In keeping with the Camp theme, last night’s Met Gala played host to a plethora of fantastic, over-the-top fashions. Actress Laverne Cox clearly got the memo, hitting the pink carpet in a sculptural gown that was custom made by Christian Siriano. “Camp for me is a self-referential art form. It comments on itself,” said Cox, who attended the ball for the first time this year. “Camp employs an invisible wink, a kind of pastiche with tongue firmly planted in cheek. . . As Philip Core proclaims in the title of his 1984 book, ‘camp is the lie that tells the truth.’”
Specifically, she wanted to work with Siriano on a dress that recalled the new look that Cristóbal Balenciaga pioneered in the 1950s and 1960s (all about exaggerated shapes, his cocoon-shaped coats being one of his most popular designs). She was also inspired by the fabulously-theatrical runway shows John Galliano created while at Christian Dior in the 1990s. To bring her vision to life, Siriano crafted the architectural dress out of silk organza, metallic brocade, and Swarovski crystals. He made use of more than 200 ruffles that were hand-stitched onto the form. Six people worked on it at a time, and it was finished in less than two days.
“We wanted to have fun and display Laverne’s interpretation of camp,” added Christina Pacelli, her stylist. “I considered runway and couture looks with color pops and tulle from designers across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. We decided to move ahead with [Siriano’s] all-black design to let the details make the statement.”
Cox accessorized with a headpiece by artist Rinaldy Yunardi from Jakarta, Indonesia, black and white diamonds by jewelers Anabela Chan and Le Vian, and custom shoes by Kenneth Cole. She described her beauty look as “if Norma Desmond and Daphne Guinness had a baby in 2050.” The result was icy-blue hair pulled back, a smokey blue eye and bold lip with a slight metallic accent, achieved with the help of hair-stylist Kiyah Wright and makeup artist Deja Smith.
Above, see Cox as she got ready for the Met.
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