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By Terrance Turner
Sept. 14, 2021
The Met Gala was held tonight, with the theme being “American Fashion”. While that nebulous theme inspired many different looks, perhaps none were more arresting or more surprising than that of Billie Eilish. In a peach-colored Oscar de la Renta dress, Eilish paid homage to Marilyn Monroe — a gorgeous pinnacle of Hollywood glamour.
The dress was a marked departure for Eilish, whose style typically encapsulates oversize and monochromatic pants-and-jacket sets by Gucci, Burberry and Chanel. Sometimes she matched them to her black-and-neon green hair. But Eilish tonight showed up with a feathery blonde bob and an off-the-shoulder tulle dress with a 15-foot train. Fernando Garcia, who had helped design the dress, told The New York Times that Eilish “was very interested in surprising everybody with a look she hasn’t done before.”
This ultra-glam look was something she’d wanted to do for some time. “I’ve always wanted to do this but I was just scared, and I didn’t feel comfortable in my skin and I feel like I finally did,” Eilish told livestream host Keke Palmer. “I feel like I’ve grown so much in the last few years.”
Even more remarkable than her choice of wardrobe was her requirement for wearing it. Eilish would wear the dress only if Oscar de la Renta stopped selling fur in its stores. The designer agreed to the request by Eilish, who is a vegan and animal rights activist. “Ms. Eilish is also perhaps the only Met Gala guest in history to elicit an ethical policy change from a company as a condition of wearing its gown,” the Times wrote.
Ms. Eilish said in a statement to The Times that she found it “shocking that wearing fur isn’t completely outlawed at this point in 2021,” and “I’m honored to have been a catalyst and to have been heard on this matter.”