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The most drastic measures celebrities have taken to wear daring fashion at the Met Gala

Amanda Krause   

The most drastic measures celebrities have taken to wear daring fashion at the Met Gala
Zendaya attends the 2018 Met Gala.Neilson Barnard/Getty Images
  • Celebrity fashion is always bold and memorable at the annual Met Gala.
  • But sometimes, stars take drastic measures to wear such standout outfits.

Beyoncé had garments tailored and hand-dyed while she rehearsed for a concert on the day of the 2012 Met Gala.

Beyoncé had garments tailored and hand-dyed while she rehearsed for a concert on the day of the 2012 Met Gala.
Beyoncé attends the 2012 Met Gala.      Larry Busacca/Getty Images

Her Givenchy gown designed by Riccardo Tisci had a sheer, form-fitting bodice embellished with dark crystals and lace. It also had a long train covered in purple and black feathers.

Her former stylist Ty Hunter told Business Insider that the dress was originally made for Beyoncé to wear to another event. But when she suddenly decided to attend the Met Gala, they changed their plans.

"I was like, 'Meet us at the stadium. Bring a tailor and we'll see if it works. If it does, she's going. If not, she's not going,'" Hunter said to the Givenchy team at the time.

He also had to use Rit dye to stain the bodysuit she wore underneath so that it matched her skin tone.

"While she rehearsed, I would run up and put it up to her skin to see if it was matching. It was a whole process," he said.

Zendaya said she "really struggled" to wear a suit of armor at the 2018 event.

Zendaya said she "really struggled" to wear a suit of armor at the 2018 event.
Zendaya attends the 2018 Met Gala.      Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

In an episode of Vogue's "Life in Looks" YouTube series, Zendaya described her Versace chainmail gown as one of her "all-time favorite Met looks."

But the silver piece took a lot of effort to wear. When Zendaya first tried it on the day before the event, she said her first thought was "wow."

"It was so heavy because of the beading, but it was so beautifully constructed, and it's Versace," she told Vogue. "Typically, I can handle a night out with my heels and everything. I've worn heels for a long time. But I don't know. It was something about a mixture of wearing these platforms and the heaviness of my dress. I was struggling. I was like, 'I need to sit down.'"

"But it was all worth it," she added.

After all, Zendaya is now a style icon who has business deals with brands like Bulgari and Louis Vuitton. Her fashion risks have, in fact, paid off.

To wear her form-fitting dress in 2019, Kim Kardashian took corset-breathing lessons and didn't go to the bathroom during the event.

To wear her form-fitting dress in 2019, Kim Kardashian took corset-breathing lessons and didn
Kim Kardashian attends the 2019 Met Gala.      Doug Peters/STAR MAX/IPx/AP

Designed by Thierry Mugler, her button-up dress was made to look as if it was dripping wet. It hugged her body, matched her skin tone, and had crystals hanging from top to bottom that mirrored water droplets.

In a video for Vogue released after the Met Gala, Kardashian said she couldn't sit or go to the bathroom while wearing the dress because it was so tight.

She also said in an Instagram post that she had to take "corset breathing lessons" ahead of the event.

That same year, Harry Styles pierced one ear so he could accessorize his sheer outfit.

That same year, Harry Styles pierced one ear so he could accessorize his sheer outfit.
Harry Styles attends the 2019 Met Gala.      Charles Sykes/AP Images

His stylist Harry Lambert told British Vogue at the time that Styles' single pearl earring was "the perfect final touch for the outfit."

Lambert had been browsing Gucci's website days before traveling to New York for the Met Gala, he told the publication, when he noticed the earrings.

"Harry and I have discussed previously piercing his ears, and this was the perfect time," he said. "I texted him and he replied, saying, 'Let's do it.'"

In 2021, Simone Biles carried 88 pounds up the Met Gala stairs in the form of a crystal-covered gown.

In 2021, Simone Biles carried 88 pounds up the Met Gala stairs in the form of a crystal-covered gown.
Simone Biles attends the 2021 Met Gala.      Taylor Hill/Getty Images

The strapless dress, designed by Area for Athleta, was white with a plunging neckline and structured hip pieces that complemented its long train. Biles also wore a sparkling black bodysuit underneath.

"How do I feel in the dress? It's definitely heavy, but I feel beautiful, strong, and empowered," the Olympian told Vogue ahead of the event.

Kim Kardashian covered her face for the same red carpet, making it difficult to see everyone around her.

Kim Kardashian covered her face for the same red carpet, making it difficult to see everyone around her.
Kim Kardashian attends the 2021 Met Gala.      Mike Coppola/Getty Images

As memes started to circulate following Kardashian's appearance on the red carpet, she explained on her Instagram story that she couldn't see her sisters and other people next to her while wearing the outfit.

"Kendall was calling my name and I couldn't see who it was, but I saw the outline of her sparkly dress," she said in a video at the time.

Kardashian later told Vogue that she "fought against" the mask and asked the Balenciaga team: "Why would I want to cover my face?"

Kendall Jenner peed in an ice bucket on her way to the 2022 red carpet, which she said was the "best decision."

Kendall Jenner peed in an ice bucket on her way to the 2022 red carpet, which she said was the "best decision."
Kendall Jenner attends the 2022 Met Gala.      John Shearer / Contributor / Getty Images

Jenner's preparation for the 2022 event was documented in an episode of "The Kardashians."

She said her skirt was so heavy that wearing it made her feel "out of breath," and she realized in the car on the way to the red carpet that she needed to go to the bathroom.

"That is so mortifying for whoever has to deal with my pee later," she said when someone suggested she use the van's ice bucket. "I'm so sorry."

She also requested music so no one could hear her go to the bathroom.

Bella Hadid was also in attendance that year. She said her Burberry corset and the high-stress environment contributed to her anxiety on the red carpet.

Bella Hadid was also in attendance that year. She said her Burberry corset and the high-stress environment contributed to her anxiety on the red carpet.
Bella Hadid attends the 2022 Met Gala.      Taylor Hill/Getty Images

She first told Interview Magazine that she didn't spend much time on the red carpet because she "like, blacked out."

"I don't know if that was my anxiety, or maybe the waist was giving cinch and I couldn't breathe. I mean, there were probably a lot of things happening," she said.

But in an Instagram story shared after the interview was published, Hadid clarified that she didn't faint.

"I want to make something very clear...This is not at all what I (meant to) say," she wrote in a post. "I didn't say I blacked out because of my corset. I joked that I blacked out, not because of my corset, but from the regular anxieties and excitement of the carpet. I meant more like it goes by in a flash. So quickly that ya barely remember it! I should have said that."

She also said her corset was comfortable, writing: "Corsets in general are pretty uncomfortable/hard on the lungs but my corset fit perfectly with enough room to eat and drink!!"

Kourtney Kardashian was sewn into her skirt for her first Met Gala appearance.

Kourtney Kardashian was sewn into her skirt for her first Met Gala appearance.
Travis Barker and Kourtney Kardashian attend the 2022 Met Gala.      John Shearer / Contributor / Getty Images

Her Thom Browne outfit included a long skirt, which was crafted from tan gauze up top and a pleated black fabric on the bottom.

On her blog Poosh, Kardashian said she and her team traveled to the gala in a sprinter van and continued to prepare until they arrived.

"I had to stand up the few blocks to the gala, as my skirt was being sewn on me during the whole ride," she wrote. "The Thom Browne team had to finish sewing up a few details on my skirt, and they literally sewed until the moment I had to step out onto the carpet."

Kim Kardashian lost 16 pounds and had her mom call a museum to wear one of Marilyn Monroe's famous gowns at the 2022 gala.

Kim Kardashian lost 16 pounds and had her mom call a museum to wear one of Marilyn Monroe
Kim Kardashian attends the 2022 Met Gala.      Angela Weiss/Getty Images

Kardashian wore Marilyn Monroe's sparkle-covered, nude-illusion gown that the late actor wore to sing "Happy Birthday" to John F. Kennedy in 1962.

She revealed to Vogue that she lost 16 pounds in three weeks to fit into the dress and said in a later episode of "The Kardashians" that her mom Kris Jenner convinced Ripley's to let her try it on.


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