Katy Perry always embraces the Met Gala’s themes with gusto. As music’s queen of kitsch, she lives to interpret an offbeat concept and her frequent collaborations with Moschino designer Jeremy Scott have yielded some of the wildest Met fashion moments in recent memory. Still, she may have outdone herself this year by arriving on the carpet dressed as a giant crystal chandelier complete with glowing lights. The over-the-top outfit had onlookers reaching for their iPhones in an attempt to capture what could be the night’s most unexpected look.
For its creator, the decision to light up the carpet quite literally was an obvious one. “Who has ever been to a ball that did not have a chandelier?!,” shared Scott. “The idea of elegance itself is quite camp and I wanted to play with that concept, poke a lil fun at it with a loving nudge.”
As one can imagine, bringing this radical idea to life required serious skill. “The look is extremely complicated, perhaps my most complicated creation to date!” said Scott whose team spent 6 weeks painstakingly placing thousands of Swarovski crystals onto the dress before hanging actual chandelier pieces from the Swarovski’s lighting branch for added authenticity.
All the effort would have been in vain if Perry’s look didn’t have a final touch of magic: a working light fixture beneath the layers of sparkle. “There is a built-in corset consisting of 18 steel bones and two hidden battery packs to illuminate the lights,” said Scott, “I mean who wants to wear a chandelier that doesn’t light up!”