Katy Perry was the co-chair of this year’s Met Gala Ball. As such, the pressure was on for the star to come up with a look that was striking, on theme and would be talked about.
She did that and then some by wearing a stunning avant garde creation by Maison Margiela to the event, which was themed around the works of Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo and Commes de Garcons.
The flowing, crimson gown was made from a “red décortiqué embroidered wool coat layered over a red tulle and silk chiffon dress with embroidered satin ribbon embellishment.” She paired it with a red tulle veil, with the word ‘Witness’ embroidered across the forehead, a chrome headpiece, and Japanese Tabi boots.
Katy Perry in Vogue Magazine’s Instagram booth. pic.twitter.com/ZEtce9QAJH
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) May 2, 2017
There has been some speculation over whether ‘Witness’ will be the name of her new album or not. There has also been a lot of talk about her choice of designer, as the man who made the creation is John Galliano.
The look marks one of Galliano’s most high profile works since he returned to the fashion industry to become creative director of Maison Margiela in 2014. In 2011, he was dramatically sacked by Christian Dior after he was filmed giving an anti-semitic rant in a café in Paris that February.
He was found guilty of “public insults based on origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity” in a Parisian court in a one day trial in June the same year. The offence can carry a sentence of up to six months in jail, but Galliano was instead ordered to pay a fine. He told the court they were not values he held or believed in, and blamed his addiction to Valium, sleeping pills and alcohol for his behaviour.
Most fashion insiders – including long-time supporter, US Vogue editor Anna Wintour – welcomed Galliano back with open arms. But the general public aren’t so quick to forget his actions, and made their feelings known about Perry’s collaboration with the designer on Twitter:
— Mitchell Turner (@MitchellFierce) May 2, 2017
Katy Perry wearing an anti-semitic designer…not a great week for her
— Jon McQueen (@JonMcQueen) May 2, 2017
I have a lot of questions about what Katy Perry is doing with her life right now
— p(hoe)be x (@phoebe_greenx) May 2, 2017
What’s worse, is that she did it following criticism over a joke she told about Obama over that spectacularly backfired.
“Someone says, ‘I miss your old black hair,'” Perry, who recently dyed her hair blonde and cut it all off, said. “Oh, really? Do you miss Barack Obama as well? Oh, OK. Times change. Bye! See you guys later.”
Some have criticised the comment for being racially inappropriate. Others just confused as to what she’s actually on about in the first place.
Perry has thus far ignored the backlash and will probably continue to do so. So don’t hold your breath on this one.