Asian Persuasion at the Met Gala

The Met Gala has come and passed, and with that, has left us with a slew of ridiculous memes of Rihanna’s omelette-like couture gown.

Now most of you might not be huge fans but hear me out – each year, the gala is centred around a theme. This year’s theme was “China: Through the Looking Glass” and while fashion is all about expression, racist interpretations of the theme were expected, and ultimately found its way to the red carpet come Monday.


The Met Gala left a sour taste in quite a few mouths with multiple celebs arriving in JAPANESE inspired garb and a general old-world stereotypical interpretation of Chinese and Asian culture in general.

Fashion is rooted in culture, and while the west had predominantly paved the way for developments in all fields, fashion aside, Asia has and continues to prove itself a fresh hub brimming with breath taking cultural influences. Take the Alexander McQueen SS 2015 line that had been inspired by antique kimonos, it paid homage to the Japanese culture it was born from with exquisite detail and delicious edge of modern day fashion house.


Cue Rihanna in this gorgeous embroidered imperial yellow gown with fur trim from Beijing based designer, Guo Pei. Imperial yellow is often associated with royalty – and yes Rihanna is. Not only was she one of the few attendees to actually wear a gown from a Chinese designer; she wore this behemoth of a gown, instead of letting it wear her. She let the make up take a back seat with an elegantly muted look; while topping everything off with her swirled metallic head piece.


She respected the culture, the designer’s work, and she brought the Riri head turning fabulousness that we all know and love. She came, she saw, she slayed.

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  1. I like your post, Rihanna was amazing at the met gala. Her dress was incredible and as you said respected the asian culture x x x x

    Ginie Hannah

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