Met Gala WERQ: Katy Perry in Dolce&Gabbana

Posted on May 07, 2013

Once again, Katy Perry teaches us an important life lesson. Namely, this: When you know you’re walking into a room stuffed wall-to-wall with drama queens and attention whores, you don’t fret over how to compete, darlings.


Katy Perry attends the 2013 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in Dolce&Gabbana.

Dolce&Gabbana Fall 2013 Collection/Model: Kasia Struss

You crown yourself fucking EMPRESS and walk in like you don’t give a fuck.

Fucking WERQ, bitches.


[Photo Credit: Getty,]

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  • shirab

    I guess she ditched the prom committee’s “punk” theme. Can’t say as I blame her, when she had this option.


  • Tatiana Luján

    Ankle straps with midcalf hem is always a no. her legs look like Queen Elizabeth’s.

  • LOVE LOVE LOVE that dress!!!

  • estella_nyc

    This might be the most punk look of all…

  • carnush

    Freaking fabulous. A walking icon! WERQ!

  • Isabel

    Crosses were part of punk. Katy’s are too “nice” though.

    They look very heavy! I hope that it’s attached to her hair instead of her earlobes.

  • MilaXX

    I like this. It’s not even remotely punk and I hate the shoe, but I like that she just went for a fun look.

    • Yep. I love that she just decided to bring the drama, punk or not.

  • SewingSiren

    Another love from top to toe. Perfect deployment of the pinterest nails (again!).

  • Introspective

    She and D&G are sometimes a match made in hell, but here definitely the match is all heavenly.

    loving the crown. and the nails. hate the shoes, but overall the look is memorable which is just what you want at the Met Gala.

  • Love this totally. That d&g is spec-effing-Tacular.

    • aeb1986

      absolutely! the closeup shot of the dress is unreal. just incredible craftsmanship

      • Yep, one embroiderer for each sleeve piece, one each for front and back bodice, and likely two for each skirt piece. Probably in the neighborhood of 200 hours of work.

        • DebbieLovesShoes

          Wonder how heavy it was….

          • It appears that most of the beadwork is in glass,so it would be 3-4 pounds after being completed.

    • This was one of my favorite fashion week collections. The detail is just incredible. I was wondering if this D&G collection could translate to “the real world*,” and I’m pleasantly surprised that it worked here. Only Katy Perry could pull it off, and by not trying to water it down, but instead embracing ALL of the wackiness of the styling.

      *The “real world” being that of the fashion scene, which is by no stretch of the imagination “real.”

    • Sally Brownson

      I wish I could afford a piece from this collection- I studied this era of Sicilian art in one of my college classes.

  • The ONLY instance where Pinterest nails add to the overall effect. You WERQ that Byzantine mosaic look, Katy!

    • DebbieLovesShoes

      I was thinking the same thing. In this case, the nails *ahem* nail it!

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    Princess Katy of Fuckinfantastica. Perma-WERQ in training.

  • jw_ny

    that dress is amazing! not fitting with the costume theme so much…but still quite a spectacle in itself and well put together

  • Almost everyone did. I could count on one hand, out of 119 photos, who actually added punk to the night.

    • Jecca2244

      even some of the women from Moda Operandi who sponsored the event didn’t look punk. and they wore custom pieces.

    • Angela_the_Librarian

      I think most people just interpreted punk as “wear heavy eye make up” (January Jones, Jessica Pare, and Ginnifer Goodwin looked especially hilarious in that regard). I think wearing a piece of art to an art gallery was a smart choice!

  • I’m so confused. I seriously do not like this. I hate the lip color, the hair, the shape of the dress, the length of the dress, those shoes paired with that dress, and how very not with the desired theme of the evening the entire thing is. Just hate it.

    • ballerinawithagun

      I agree with you. That shiny face also, get out some white powder like we used to. The waistline is making her look very wide along with the length of the dress and the shoes. Hate it!

    • Sarah

      I’m not mad at the look, but that lip color looks like she got busy with a grape lollipop, so I agree with you there. It’s not even too bad until she opens her mouth, then it’s all grotesque. Yeesh.

    • IMNAngryLiberal

      I like the concept of this dress and I love the thought of Katy Petty in this dress at the Met — punk theme notwithstanding, but Katy Perry is in fantastic shape and this dress makes her look a mile wide from the head on view. I think it is a combination of the length of the hem and the wide sleeves hitting just about at her waistline.

    • 3boysful

      I can get behind the dress, but I am totally with you on the hair and makeup. Awful.


  • I agree with TLo that the Pinterest “nail art” is pretty crappy in general, but this might be the closest thing to proper deployment we could see. (Although, Comicon always has some venue-appropriate humorous fingers….)

    • EdithP

      I think Katy is the exception to the Pinterest nails. On her it seems to just be a regular manicure.

    • For the record, we agree. This is the perfect look for those kinds of nails and the perfect nails for this kind of look.

  • nannypoo

    Good for her. She looks adorable. Except for the ankle straps with the mid-calf skirt which are giving her cankles.

    I hate costume parties. I notice that many of the attendees in the background of these pictures came dressed like ordinary earthlings. The command to come dressed as anything other than my usual dress-up best would have put me in a tailspin and I would have put on the long green dress seen behind Katy and tried to act comfortable.

  • Diego!

    I’m in awe! AMAZING! Though the lenght of the hem is a little bit long IMHO. WERQ WERQ WERQ!

  • MoHub

    The Empress Theodora lives!

  • jetpackdino

    Go big or go home! Katy Perry got the memo. Hell, she probably wrote it.

    LOVE it. All hail.

  • mhleta

    The dress looks Middle-aged. Get it? Hahaa! No, I kid. Shorter or longer. And she needs eunuchs and palm fronds.

    • formerlyAnon


  • formerlyAnon

    She had me at the crown. WERQ is right. It’s walking fashion art – though dreadful clothing.

  • Hurrah for lower heels!

  • BeeBeauNYC

    If she interprets “punk” to mean non-traditional, props to her. Love the fresco style dress with the crown and ornate cross earrings – it’s like monastery chic.

    • SewingSiren

      Or irreverent, which it was.

      • BeeBeauNYC

        Well said! Much better word choice!

  • GorgeousThings

    I want that crown.

    • formerlyAnon

      I know! Though I’m afraid it might read more Joe King Carrasco than Theodora, Empress on me. Story of my life!

  • LOVE. THIS. I love everything about this, from head to toe. My favorite look of the night.

  • This is a win in every sense of the word. It also helps that it is a GORGEOUS dress.

  • This Met Gala looks like one tacky cluster F of personalities clamoring for attention! That’s not fashion!

  • Musicologie

    It’s bizarre–she looks like a completely different person when she smiles! (And both look fantastic. I’m just saying that I wouldn’t recognize her in the picture immediately below the runway model.)

  • The beadwork is incredible.

  • BrooklynBomber

    This is fabulous. I love it (except the shoes), but I’ve been noticing lately that all these mid-calf dresses are showing up, yet when you look at the models, a lot of them are actually mid-knee or just below (but still w/in the realm of “knee length). They look better that way, and that’s how I assume they’re meant to be worn. I don’t understand why the makers of these couture or otherwise very-high-end garments don’t adjust the proportions when they make them for their clients, very few of whom are as tall as models. With a garment like this it’d be difficult since it would mean changing the proportions of the detail on the skirt by losing either some of the real estate in the “plain” section or the horizontal interest at the hem. But I think the overall proportions of the dress would be better if it hit her where it hits the model.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    That outfit and that celebrity are a match made in heaven!

  • Guidosdaddy

    She looks gorgeous. Madonna wins for the night, but this ain’t too shabby!

  • I would’ve liked it better if it were floor length.

  • Melanie

    Werq? Ew. She looks ridiculous. And how come her “Pinterest nails” get a pass?

  • MyBigKitty

    Love it.

  • Janet B

    Perfect from head to toe

  • shanteUstay

    This bitch wore a CROWN! Werq it out baby

  • Lesley

    punk rock princess, BOW DOWN.

  • Oops! Thought from the thumbnail this was the Drag Race finale post.

  • I also love that she didn’t get attention by showing lots and lots of skin. Classy.

  • Good, but struck me as kind of safe since she basically went with an entire runway look, except for the shoes, which is puzzling since they are the only flaw in this outfit.

  • kamo12

    God save the queen! We mean it, man! God save the queen!

    God saaaaaaaaaaaves.

  • carolynmo

    I want that dress!!! I love this so much.

  • Stubenville

    A beaded Byzantine fresco dress and a crown. The essence of punk.


  • stubbornthoughts

    I hate the length of this dress, but she’s pulling the whole look off well. I just don’t think it’s punk, at all. She’s basically the crowned queen if this was Renaissance themed. Not a WERQ from me, SJP deserved it more.

    And I hope you lovely Uncles are giving Beyonce a WERQ, because…eh.

  • When the photos of that D&G collection came out, I wondered, “In what situation would it be appropriate to wear that?” Well, now I have my answer. Brava.

  • xmixiex

    not giving a fuck IS punk

    • Stuck_on_Mute

      Exactly! I feel for punk to be successful, there has to be a (metaphorical, but literal works too) ‘giving the middle finger’ vibe – The entertainers who have made a career by giving the finger (Madonna, Katie, etc) rather than take the conform route seem to have been much more successful with embodying punk in their dressing last night.

  • I don’t know…there seems to be a loose reference to “God Save the Queen” here.

    • And isn’t that an interpretation of one of the many madonna and the magi mosaics/portraits? I’d say a huge bow down to Madge and the Queen in many respects…

  • BPlease

    Length is bad on her IMO, and the gold shoes would’ve been better. In fact, same hair/makeup as runway, but with the crown etc. is what I would have loved to see on her.

  • Katie’s face looks pale: is it bright lighting? I’ve noticed this in the previous Met Gala posts too.

  • What’s going on with Katy’s face on the second pcture? That’s just scary.
    For the record, I don’t hate this, but it doesn’t convince me. I hated with passion that D&G collection and the dress doesn’t ft her. The shoes are a big NO and again, there’s something in her face.

  • decormaven

    That third shot of her- that is WERQ in motion, folks. What a treat to see this creation on the RC

  • Fucking love it. Just wish she’d gone with some kickass boots too, but this is working like gangbusters regardless. I am ENVIOUS and COVETOUS of that ensemble, as I should be.
    Plus, the byzantine thing works well with the punk theme, I feel – the opulence and appropriation of it reminds me of punk without being too literal.

  • Jon

    Please tell me someone took her picture with Madonna. It’ll save people time when Googling “fierce.”

  • She’s basically wearing a church. Awesome.

  • That dress is killa!

  • One of the best looks of the night!

  • The length is weird. I don’t know whether the dress should be longer or shorter.

    • MoHub

      I’d like it either way, but I’m leaning toward full-length.

  • titaness25

    is she wearing flats??? Ohmygiddygod I love it. Love it all.

  • Imasewsure

    She’s wearing a fricking crown and has a religious icon on her chest and crosses hanging from her ears. That’s punk enough for me… Totally fun WERQ. Could not love her more – and that dress is off-the-charts. She needs to keep the crown and earrings for future use

    • PeaceBang

      Exactly. I was wondering who we would see in that D+G line… only Katy P would work it all in a literal medieval sense…. too droll. Love her.

  • procrastinatrice

    Amazing! I was wondering which celebs were gonna go for the inspired Byzantine collection from D&G–and here she is! Empress Theodora indeed!

  • The makeup, hair, and dress are killing it but disagree with the whole effect: the dress isn’t so flattering on her. She loves these silhouettes made for rail thin women, which is too bad because her body is rebelling against these garments (she looks so hippy here and has a nice body).

  • alyce1213

    Would be a WERQ without the stupid icon on the dress. It’s so crummy, looks like the Ecce Homo “restoration” by the old woman in Italy.

    • Have to say, whilst I like the dress a bit more than you, your reference to that hapless ‘restoration’ just cracked me up.

  • Go with your strengths I say. Katy Perry wouldn’t know punk if it spit in her face.
    This might be my favorite look of hers ever, though I’d go with the Coco Chanel adage of removing one crown before leaving the house.

    • sparkleburnout

      For me, this look is tied with the Smurfette dress for best Katy Perry look ever. The heavy metal fingers in the last shot are priceless.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    You know, other than the shoes being a little pedestrian (did you see what I did there?), her look is fabulous for this particular event!

  • elephantasmagoric

    Is this some kind of pun on the original goths? Either way, it’s a damn clever look.

    • Coco Cornejo

      It’s more Byzantine than Gothic.

  • Corsetmaker

    Having the attitude to wear a crown is sticking two fingers up grandly and therefore is totally punk 😀

  • LOVE. IT. This is the first time I’ve not hated these pieces from the D&G runway, and I wholeheartedly support this WERQ.

  • AMEN.

  • Anniebet

    All that lusciousness and my first thought was… “OMG, those aren’t pointy toed shoes! YAY!”

    I thought this Dolce & Gabbana collection was unwearable. Glad I’m wrong.

  • Call me Bee

    Nope. She’s back on the tippy top of my irrational Celeb Extremely Dislike list. (Hate is such a strong word…)

  • quiltrx

    I’m going to go ahead and say (counting for the rest of the posts) that for me, above anything, punk is a state of mind. With that said, I don’t think you had to be literal to get the ‘feel’ of the event.
    Loving this, particularly the goddess-ish hair and makeup. Girl knows how to have fun.

  • PeaceBang

    Oh my god, she did. not.

  • Amelia

    Love everything about this look, but especially the crown and the appropriate deployment of lovely nail art.

  • drdarke

    You can take the Nice Christian Girl out of the Church Choir – but you can’t take the Church Choir out of the Nice Christian Girl.

    Although given her interpretation of “Nice Christian Girl”, I’m sure her Nice Christian Parents desperately wish she’d try….

  • bellafigura1

    Just right, for her, the event, the rise-above factor.

  • formerlyAnon

    Bless you for posting this link. I forget sometimes how young we all were, once.

  • lobsterlen

    Katy Perry is no longer on my irrational hate list for wearing this to the met ball. I am sure she is breathing a sigh of relief at this announcement.

    Now if D&G had used an iconic imagine of Queen Elizabeth I to create a dress similar to this one for Katy to wear to the Met Punk Ball, I would have been throwing rose petals before her as she walked the red carpet for the rest of my life. Why didn’t they make that connection?

  • EEKstl

    Crown and even nail art, uh, nail it. WERQ indeed!

  • Anathema_Device

    Freeing amazing dress and cròwn. Don’t love the stumpifying effect of the male steps, though. I know the isn’t all that punk, but at least she lived up to the over-the-top nature of the Met Gala.

  • She ignored the theme of the night, but looks sensational while doing so. Love the crown!

  • this is so perfect i want to cry. and i see punk in it, mostly in the attitude and jewelry and the playing with classic images.

  • Oh god, I hate her music, but I kind of love her. And this whole look is so good.

  • Melissa Brogan

    I should hate everything about this, but something about showing up wearing shiny beaded religious iconography and a crown to a punk-themed gala like she just doesn’t give a fuck is pretty much amazing. You win this round, Katy Perry.

  • bitterk

    I love this dress but wish the shoes were a bit crazier

  • Danae

    Gorgeous dress on the model. Ruined on the pop star.