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It's hard to stand out in a sea of celebrities wearing their most extravagant odes to American fashion, but at the Met Gala tonight, Iman stole the show.
The iconic supermodel walked the red carpet in an otherworldly custom brocade Dolce & Gabbana jumpsuit paired with a tiered, feathered overskirt and bespoke matching headpiece designed in collaboration with British-American designer Harris Reed. From the strapless bodice and palazzo pants to the tiered, metallic-brushed overskirt, the look was all things red carpet gold—from the drama of the silhouette to the jaw-dropping accessories.
While Dolce & Gabbana is no stranger to the red carpet or the runway, particularly after their incredible Alta Moda show in Venice prior to fashion week, Reed is a fresh face on the American fashion scene. For this collaboration, Reed was inspired by ballroom culture in America's golden age, with an aesthetic described as "romanticism gone nonbinary." in the label's brand statement. The designer escorted Iman up the stairs of the museum in an all-white suit with a matching (yet slightly smaller) headdress.
Reed's statement also expresses that fashion has a responsibility "to spark conversation in relation to the injustices that are happening within society today." Iman, who famously faced down institutional racism as a model and founded a line of cosmetics for women of color in 1994, seemed the perfect fit to join the two brands in a collaborative, red carpet statement. Technically, she has now retired from the fashion industry, but in January she opened up to Harper's Bazaar about her future plans.
"Don’t count me out yet!" she said. "I am a Somali woman by nature. That means we are nomads. We’re in constant movement. When the world comes back to normal and I start traveling, I'll think about what’s next."
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