And finally the now-famous robe worn by Rihanna, which took more than two years to complete.
The canary yellow silk cape, inspired by Chinese and French royalty, is hand-embroidered with metallic flowers and trimmed with thick, ochre-hued fur. Guo explains that the singer saw a picture of the dress online and contacted her to ask if she could borrow it for the gala. “I didn’t know much about Rihanna beforehand,” she admits. “When I saw what she looked like, I was worried whether she could wear the cape, because it’s so heavy.” But Rihanna’s presumed instinct–that any discomfort caused by wearing the 25-kilogram robe would be well worth its eye-catching drama–proved spot on. The dress was a showstopper. Its expansive round train was so eye-catching that social media lit up with Photoshopped memes refashioning the dress as a pizza or a jianbing , an egg-crepe snack common in China. The following day it made headlines everywhere.
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