When Kim Kardashian hit the red carpet in 2019, Met Gala met dressed in a “dripping wet” dress by Thierry Mugler that made her waist seem impossibly small, spectators were left with one important question: what is the matter with her body?
While some speculated that the reality star, 38, had ribs removed to pinch the gaze, the Kim Kardashian trainer said her supernatural figure was primarily due to good, old-fashioned exercise. “To make things clear,” wrote Melissa Alcantara in an Instagram story, “1. This dress is corseted BUT 2. Kim trains her ass 6 days a week, she wakes up with early AF and is committed.”
But as a new Vogue video reveals, Kim Kardashian’s was no ordinary corset. Made by the legendary Mr. Pearl – who frequently collaborates with Mugler and the burlesque superstar Dita Von Teese – had the star’s underwear strung so tightly that she had to stay upright all night.
“Okay, Anna, if I don’t eat, you know why,” Kim Kardashian said in the clip. “I’ll walk around, talk, but I can hardly sit. I can only sit half.”
The dress of the mobile float was covered with a brown layer of silicone to give it a wet look, and dripped from head to toe with small jewels. The look lasted eight months and Kardashian said that she and her husband Kanye West immediately thought of Manfred Thierry Mugler as soon as the gala Camp: Notes on Fashion theme was announced in October.
“He is like the king of the camp,” she explained. “He invented camp.” It seems that the feeling was mutual when Mugler retired to design his first design in 20 years for Kardashian.
“When Kim first contacted him, he certainly understood that she was next,” revealed designer Jean Baptiste. “The next Venus of beauty.”
While the founder of KKW Beauty stole the show on the red carpet, West deliberately chose a low-key outfit – black Dickies pants and a matching jacket – that would not attract attention. “This year I’m just your plus-one. You’re the cover and I’m your plus-one,” West told her. “So I’m just trying to fade into the background and just be your date and make you shine “
In addition to squeezing her tiny corset,Kim Kardashian said she was getting ready for the red carpet by getting three facials, a spray lance, a Korean body scrub, and more. “Literally every day, whatever beauty treatment you can think of, I have received,” she said.
It has clearly paid off.