough and the fairytale-like aesthetics of Count Axel when conceptualizing Batiste's neo-aristocratic look. The fusion of the decorative waistcoat with the rigorously tailored, traditionally dunhillian midnight barathea evening suit created a striking interplay of masculine elegance and graceful design.

Jon Batiste attends The 2024 Met Gala Celebrating "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue)

Elevating the ensemble to new heights, Batiste adorned himself with a selection of breathtaking Cartier jewels, including a 1928 platinum and diamond brooch from the Cartier Collection, a stunning Cartier High Jewellery necklace in platinum with yellow and white diamonds, a classic Cartier Tank Normale watch in 18K yellow gold, a Trinity de Cartier cushion ring in 18K yellow, white, and rose gold with diamonds, and a Cartier Love ring in 18K yellow gold with diamonds.

Holloway praised Batiste, stating, "It has been a privilege to dress Jon for this special occasion, an incredibly talented artist with an inherent sense of personal style. His playful approach to fashion, particularly tailoring, reflects the House's own sense of hedonism – he is the embodiment of the modern dunhill man: confident, erudite and elegant."

As a multi-talented artist, Batiste's accomplishments span across music, television, and activism. The five-time Grammy Award winner is known for his genre-bending performances, his role as the bandleader and musical director on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," and his dedication to music education and social justice initiatives.

Jon Batiste's enchanting appearance at the Met Gala 2024 in custom dunhill and Cartier jewels showcased the perfect harmony of fashion history, contemporary design, and individual style, solidifying his status as a true fashion icon and a visionary in the world of music and entertainment.