Why Rihanna Almost Didn't Wear Her Show-Stopping Met Gala Dress
We need you to take your eyes away from Rihanna‘s just-released NSFW music video, “Bitch Better Have My Money,” just for a second. Because her famous Met Gala dress is also making headlines. Why? Because the designer, Chinese couturier Guo Pei, didn’t want her to wear the canary yellow gown and fur-trim cape that sent the Internet into a meme-frenzy.
The singer arrived fashionably late to the red carpet wearing the intricate design that required the assistance of three people to help her up the famous Met steps. The look weighed 55 lbs. (thanks to the statement train-slash-cape) and according to
Women’s Wear Daily
, took Pei two years to make.
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And, of course, it ended up being the most talked-about style moment (really, people were comparing it to pizza, Big Bird, scrambled eggs and more) at the star-studded event. But Pei said she was surprised the look got so much attention. “I actually didn’t think the dress was the right one for her,” she told
. “I thought it would be too heavy and too hot, but she was so touched the moment she put it on.”
Before collaborating on the design with Rihanna, Pei was relatively unknown in the West, but is working on expanding her business internationally, with an exhibit this month at Paris’ Musée des Arts Décoratifs. She also recently launched a Parisian boutique that caters to Western tastes.
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Rihanna is also expanding her fashion design chops with an accessories line called $CHOOL KIlls set to feature bags and purses with a launch date still TBD.
What do you think of the Pei’s comments? Do you think the dress was a good choice for Rihanna? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
— Colleen Kratofil