It was impossible not to notice Kendall Jenner when she wafted into the Met Gala draped in a black beaded mesh dress designed by luxe lingerie fashion house La Perla. Want to ensure every single set of eyeballs are on you? Wear this, and do so with a killer smile a la Jenner.
But the internet has been quick to point out that the model’s see-through, floor-length ensemble, with its dangerously low back and slash cut-out on the front, looks like a copy of the barely-there dress that actress Rose McGowan wore to the 1998 MTV Awards.
Kendall Jenner dressed like dollar store rose mcgowan FOR SHAME
— Rikky! Rikki! Rikkè! (@rwxoxo) May 2, 2017
Kendall Jenner is lucky Rose McGowan wasn’t showing her up in 2017 pic.twitter.com/E12InNU4jA
— tiger lily (@wizardashley) May 2, 2017
Ummmmm. While the dresses do have similarities (they’re both black, both mesh-like, both show off a whole lot of bum, both require the utmost confidence), we’re not completely convinced that Jenner is copying McGowan. If anything, Jenner’s dress feels slightly more conservative than McGowan’s, not that it matters. Besides, how old was Jenner in 1998?
There have been plenty of other fashion-forward women who’ve gone for the gauzy, see-through gowns on red carpets past. Like Rihanna’s knit maxi dress in 2014:
And Amber Rose’s silver chain dress in 2014:
All of these women look totally badass, and if they feel happy and comfortable carrying these looks down a red carpet, then all the power to them.
While it’s safe to say that most young Kendall Jenner fans have probably never even heard of Rose McGowan (or Marilyn Manson, whom the actress arrived with to the MTV Awards with that year) until now, but the Twitterverse has, and it is in a serious tizzy.
Here are some more of the reactions to Jenner’s statement-making dress. What do you think of the comparison? Tell us in the comments below or on Twitter @TheLoopCA.
rose mcgowan for the win long before kendall jenner was even a thing pic.twitter.com/4yaBLLo3hY
— mccunty Ƭ̵̬̊ (@mixtapechic) May 2, 2017
Dear Kendall Jenner, Rose McGowan called. She wants her MTV Music Awards dress steamed by close of business Thursday. #metgala
— AKS-P (@AlisonSigman) May 2, 2017
— alyssa kelly (@akelly255) May 2, 2017
Just saw that Kendall Jenner is attempting to pull off a Rose McGowan at the MetGala event thingy, apparently?? 🤔
— -Kira- キラ (@nocturnalstar27) May 2, 2017
“Kendall Jenner serving us reheated Rose McGowan at the VMAs” is the best thing I’ll ever write. #metgala2017
— Alle Connell (@helloalle) May 2, 2017