We certainly weren’t the only ones who put Kim Kardashian on our worst dressed lists after Monday night’s Met Gala. After all, let’s be honest: the sofa memes practically made themselves. But designer Riccardo Tisci is sticking staunchly by his vision, telling WWD that the floral, form-fitting, custom Givenchy gown was the perfect mix of romance and rebellion and that Kardashian was “the most beautiful pregnant woman” he has ever dressed.
Tisci also pays lip service to the pieces he designed for Madonna, Debbie Harry, and co-hosts Beyoncé and Rooney Mara, but it’s Kim’s polarizing creation that seems to earn the most heartfelt defense. And while we can’t quite keep Robin Williams’ quippy Mrs. Doubtfire tweet or the couch comparisons from coloring our impressions of the gown, it’s actually pretty touching that the designer isn’t going to let the critics pick on his friend.
Read Tisci’s full defense below and get a full-length look at the dress (and every other Gala gown) here:
“She is a really good friend, and I am very happy she came to the Met for the first time. I love Kim. Doing maternity was fantastic. I wanted to have a Kim Kardashian moment, because Kim always supports me. She is the future wife of a really good friend of mine. I wanted to have a moment of family…Kim, Kanye and the baby. It will be a family that I will be close to. Kim said, ‘Ricky, I love what you’re doing so much, I am in your hands.’ I said, we should give her our punk moment with a romantic beautiful flower-printed dress. I have dressed many pregnant women in the past. People can say what they want. To me, pregnancy is the most beautiful thing in the world, and when you celebrate something, you give people flowers. I think she looked amazing. She was the most beautiful pregnant woman I dressed in my career.”
Hold the phone: did Tisci just break the news of Kim and Kanye West’s engagement?