Miley Cyrus turned more than a few heads when she walked the red carpet at Sunday’s Grammy Awards at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles wearing an intricately crafted gold gown by John Galliano for Maison Margiela. Her look, styled with gold velvet Tabi split-toe heels (a pair created by Christian Louboutin for Maison Margiela), was constructed entirely from safety pins. The barely-there custom creation was constructed using 14,000 gold safety pins that were strategically placed throughout the look, over the course of 675 hours.
The Maison Margiela safety pin dress that Cyrus wore on Sunday night features an intricate halter neckline, sculptural safety-pin detailing at the bust, a mesh design on the torso, a metal waist sculpture, skeleton hands embellished on the arms, and a mesh skirt with slits. Cyrus wore the imitation netted textile dress without any visible undergarments underneath, creating a stunning sheer overlay effect.
Galliano has used excessive safety pins in his work before, both at Margiela and earlier at Dior. However, Cyrus’s sheer safety pin Grammys dress appears to be directly inspired by a look that was presented during his own eponymous fall/winter 1997 collection.
Cyrus was nominated for six awards at the 2004 Grammy Awards and during the ceremony, her hit song “Flowers” scored her a Grammy (her first) for Best Pop Solo Performance. But, before she hit the stage her dress stopped traffic on the red carpet.
The singer was dressed by celebrity stylist Bradley Kenneth, a close friend and member of Cyrus’ team for over a decade.
Her big beauty moment came courtesy of a dramatic updo of dirty blond tresses styled in voluminous curls that called to mind classic ’70s hair favored by country stars like her mentor and godmother, Dolly Parton. Her makeup was kept simple with muted rose blush accentuating her bronzed cheekbones.
Galliano is, of course, the once-cancelled, now-resurgent fashion genius. His recent Maison Margiela couture show in Paris has been a subject of extreme fascination across social media and the internet ever since it was presented on January 25, and models walked the runway under a full moon by the Seine resembling perfect porcelain dolls with impossibly glowy skin, stunning eyeshadow, penciled-in brows, and bold lips. The porcelain doll makeup was created by legendary makeup artist Pat McGrath and her team at Galliano’s request.