Who’s That Girl?-------
The Costume Institute’s Prada/Schiaparelli exhibition is well on the way, which means only one thing: The annual Costume Institute Gala is coming soon, too. Designers scramble to snap up celebrity dates for one of fashion’s biggest nights, and competition is fierce. So far, only two pairings have been revealed. Joseph Altuzarra will be taking love-her-or-hate-her chanteuse Lana Del Rey, who has been an all but inescapable presence in the cultural conversation for months. (Is she authentic? Inauthentic? Can she sing? Does it matter?) This afternoon, it was revealed that Proenza Schouler will be taking Australian actress Isabel Lucas, to which the resounding response is…who?
If you haven’t heard much about Lucas yet, it’s likely that soon you will. The young actress is well-known in her native Australia, where she rose to fame on the soap Home and Away, but much farther under the radar in the U.S., despite roles in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Daybreakers, Ethan Hawke and Willem Dafoe’s grisly vampire flick. But Lucas has caught the eye of some of Hollywood’s most powerful and respected. Steven Spielberg cast her in his miniseries The Pacific in 2010, and she nabbed a key role in The Tree of Life director Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups, alongside Natalie Portman and Christian Bale. And though she may look new, Lucas is no stranger to the fashion scene—this isn’t even her first Met gala. She attended last year, finding her way onto several best-dressed lists, as a guest of Louis Vuitton.
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