9:46, 17.Dec 2018
Kim Kardashian’s Met Gala look may not have adhered to the camp theme in our minds, but there’s no doubt she looked incredible. And a whole lot of pain went into getting that Thierry Mugler couture to the pink carpet – and we mean literal pain. Kim has revealed how she got her waist so mind-bendingly tiny for the Met Gala, and it involved legendary corset maker Mr Pearl. In a video for Vogue, the 38-year-old could barely sit down after being laced into a corset by Mugler collaborater Mark Erskine-Pullin, aka Mr Pearl. This corset squeezed Kim’s waist in to create that exaggerated hourglass figure, but while Kim was delighted with the results, she wasn’t exactly comfortable.
Speaking to camera, the mum-of-three – who is expecting her fourth child via surrogate any day now – said: ‘So Anna [Wintour], if I don’t sit down for dinner, now you know why. I’ll be walking around, mingling, talking, but I can hardly sit. I can only half sit.’ The reality star even had to practice breathing in the corset ahead of going to the gala. In the BTS video of her Met Gala prep, Kim admitted that she didn’t know how she was going to go to the toilet in her Mugler dress, saying: ‘I won’t be able to pee for about four hours, so we’re coming up with a plan on what to do in case of an emergency and there’s no other options.’ Mugler came out of retirement to create the silicone dress for Kim, which took eight months to make and made Kim look like she was literally dripping on the red carpet.
Crystals dangled from the nude silicone to give the illusion of water droplets running off Kim’s skin. The look most certainly caused a stir on the pink carpet, not least with trolls who accused Kim’s waist of being ‘fake’. However, her personal trainer Melissa Alcanta was there to defend her client, taking to social media to affirm that Kim ‘works her ass off’.