Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen may be retired from the catwalk, but she returned making her final runway strut at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. The model, born and raised in Brazil, was welcomed back by an audience of 78,000 in Rio’s Maracanã Stadium. Her final look was a head to toe sequin gold gown, resembling nothing but an Olympic gold medal.
Bundchen’s dress was a sequined column dress designed by Brazilian designer Alexandre Herchcovitch. The high slit, low V and long sleeves created a sleek and utterly effortless look for the model to walk in. The fabric was a mesh, covered with bright golden sequins, double-sided, and embroidered horizontally.
According to the designer, it took nearly four months to design and create the now infamous dress for the Olympic games.
Herchcovitch told Vogue, “We talked a lot about how we wanted it to be. There were three tests, and finally the clothes were ready! The fabric has been specially developed for the occasion with some peculiarities, such as the fluidity in which the sequined embroidery would flow horizontally around her body. I didn’t want a conventional gold, but a color that was very similar to her hair tone and skin, a golden light.”
Bundchen had modeled for the Brazilian designer in the 90’s for his brand Zoomp, but nothing compares to the design she wore at the opening ceremony show.
As the opening to the Rio Olympics showed creativity and innovative aspects of Brazil, Gisele Bundchen got to shine in her own gold medal for one of her last runway walks.