American gymnast Simone Biles stole the show at Met Gala 2021 as she turned up dressed in a stunning gown that turned the heads of all attending the event. Biles, a brand partner of Athleta, was attending the event as their guest. The four-time Olympic medallist made a grand entrance on her debut at the event flaunting a night sky inspired gown.
Biles was wearing a grey beaded gown that stretched far behind her and a black night sky-inspired bodysuit underneath. The skirt and dress are covered with crystals arranged to look like ostrich plumes. The Olympian described the dress as heavy but empowering. “How do I feel in the dress? It’s definitely heavy, but I feel beautiful, strong, and empowered,” Simone Biles told Vogue.
Inspiration of Simone Biles’ Met Gala dress
The inspiration for the 88-pound dress was Josephine Baker, the first Black woman to star in a major film, Siren of the Tropics, in 1927. Baker was also a key figure in the resistance to the Nazi occupation of France. The dress was made by Athleta, the sportswear brand Biles is sponsored by, and was created by stylist Leslie Fremar.
Over 100 people worked for 6,650 hours to embellish and craft the three garments, which were finished “around 4 a.m.” on Sunday, according to reports. Biles had the luxury of detaching the skirt and reveal the mini dress underneath as the night goes on and she wants to be more free to dance and move around.