The Met Gala red carpet is a parade of the most breathtaking fashion the world has to offer. But behind the glamour, there’s a reality often overlooked—how uncomfortable these outfits can be. Wearing tight corsets, high heels, and big headpieces might look cool, but they can restrict movement during the event. That’s what happened in the case of Kim Kardashian.

Kim Kardashian 
Kim Kardashian in The Kardashians

At the 2024 Met Gala, the mom of four made headlines with her bold outfit choice—a Maison Margiela corset that seemed to defy the norm. But there’s more to the story. Reports emerged about Kardashian’s struggle with the corset. It was designed to sculpt her figure, but it caused her a lot of discomfort. Despite the pain, the 43-year-old continued to wear the corset.

Kim Kardashian Shares Insights on her Met Gala Attire

Kim Kardashian Met Gala outfit
Kim Kardashian Met Gala outfit (Image via her X account/@KimKardashian)

Kim Kardashian‘s outfit at the 2024 Met Gala was a real head-turner. Made by John Galliano for Maison Margiela, it was a shiny silver corset with see-through silver skirt, fitting with the theme of the night, ‘Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion.’

However, the talk of the evening was the short gray cardigan she wore over the corset. People had mixed feelings about it. Some liked that it seemed comfy, while others found it strange.

Anyway, her custom corset was really tight, to the extent that she needed help navigating the steps and even breathing at the Met Gala. A fan’s video posted on X (below) shows how difficult it was for her to move in that stunning outfit.

Despite the discomfort, the Skims founder said in the Vogue feature that she loved how it made her look, expressing, “I’ll feel so snatched, I won’t even be able to communicate to you how snatched I feel.”

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She also talked about another surprising detail in her outfit: the custom Maison Margiela thong that she wore under the sheer skirt. Designer Galliano added it for practical reasons, to make sure everything stayed “covered” and there were no wardrobe malfunctions. The LA native also wore special shoes with clear soles and no heels, designed to keep the skirt from getting caught. Walking in them was tough, she said, comparing it to balancing like a ballerina.

Kim Kardashian’s Fashion Statement Blended Fantasy and Reality

Kim Kardashian (Image via her X account)
Kim Kardashian (Image via her X account)

Despite the challenges, Kim Kardashian believes her outfit fit the ‘Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion’ theme perfectly. She explained that it showed a woman who had a magical night but overslept and needed to rush out.

As for the controversial cardigan, the entrepreneur said it was inspired by her real-life responsibilities, like taking her kids to school. She said in the same Vogue video, “It’s like the real-life me when I go to an event and I have to make it home by 6 a.m. to get to carpool. Real life happens.” 

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Her commitment to balancing work and life was evident when she left the Met Gala right away. Just 18 hours later, Kardashian was in Hamburg, Germany, for a speaking engagement at the OMR Festival. That’s why she skipped the Met Gala after-parties.

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