Pop star Miley Cyrus shocked the Grammys red carpet on Sunday by wearing an outfit made of 14,000 gold security pins.
The singer-songwriter — who proceeded to catch her very first Grammy awards — was wearing a custom look from Maison Margiela which the house said took “675 hours of fastidious work,” to make.
The metallic, net-like dress directed both a 1920s flapper and an Egyptian goddess, with its pins unpredictably organized to look like a collar and underpants.
The French label’s creative director John Galliano appeared to dip into his own archives for inspiration, with several social media users pointing out the similarity between Cyrus’ revealing gown and pieces in the designer’s Fall 1997 ready-to-wear collection.
Cyrus was on the red carpet with a couple of yellow tabis, the split-toe shoes that have become a faction #1 among Margiela fans.
Legendary makeup artist Pat McGrath — was additionally associated with Cyrus’ appearance. Her products were used by fellow cosmetics artists James Kaliardos to make a sun-kissed look, coupled with winged eyeliner.
The makeup artist Kaliardos said that he wanted Cyrus to “glow like a golden goddess, sublime, with sheer skin, glowy finish, a touchable beauty.” Cyrus wanted this, he said.
Bob Recine, a hair stylist, sculpted the pop star’s locks. Molding sensational twists from Cyrus’ feature streaked earthy colored hair — which some compared to the styles cherished by her guardian, Cart Parton — Recine made each strand seem to have an unmistakable overflow of energy.
Cyrus wore five different outfits at the awards, one of which was the gold safety pin creation. She accepted her Best Pop Solo Performance award for “Flowers” later that evening from pop icon Mariah Carey. Following that, she performed the song on stage in a vintage silver flapper dress designed by Bob Mackie and reminiscent of Tina Turner.
Backstage, she wore a black lace jumpsuit with no straps and a marabou feather jacket. For the Record of the Year ceremony, she chose a brown sequined one-shoulder Gucci gown with a side slit and a matching miniature bamboo bag from the same design house.