Tyla makes statement at 2024 Met Gala with sand dress by Balmain

Tyla, the South African singer, is set to make waves at her inaugural Met Gala appearance as she swaps water for sand in a stunning Balmain creation, per vogue.com. Embracing the night’s Garden of Time theme, Tyla’s dress, crafted entirely from sand, embodies the concept of time’s ephemeral nature.

Olivier Rousteing, Balmain’s creative director, was inspired by the idea of transforming a transient material into a timeless masterpiece. “The idea of sculpting a garment from something as ephemeral as sand ignited my imagination,” Rousteing tells Vogue.

Tyla expressed her excitement about the unconventional dress, stating, “When Balmain showed me the idea and sketch, I just knew it was perfect. The idea was crazy, and I loved it.”

Tyla wears a sand sculpture to the 2024 Met Gala/Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

The strapless dress, designed to accentuate Tyla’s figure, features three colours of sand and is adorned with micro-crystal studs that shimmer with her every move. Completing her look, Tyla will carry a Balmain hourglass clutch.

This bold fashion statement follows Tyla’s show-stopping appearance at the 2024 Grammys, where she wore a pistachio Atelier Versace gown. Rousteing praises Tyla as a true fashion icon, stating, “Tyla pushes the boundaries of music in a similar way that I push the boundaries of fashion with Balmain.”

With her avant-garde style and fearless approach to fashion, Tyla is poised to captivate audiences at the 2024 Met Gala and solidify her status as a rising star in the fashion world.

In another nod to time, the Costume Institute’s Spring 2024 exhibition is titled “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion,” promising a journey through fashion’s evolution and timeless allure.

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