One of the night’s most artistic creations, the singer’s costume was the work of fashion designer Harris Reid. Known for her fluid repertoire of genders, Reid counts the likes of Harry Styles, Beyoncé, and Conan Gray (who wore one of her designer looks to the event) among celebrity clients.
Reid shared on Instagram that Lil Nas X’s costume came from a collection made from “upcycled materials and 100-year-old upholstery fabrics” from Villa in Italy. Each of the feathers depicted in the head was hand-painted, and Reed worked with designer Vivian Lake to create a giant headdress.
Lil Nas X wore Harris Reid to the 2022 MTV VMAs. This look came from Reed’s 60-year Queen collection. credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images
The ‘Old Town Road’ musician wears metallic pink miniskirts and toile ball gowns, and often blurs the lines between men’s and women’s with his gender-fluid wardrobe. . The VMA outfit was one of his most high-fashion looks ever, but Red was seen holding up his headdress during an interview on his carpet, making it the most difficult to wear. Although he looked like one.
If the look was familiar, it’s because supermodel Iman wore a gold version of the outfit to last year’s Met Gala, accessorizing with dangling earrings and bangles. attended the event wearing one of the feather headpieces, and later wrote on Instagram, “My biggest dream has ever come true.”
This year, Lil Nas X has been nominated for seven VMAs. In it, he won Best Collaboration with rapper Jack Harlow, and the pair’s video won Best Art Direction and Best Visual Effects.