Simone Biles

Simone Biles Image via Twitter @Simone_Biles

Simone Biles’s Met Gala gown took 100 people and 6 650 hours to make

Worth it’s weight in Swarovski crystals: Olympic gymnast Simone Biles stepped ‘outside her comfort zone’ in a three-in-one dress weighing 39kg at the Met Gala this week.

Simone Biles

Simone Biles Image via Twitter @Simone_Biles

“Which celebrity looked the best?” was the question on everybody’s lips at the prestigious Met Gala fashion event, in New York, on Monday 13 September.

One celebrity who certainly stood out from the crowd at the Metropolitan Museum of Art was Olympic gymnast Simone Biles. The 24-year-old Olympic gold medalist pulled out all the stops for her Met Gala red carpet look…with a breathtaking gala gown that took more than 100 people to make.

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Simone Biles was dressed by Beckett Fogg and Piotrek Panzczyk who founded the Area clothing brand. Biles’s dress was a three-in-one type dress that weighed roughly 39.9kg. The three parts were made up of a handmade skirt covered in Swarovski crystals, a mini skirt and a black catsuit.

According to Piotrek Panzcyk, to make the dress took more than 100 people working for 6 650 hours, which is the equivalent of 277 days. 

The inspiration for Simon Biles’s look came from French dancer and activist Josephine Baker.

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The Olympic gold medalist shared that she was confident in the fact that her dress was the best one of the night. She also hoped that the dress would be an inspiration for many young girls. 

“I want to say to little girls in general, you can be tough in any sport you want to be and you can be strong. On the other end, you can come out feeling empowered and beautiful and wear gowns like this and step outside of your comfort zone.” 

Not only did Biles want to make a statement with her dress, but she also wanted to give back. She collaborated with clothing company Athlea and donated $50 000 (R731 550) to The Power of She Fund. 

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This year’s Met Gala was full of “shocker” moments. The world had their eyebrows raised when Kim Kardashian arrived in a black catsuit that also covered her face. There has been speculation that the man who accompanied Kim to the Met Gala wasn’t actually Kanye West.  

People had their own theories about who the masked man could’ve been. A Twitter user shared that they think Balenciaga creative director Demna Gvasalia accompanied Kim to the fashion event instead of Kanye. 

Another tweep said Kim Kardashian’s date was her bestie Jonathan Cheban.