- Kim Kardashian West wore a custom Balenciaga outfit that covered her entire body to the Met Gala.
- A source close to Kardashian West told Insider that Kanye West helped to inspire her look.
- Kardashian West filed for divorce from West in February 2021.
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Kanye West played an “instrumental” role in bringing Kim Kardashian West’s Met Gala 2021 outfit together, a source close to Kardashian West told Insider.
Kardashian West wore a custom Balenciaga jumpsuit to the “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” gala that covered every inch of her body, including her hands and face.
She wore a coordinating minidress over the jumpsuit, and two trains flowed out from the garment.
Only Kardashian West’s ponytail was visible through the outfit.
The look instantly became a meme, with many saying Kardashian West looked like a Dementor from “Harry Potter” in the all-black ensemble.
But according to a source close to the reality star, Kanye West played an integral role in bringing the outfit to life.
“Even though Kanye is not attending tonight, his presence will be felt on the carpet,” a source told Insider. “It was him who introduced Kim to Demna and was instrumental in the newly formed relationship between her and Balenciaga.”
Demna Gvasalia is Balenciaga’s creative director.
“This look on Kim is like a new subculture and fashion statement,” they went on to say. “No logo, no face, but everyone knows it’s her. “
“Kanye gave her the courage to push creativity and people’s imagination through art. It’s the ultimate confidence,” the source added.
The Met Gala isn’t the first time West has influenced his wife’s fashion.
When the couple first started dating, Kardashian West said her husband told her she had “the worst style” and completely revamped her wardrobe, though she added that he was “really nice about it.”
She also said in 2019 that she toned down the sex appeal of some of her outfits because of West.
“My husband has voiced that sometimes too sexy is just overkill and he’s not comfortable with that,” she told New York Magazine.
Kardashian West filed for divorce from West in February of 2021, but the couple sparked reconciliation rumors when a woman who looked like Kardashian West appeared in a wedding dress at West’s “Donda” listening party.
But according to TMZ, the former couple are now just good friends.