To that end, Layne wants to her Met moment Out Fire Shirt . To serve a purpose even if it’s just to inspire the countless women who look up to her. “I know what it meant to me when I saw Lupita in her first awards campaign,” she says. “To see this girl who looks like me slaying red carpets and magazine covers. I hope that through building relationships with all these brands I can do the same for all the little black girls out there.”When Violet Chachki closed Moschino’s Fall 2019 menswear and women’s Pre-Fall show last year, she had no idea that the dress that came right before her on the runway would later come back into her life.
Out Fire Shirt, hoodie, sweater, longsleeve and ladies t-shirt“If you watch the video, I’m actually right behind the dress as it walks out the runway,” Chachki says of the cheeky, glove-shaped Moschino gown that she just wore to her very first Met Gala Out Fire Shirt . “It’s really funny to me. The dress that I was going to be wearing to the Met Gala was right in front of me this whole time.”Designer Jeremy Scott customized the dress for Chachki—remaking it so that it fits like a glove, she jokes—and it’s a perfect match given Chachki’s sensibilities. For Scott, the opera glove is the epitome of camp and elegance. “I was haunted by a vision of Violet slithering up the stairs of the Met with her giant glove hand limply waving back as she vanished into the museum doors,” Scott says. “The origins of the word camp itself comes from drag queens so far back it’s unimaginable. I knew I had to honor the moment with one of my favorite muses.”For Chachki, the glove motif isn’t just camp—it’s a fitting symbol given her area of expertise. “I mean, I’m a burlesque performer, so I love the idea of stripping off gloves, and then being inside of a giant glove is very burlesque imagery—the idea of taking something and blowing it out of proportion, making it this crazy ridiculous scale, is such a pinup iconography moment.” Looking at the sleek black dress from the front, it does look deceptively classic; it’s only once you see the hand-shaped trail behind that it does lend itself to Susan Sontag’s definition of the term. “It’s camp, but not ridiculous. It’s perfect for me.”
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