“I love gold,” Megan Thee Stallion mentioned on Saturday night time, sitting in a make-up chair someplace in Memphis, preparing for a competition efficiency — a very good factor, too, contemplating that 48 hours later, in New York, the rapper would attend her second Met Gala drenched within the stuff.
When she arrived on the Met on Monday, gold slid down her physique in sequins and beads. It clung to her curves besides the place revealing cutouts swooped alongside her ribs, waist and thighs. Strapless with a prepare, the robe was designed by Jeremy Scott, the inventive director of Moschino.
Weeks in the past, when Megan Thee Stallion first spoke to Mr. Scott about her desired look, she informed him: “I need pores and skin and I need gold and I simply need it to be horny. The one factor I actually, actually, actually, really need is my second on the steps.”
That second has develop into a Met Gala custom — and de facto competitors — pioneered within the final decade by showstopping friends like Beyoncé (beginning in 2012, with a fluffy purple Givenchy prepare), and Rihanna (who in 2015 rode in a particular stretch limo that would accommodate her 16-foot fur-trimmed yellow prepare). Final fall, greater than two dozen friends arrived with trains cascading down the steps.
Megan Thee Stallion’s prepare this 12 months? “Heavy as hell,” she mentioned. However in any other case, the rapper selected to not stray removed from her signature, form-fitting, bombshell fashion. On the final Met Gala, she referred to as her Previous Hollywood-inspired look “Megan Monroe.”
“I really feel my most assured in this kind of silhouette,” she mentioned. “I really feel prefer it provides me the arrogance to go in entrance of all these individuals, in entrance of all these cameras, and actually kill it.”
Jeremy Scott mentioned he grew to become pleasant with Megan Thee Stallion after she wrote an op-ed for The New York Occasions in 2020 about talking up for Black ladies. The essay left Mr. Scott in tears, and he despatched flowers and a word.
“Meg was very, very attuned to her picture and the way she appears to be like and the way she needs to look,” he mentioned about planning for the gala.
The rapper’s robe was impressed by the intricate prospers and carved moldings of an old-money, Gilded Age mansion, mentioned Mr. Scott, who needed to mix “all her hottiness with a little bit of haughtiness as nicely.” Her cape is fabricated from items of gold leather-based, laser-cut to appear to be feathers.
“I simply see her as a queen, and I needed her to have this sort of mysticism,” he mentioned. “It’s neither ‘Sport of Thrones’ nor Queen Elizabeth, however capturing a word inside this sort of regalness nonetheless.”