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All eyes were on Ciara at the 2016 Met Gala.
The “Give Me Love” singer, 30, shined on the red carpet Monday night wearing custom H&M—no real surprise, as she recently sat front row at the label’s Paris Fashion Week show. To complement her risqué, ’20s-inspired gown—and to honor the night’s theme, Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology—Ciara topped off her look with a silver wig. Before she arrived, the pop star shared videos of herself getting ready via Snapchat—using the Met Gala Geofilter, of course. In them, she described her look as “something different” and said it “takes a village” to make it happen.
Ciara’s handmade dress featured pendants of Swarovski crystals hanging from a diamond grid of leaf-like metal chain, with a choker neck and sporty racer back. “I have been a huge fan of H&M for a long time,” she said in a statement, “and I am delighted to have been invited and also had the opportunity to create a unique gown with the team. It has truly been a special experience all the way around.”
Pernilla Wohlfahrt, H&M’s design and creative director, loved how the dress turned out. “We savor every moment in creating these looks for the Met Gala,” she said. “Fashion is our greatest love at H&M, and it’s deeply inspiring to make one-of-a kind outfits for our guests using the most exquisite techniques and detailing.”
By the time she hit the carpet and spoke to E! News’ Catt Sadler, Ciara was rightfully feeling herself. “Tonight is a very fun night, and tonight we get to be bold and have fun in fashion,” she said, reiterating that she was “going all out” for the event. Over the weekend, she and hairstylist César Ramirez decided to do something different with her ‘do. “We kind of decided two days ago that we wanted to have fun with this and not go typical.”
Ciara was sans her fiancé Russell Wilson, but the NFL player was certainly with her in spirit. “He’s not here tonight, but he is getting ready for the season, and I think that’s a better place to be,” she told E! News, flashing her giant ring. “I’ll represent for the team tonight.”
In addition to Ciara, H&M dressed Hailee Steinfeld and Amber Valletta for fashion’s big night. Monday’s outing marked Ciara’s third time attending the annual Costume Institute Gala, having previously turned heads in 2006, 2009 and 2011.