Met Gala: Beyonce in Givenchy

Posted on May 07, 2013

We give her all the credit in the world for bringing the drama in a way so few can, but we can’t sign off on this one, Bey.


Beyonce attends the 2013 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in a Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci gown and shoes accessorized with Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.

That skirt PLUS those boots PLUS those gloves – honey, we need to sit down for a second. We’re feeling a bit dizzy.

And to be honest, we don’t really think any of it looks all that fabulous. The gloves and boots look too much like stagewear to us and we hate the way the skirt looks like something she just wrapped around her waist and cinched with a big ol’ belt.

No, we’re sorry, girl. This smacks of relying a bit too much on image and impact and not enough on good styling. Although kudos to you for bringing your in lady-in-waiting. That’s pretty fierce.


[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • imperfectlaura

    I don’t know if I’d ever love the dress, but I certainly don’t like it with the gloves and boots. Too much even for the Met Gala.

    • Sobaika

      Seriously. And everyone else at the event had not enough going on.

  • Dam_Angel


    • drdarke

      ::makes sad kitten face:: Prepare To Die, @Dam_Angel:disqus !

      You know Beyonce looked at that outfit on the hanger and went “Yes! I Must Have This!” – because it looks like it would totally rock…but it totally doesn’t….

  • theblondette

    This is totally cosplay for some show about an alien desert world with ~exotic~ aliens (aka lots of imperialist tropes) and Beyonce is their princess. The girl who’s made the cosplay costume has dug out her wetlook corset, wrapped a sheet around it and belted it up and she’s done.

  • roble ridge

    This whole look is going to be featured on a “What Were They Thinking” spread in People Magazine in 6 months.

    • roble ridge

      And another thing: from the back it looks like she has 2 arrows pointing at her ass.

      • If I had her ass I’d make sure it had flaming arrows pointing at it, too.

        • She pinterested her whole dress!

  • Maryanne525

    I’m picking up what you’re putting down – but I have to say compared to so many blah dresses, this brought me some LIFE last night.

  • The overall look is a lot to take in, but that train is totally fabulous!

  • Diego!

    This screams 90’s Gianni Versace all over it. She went for all. OUT! (?)

    • ccinnc

      I was thinking House of Dereon.

      • SylviaFowler

        Ed Hardy

      • drdarke

        I was thinking “Bollywood Item Number At Its Most Deranged”, myself.

      • Adriana_Paula


    • ballerinawithagun

      Exactly! The clothing, the pillows, the gold buttons, excess!!! So it is an OUT!

  • CommentsByKatie

    I do kind of like it from the back, with that little flame extension. But her hair is bad, the belt is generic punk and unnecessary, the gloves are a bit too far, and then those boots take the look into joke territory. Sorry Bey! Pin up your hair and take everything off but the dress, and you might have something okay.

  • madge

    yikes her tits look tortured. i think i see areola!!!


    • RebeccaKW

      I was thinking the same thing. Bey’s train wrangler needed to check the front and back of the dress.

    • Thank god — I was thinking “am I hallucinating, or does that top need a hitch up in a big way?”

    • LearnedFoot

      Seriously. This dress makes MY boobs hurt.

    • Melanie

      Yeah, it definitely doesn’t fit.

    • Little_Olive

      Tits on a tray.

      There is more horizontal than vertical projection to them. Than cannot be right.

      And yes, areola much?

  • Cloveradams

    That bodice is about a quarter-inch away from becoming a topless bustier.

  • MilaXX

    That poor guy ran around all over the place fixing that train on the world’s dumbest dress. The corset isn’t even a top, but an extremely wide belt that are breast are sitting in. People are talking smack about Kim K’s dress, but really she and Bey are pretty much wearing the same thing. Kimmie just couldn’t let her boobs go wild cause she’s preggers.

    Save this for the tour Mrs. Carter.

    • Not at all the same thing. Kimmie is wearing grandma’s curtains from the 1980s.

      • MilaXX

        It’s an over done print, with matching gloves and shoes. If Kimmie could have gone strapless and cinched her waist, they’d be Bitch Stole My Look. Either way, both are UGLY.

        • Melanie

          They’re by the same designer, even. Supposedly Kanye had to pull strings to even get Kim invited and then to get a dress. And THEN supposedly the designer’s people – or someone – basically told her that her pregnant arms were too fat to be out in public so they added the sleeves and gloves. I don’t know if I believe all of that, but I love the gossip behind all of it.

          • MilaXX

            Didn’t know they were made by the same designer. I did hear about the fat arms thing & the pulling strings for an invite because last year supposedly the Kardashian’s were banned.

          • I’d heard of them being banned and her only getting an invite because of Kanye, but if the part about her “pregnant arms” is true, someone needs to get punched in the face. I loathe the woman, but pregnancy body snarking is WAY off limits. But pregnancy or not, Kim’s dress was easily the ugliest thing I saw on the red carpet all night.

          • lovelyivy

            I really resent the media for making me sympathize SO HARD with Kim K over the way they’ve been hateful and gross about her pregnancy. I can’t stand her, I think she’s a vapid fame whore at best, but NO ONE deserves the disgusting outpouring of bile and fat-shaming that she’s received.

          • I said this exact same thing to a friends recently…. I can’t believe that I’d defending Kim K, of all people.

  • Oi. Saw this, and my first thought was “This looks like a House of Dereon creation.” Not cute.

    • louised

      Same. And how is it so many of the women interpreted punk as some combination of black/ugly/show a lot of skin?

      • Because they are glamorous celebrities. When have they ever been punk?

        • Don’t forget… they (almost) all have stylists. So all of their PROFESSIONAL STYLISTS failed at interpreting “punk.”

    • That’s exactly what I thought! It’s a Tina Knowles a la Destiny’s Child ensemble.

  • Wow, Morris Day doesn’t look a day over 50.

    • Sarah

      SQUAWK! Hallelujah!

    • Adriana_Paula

      I bow to you.

  • VeryClaire

    But those boots! Wow. (so much better than SJP’s) For a costume, it’s fab.

    • Yes. I’ve been looking at the Met Gala clothes as if they’re a costume. And if it looks TOO normal, it’s a fail.

  • RinPauler

    Massive lulz @ the assistant dude fixing the dress for her.

  • hughman

    Oh gurllll… that belt from Hot Topics is a no. But having your Geigh give an homag√© to Kris Kross was sweet.

    • “Geigh.” {Dying laughing.}

  • duchessofjersey

    That is some Destiny’s-Child-style accessories matching right there. Actually, Beyonce really should have asked her mom to make her something – in their DIY-ness the old Destiny’s Child outfits were about 100x more “punk” than anything anyone wore to this event last night.

  • She is a gorgeous woman with a super figure but this makes her look like a sausage, like tubular. Boobs dragged down, hair kinda stringy like jelly fish, I just…..nope. She seriously could have done so much better!

  • Werwanderflugen

    Is this her tribute to the BP oil spill?

  • Chickadeep

    This looks like something her mother designed. Ouch.

  • judybrowni

    C’mon that thing makes her look thick-waisted — Beyonce! — and if you need a page to hold your train (and stuff your boobs back into the bustier)…

    • Yes, she looks as wide as she is tall in that get-up.

  • Riccardo Tisci dressed her personally… and while I love him I have to say I’m kind of disappointed in this look. With a different belt and without the print on the boots and the gloves this may have been a lot better. Just doesn’t seem tasteful to me. “Stagewear” is the right word.

    • I don’t know if “tasteful” is on the menu for the Met Ball. Stagewear would seem more apropos to me.

      • There is a way of pulling off high fashion with taste though. I don’t know, to me it just seems that putting the same print on everything doesn’t really convey style.

        • Celandine1

          IMO you are 100% correct. I cannot believe this is Givenchy. Everyone involved in this outfit had taste issues.

    • If you think this is bad, take a look at what he did to Kim Kardashian. Or maybe that should be vice versa.

      • sekushinonyanko

        I google imaged her and laughed out loud when I saw what she had on. OOHH!! Kim, darling, it’s not a sin to get big when you get pregnant, we understand that’s how pregnancy works, but you really are better off just giving up on the hotsexy and slapping on a caftan. And if that’s too much, then just avoid large prints, which would hardly be her friend if she wasn’t pregnant, at her height.

        • That print was NOBODY’S friend. It was hideous. And then the gloves and matching shoes? Gawd, no.

      • OMG I know right? I’m waiting for T & Lo to write about it. In my opinion she was by far the worst of the night. I feel like that dress is just a prank they pulled on her because Anna Wintour hates her.

  • That top looks like a waist cincher pulled up way too high. I do love the boots separately though.

  • decormaven

    “I am the god of hell fire and I bring you fire.”

  • alyce1213

    The best I can say is that it’s less vulgar than last year’s atrocity. I think she has serious taste issues.
    She has the kind of hair/hair extensions that I would rather not touch, like my hand would get caught.

    • VeryClaire

      Really. If you’re going to have fake hair, shouldn’t it look healthy? What’s the point of that stringy damaged look if it’s not even real?

  • Go home and start over, Bey. Let’s set aside this dress for the year the theme is “tacky”.

  • Reminds me of the head-to-toe looks she wore in her Destiny’s Child days.

  • ojosazules

    The belt is so punk!

  • Oh God, her boobs look so unhappy and squished and pinched. That alone has to make it an out. You are Beyonce for crying out loud, I think they would get you a bodice that fit your girls if you asked…

  • lehen

    her boobs look like they hurt

  • I really, REALLY want to like this, but I can’t stop looking at how it appears that her boobs are actually *pinched* into that corset. Still, I like this simply for the fact that it IS over the top.

  • I do like how it looks in that last shot from behind. Serious impact…although I suppose it pretty much requires the lady in waiting to keep it looking like that. The accessories though?….not so much. As I scrolled down I was like “oh and the gloves match.that’s…something.” and then “oh lord no honey, not the hooker boots too.”

    On top of all the matchy going on, the ugly bodice, and the thrown on belt, the print immediately reminded me of the sarongs with flames on them that were very popular in my area around 2003 or so. I don’t recall them looking great on anybody.

  • claudemtl777

    Didnt she have to be carried up the steps at the Met gala afew years back, because her dress was so tight? This is not as hot as she’d like it to be…It shouldn’t look so…square…

    • Melanie

      I think that was just last year, actually.

  • I feel like her boobs are going to pop out and say hiiiii any second. I love Bey, but, please, with your gazillions, get a bra!

    and the gloves and boots and the attendant and LION hair fierceness, I feel like this is a music video waiting to happen.

  • SewingSiren

    I like the train arranger. He’s doing BowWowWow.

  • She was one of the most anticipated attendees of the night, at least by everyone interviewed on the carpet, and I think this is a total let down. I am so tired of her so I get snarky, petty pleasure from seeing her looking, well, like ass.

  • Rand Ortega


  • Sarah

    Titshelf, ass and legs on fire. Nay.

  • KayEmWhy

    That duct tape bodice – sorry I just finished watching Defiance – looks horrible. The extensions stringy and the gloves. Maybe the boots would work on their own. But we know she has taste issues don’t we?

  • I may be completely alone on this one, but I love the dress on her. That being said, its the styling that goes wrong for me: Shoes, Gloves, and Hair are killing me. Emphasis on the hair. I don’t know why but that piece is not working for me – AT ALL!

  • z z z z

  • Bexxx

    Alexis Mateo’s cake couture dress set on fire.

  • please excuse my french…..what the fuck is she wearing!?

  • MsKitty

    I hope Bey was nice enough to let her assistant sneak an hors d’oeuvre or two while he was on train straightening duty. Or at least a sip of water.

  • “Baby, I can see your nipples, they’re my saving grace.”

  • Atrocious. Those boots! The gloves! The bodice is torturing the boobs. The belt’s such an afterthought/shorthand. I’ve no idea what she’s doing, but if she’s attempting to intermingle classical gown-ness with punk-oriented touches, she’s failing spectacularly.

  • imspinningaround

    Loving all the House of Dereon shade!

  • these people give punk a bad name…..and image….

  • caroline miles

    Totally agree with TLo on this.

    But then again, i’ve always thought Solange more beautiful and edgy and fashion-funista/interesting than Boynseeay has ever been. (Which is not to say that Solange’s Met ensemble was very good, alas.)

    The whole thing confuses me, though. Except for a very few, no one dressed even remotely punk.

    And those gloves are just straight-up stoopit.

  • berkeleygirl

    Are you sure that’s Beyonce? I could swear I saw that same gal last weekend, hooking her next john at the Bellagio bar.

    • demidaemon


  • Coolekat

    Hate the dress and the boobs on the half shell

  • MissusBee

    These ladies (and their G’ehs) sure have some difficulty interpreting punk. Flamey-trailiness is pure 70s rawk in a Steve Tyler dry ice wind machine sort of way, which is everything the punk scene was getting away from. Not that I’m expecting literal interpretations here, but the whole ‘bollocks to that, I’ll wear what I f*cking well like’ was a really exciting time for fashion and that spirit is not coming through at all. Stupid celebrities.

  • A true RUE PAUL moment! OUT!

  • Mrs. Julien

    Who would have thought it was possible to overdress for the Met Ball?

  • Imasewsure

    Tacky tacky tacky.. the skirt could probably work but not like this

  • CheriCPat

    Nope, I think we just saw the kickoff of the next trend: lining skirts with print and making matching boots or shoes. Watch and see! Um, and please put your nipples a little bit further away.

    • I *really* hope that’s not the next trend. Pleasegawdno.

  • Kate

    This is the type of stuff Mama Bey would have made Destiny’s Child wear. Can’t you just see them all in matching flames?

  • Contralto

    Awful. I’m stunned.

  • *says in her best Nina Garcia voice* : “It’s very ediTORial, but it’s just too much. You need some editing.” *Tim Gunn speaks up*: “And honey, a deep conditioner.” *Michael Kors says*: “It looks like she dunked herself in mayo and rolled around in the Paris Operahouse!” *Heidi says*: “I would wear that. If it were shorter. Cut it off to the thighs in front, then make me one.”

  • jennifervney

    This is unflattering and just plain dumb looking. And her poor boobs, ouch!

  • Even Solange would have said no.

  • VicD

    Absolutely hideous. I do like the boots – but not with the rest of this mess. Plus, she is about 1/16 of an inch from a wardrobe malfunction.

    • I really think there might have been malfunctioning going on already. It’s hard to tell…

  • erinbinek

    Head to toe YUCK.

  • nannypoo

    My issue is with the bodice. Look at those tits! Oh, the humanity.

  • Anniebet

    Utter dreck. Or should I say *udder* dreck? Not so sure I’d want to showcase my stretch marks so blatantly. Or are those puckers from being squeezed together in a vice?

    This has got to be the worst display of lack of taste in recent memory, at least for me. I usually intensely dislike her stage costumes, but not her “real life” clothes, but now I realize that every thing she wears is a stage costume.

    This one is putrid.

  • The waist is the worst thing about this. Everything else is so over the top and the treatment at the waist is just so half-assed.

  • myristica_fragrans

    it’s so ugly, i thought it was house of dereon.

  • littlerobotgirl

    It looks like the carpet from a castle in an RPG.

    • demidaemon

      Loving your comment! More stars should take their cues from RPGs. It would be hella entertaining at least.

  • MissAmynae

    Its just not. aesthetically. pleasing.

    tacky, ugly, doesn’t fit. Not even close to the theme- which, as an honorary chair, should have been a big part of her dress selection.

  • Carrieanno

    Whack off the black tubes above the wrists and she’ll have some darn nice gardening gloves.

  • bd73

    it’s like this every year with her. i swear i thought her mother designed this.

  • sausage mcmuffin

  • lrober03

    I love the train, but I hate what the top is doing to her breasts

  • Very Versace for givenchy

  • shanteUstay

    the top with her bust is just bizarre. busty women need a cut on the neckline,

  • demidaemon

    Well, she tried. Also, her hair–whether a weave or not–looks sad and tired.

  • GTrain

    Too much going on for me

  • Call me Bee

    Way to bring the trashy, Bey.

  • RandiLu

    This is something that her mother would have made for Destiny’s Child 10 years ago.

  • formerlyAnon

    I like how her attendant is dressed. She started out looking to me as if she’d found the worlds largest Hermes scarf and fashioned it into a skirt, but then I saw the gloves and boots and started laughing. Next!

    • This! I was actually loving the pattern and gorge colors of the skirt (minus the belt and the leather ? tube top) but when I scrolled down and saw the boots, I just laughed!

  • DeTrop

    How I’d love to hear what Anna Wintour had to say about this. Of course, Andre Leon Talley will give it a 10. She really should know better. As someone below has said – ‘how is it possible to overdress for the Met Gala’?

  • DeTrop

    How I’d love to hear what Anna Wintour had to say about this. Of course, Andre Leon Talley will give it a 10. She really should know better. As someone below has said – ‘how is it possible to overdress for the Met Gala’?

  • blueberrypanckae

    is she wearing body glitter!??!!

  • quiltrx

    The skirt is pretty incredible, but it does rather look like a giant, fabulous window treatment that she yanked down and played dress-up with. It IN NO WAY relates to the bodice. And the gloves and boots were several bridges too far.
    But I would totally love, just once, to be so fabulous and have the fabulous event, which would require having my own bitch to floof my gown into perfection!

  • DominoEstella

    really really ugly. beyond ugly.

  • carolclark12

    Her boobs looked incredibly pinched. It hurts to look at those pictures.

  • alebaby


  • The Shelf O’ Boobs is freaking me out.

  • akprincess72

    Her poor boobs!! That just looks painful, on many levels…

  • kaycem

    she has yet to get the met right.

  • kay

    i love the back, and i don’t really have an issue with the boots and gloves because it’s drama and whatever. i just don’t think it’s that flattering around the waist.

  • Steph Wright

    I love her even more for having one of her gays running beside her all night, fetching her train.

    • l_c_ann

      He was doing the bending over, so she wouldn’t have to. Gravity would have grabbed her boobs, and made headlines.

  • I really really wish she’d do some other color than black/gold on a red carpet.

  • “I know what we can do with those old curtains, Bey….and I think there will be enough left over for some gloves!”

  • bellafigura1

    A train gay, now that’s diva.

  • maggiemaybe


  • If I can see the stretch marks on your boobs, it’s too much cleavage.

  • lobsterlen

    Scarlet wore curtains better.

  • That belt does NOT belong. Did she throw it on as a nod to “punk”? Top doesn’t fit–seriously, her boobs are about to EXPLODE out of the bodice. Another one who needs to have a haircut. Why do celebs think that 4″ of ratty, stringy split ends are attractive? The boots are a bridge too far, as are the gloves. If I were styling this, I’d have sewn up the split in the front, added a couple of inches to the top, and if Miss B really insisted on the use of rivets, recast the belt as a couple of bracelets and ditched the gloves. Simple black stilettos.

  • Karen Tully

    It looks like a Versace tablecloth.

  • MarissaLG

    I LOVE the gown with the matching gloves, but the belt and bodice look hella cheap! Come on, B!

  • Not applicable

    jesus girl- leave something for the drag queens will ya?

  • Sigh.

  • unbornfawn

    It looks like she said the hell with it and threw a flaming tablecloth over her superbowl costume.

  • Tracy_Flick

    The skirt-wrangler looks more punk than she does.

  • shelley514

    This look is such a bore. And that hands on hips arrow arms pose looks quite silly. The whole thing is too outfitty matchy matchy and too costumey. She looks like a beauty pageant contestant trying to interpret punk.

  • frannyprof

    Her hair is an insult to the event. Looks like she was on a boat all day.

  • sado

    LMAO…it is amazing how the PR PEOPLE and the media are trying to make her happen…..well it aint happening…….from her cheesy poses to her Givenchy via House of Deron awfulness of her dress…she will never be the queen or the it person .give it up and be the ghetto girl you always were………

  • I just went into Project Runway judging mode: “Riccardo who would wear such a loud print all over their boots, gloves, and dress? And it doesn’t even look expensive. The black fabric looks stretchy and cheap. And I can see you had time issues when you wrapped that skirt and plastic bodice around her. Did you not have help in the work room? And how did this fit the theme? The belt was an after thought towards punk and it didn’t save you.”

  • FloridaLlamaLover

    Hmmm…her poor breasteses look positively tortured, and I’m expecting one of them (or both) to make a run for it. The nips will lead the way, of course, by peeping out first.

  • bitterk

    Not flattering at all. Makes her look thick in the middle. it’s a dress for a woman who doesn’t know she is beautiful.

  • PrunellaV

    From the front, she looks like she’s dressed in an overflowing beer can.

  • kathrineb

    Not punk. Not stylish. Nothing nice to say about this one.