Regina King’s Met Gala Gown Was Inspired by These Fashion Icons

Regina King’s 2019 Met Gala gown was inspired by not one, but two legendary icons.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, the If Beale Street Could Talk star, 48, discussed this year’s Costume Institute Gala and admitted that she was initially stumped by the theme, “Camp: Notes on Fashion,” which is inspired by Susan Sontag’s esteemed essay.

“First thing that came to mind was Dynasty,” King said.

So, she turned to Oscar de la Renta designers Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim who drew inspiration from choreographer Busby Berkeley, along with 1930s actress Nina Mae McKinney, who starred in the film Hallelujah.

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“They are different eras, but tonally they are similar,” King added, referring to the two icons.

Once they had their muses, Garcia and Kim combined styles from the two eras using a whole lot of sequins. “Regina’s gown is incredibly sculptural, inside and out,” they noted. “It’s built with double corsetry under lamé with Vermicelli sequining, crystals, and glass silver-lined caviar beads inside metallic cup sequins.”

And yes, the outfit was created to have a 360-degree wow factor. “Every angle, every pose will capture a new element,” Garcia and Kim said.

Mission accomplished.