Is Kim Kardashian’s Met Gala Look A Nod To ‘Donda?’

By Nadja Sayej, Contributor
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 13: Kim Kardashian attends The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Americana theme hits its most poignant spot in the costume worn by Kim Kardashian West, who was decked out in black regalia from head to toe on Monday night at the MET Gala in New York City.

Over the past few weeks, since she attended Kanye West’s listening party for his latest album Donda, she caused a stir wearing an all black Balenciaga bodysuit, looking a bit like Catwoman or maybe even Leigh Bowery.

Here, she Kardashian and West hit the red carpet in probably the most anti-fashion outfits the red carpet has seen in awhile, especially for such candid celebrities: Balenciaga outfits that covered both of their very famous faces.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 13: Kim Kardashian West attends The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue ) Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue

The Twittersphere had thoughts on what it could connect to. One compared her to a Harry Potter villain Dementor, others said she looks like the Grim Reaper, or as Wraith from Lord of the Rings. Others said it showed her as a shadow of her former self.

One truly wonders if its just a body double cosplaying Kardashian as the void on the red carpet.

But the most quixotic reference (besides it being a symbolic reference that her and West could potentially be back together) is that its a symbol of the Donda album cover, which is an all black square.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 13: Kim Kardashian attends The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images) Getty Images

In many ways, her outfit could be seen as a protest, just like the Black Square painting that Russian artist Kazimir Malevich painted in 1915. It caused outrage at the time, as it was referred to as the “zero point of painting,” and the artist tied it to the Suprematism art movement, which hailed simplicity of geometric forms above all else.

Looking back now, art historians hail the Black Square as one of the most important works of modern art. Malevich said it was “emptiness of a liberated nothing.”

A journalist passes by Kazimir Malevichs painting "Black Suprematist Square" at the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow on November 18, 2015. Art experts in Russia say they have discovered two earlier paintings hidden under a monochrome masterpiece by Kazimir Malevich, and an inscription by the Russian avant-garde artist that may shed light on the meaning of the work. AFP PHOTO / YURI KADOBNOV (Photo credit should read YURI KADOBNOV/AFP via Getty Images) AFP via Getty Images

As Malevich also said about the black square: “Before us is nothing but a black square on a white background! Man's skull represents the same infinity for the movement of conceptions. It is equal to the universe, for in it is contained all that sees in it.”

With the Americana theme of this year’s Met Gala, a celebration of “American fashion.” Note: Balenciaga is a fashion house based in Paris. According to the curator of the MET’s Costume Institute, American fashion is undergoing “a renaissance.” (Really, with fast fashion still in high production?).

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 13: Kim Kardashian attends The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/MG21/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue ) Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue

Kardashian’s outfit outwits them all, as the ultimate think piece of the night.

As Malevich said: “In art there is a need for truth, not sincerity.” A century later, it still rings true.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 13: Kim Kardashian West attends The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/MG21/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue ) Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue

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