On Monday, May 6th, the 2019 Met Gala went down at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, and there's no denying that this year, the stars absolutely outdid themselves for the "Camp: Notes on Fashion" theme. From Katy Perry dressing first as a candlestick and later as a burger to Lady Gaga changing four times while walking the carpet, fans didn't know where to turn. It would seem that some drama has ensued though because Kylie Jenner was accused of plagiarism at the 2019 Met Gala by a Canadian designer.
As has become a tradition over the past few years, many members of the Kardashian-Jenner clan were in attendance. Kim Kardashian wore a corseted dress, making her already slim hourglass figure even more noticeable. The crew's Momager, Kris Jenner sported a short platinum wig that made her almost unrecognizable. Of course, two of the most anticipated looks of the night were Kendall and Kylie Jenner. The pair wore absolutely stunning dresses, covered in feathers - one in lavender, and the other in orange.
The sisters turned a lot of heads with their looks this year, but that's not the only attention they've been getting. Kylie's look specifically has been under a lot of scrutiny in Quebec because it's quite similar to the creation of a Quebec burlesque designer and artist.
The artist's name is Lavender May, and she said she was in utter shock when she first saw Kylie's look as it's almost identical to a look she created several years ago. "I wore this dress in 2016 to perform with Dita von Teese at the Montreal Olympia, and I even posted a picture of my sketch on Instagram," she said.
Below, you can compare the two looks for yourself. The one on the left is Lavender May's look from 2016, and on the right is Kylie's 2019 Met Gala outfit, created by Versace. It's easy to see that there are similarities in the silhouette, textiles, and feather placements of the two dresses.
Lavender May is quite well-known in the Quebec burlesque scene for her signature lavender looks, using excess feathers, and the bright lavender hair that accompanies them. The artist said she worked incredibly hard on the dress, and it represents her persona perfectly.
"It was MY dress, made in my image. If I could get married [while] wearing a burlesque creation, that would be it. It's the colour that represents me, the feathers, it's my favourite subject. The skirt comes off, it's a piece with which I can play on stage."
"I found the textiles on St-Hubert. I was super lucky, it was a roll end. I did not have the budget and materials to make the dress exactly like the sketch I put on Instagram in 2016, with the "balls" of fur on the shoulders. Kylie has her balls on her shoulders," explained Lavender May.
Although people were quick to let the designer know on social media, she said she was initially indifferent to the situation.
"At first I was told that and I just [shrugged it off]. I ate my lasagna, I did not care a bit. There I go to see other photos and I realize that it is 'my dress' but better done because it is made by Versace. It's my look, the same shape, the same transparency, the same feathers. In addition, this is not the first time this look is reproduced."
Ultimately though, Lavender May has said that she's more flattered than anything else. She's happy that her ideas are good enough to be copied and even joked that Versace could hire her for a win/win relationship. She has not contacted Versace or Kylie Jenner, and does not intend to do so. Narcity has contacted Versace for feedback and we will update this story when we receive an answer.
If you're a big fan of Lavender's work, be sure to look out for her Instagram and Etsy shops, Lavender May's Closet, launching on May 22nd.
This was originally written for Narcity Quebec by Izabelle Bee.