Rachel Sanoff
May 01, 2017 7:06 pm

Janelle Monae is a queen at life, adding roles in two of the most important films of the past year, Hidden Figures and Moonlight, to her already stellar resume as a performer. So it’s not surprising that the android-centric artist continues to be a superior being in everything she does — and that includes bringing her creative style to the Met Gala’s red carpet in a Ralph & Russo design.

At the 2017 gala honoring Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo, founder of fashion brand Comme des Garçons, Janelle Monae arrived looking like a futuristic swan in a gorgeous white gown with black accents. The striking skirt is constructed with layers and layers of white tulle, creating a feathered texture reminiscent of the graceful waterbirds.

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The jewelry on her fingers — with a sheen similar to duct tape — heightens the avant-garde effect of her stunning ensemble.

The swanlike aesthetic continues with the dress’s neckline, so can we please appreciate the black feathers framing her flawless face?

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(If you are a former ballerina like me, I think you’ll also appreciate the nods to the Black and White Swan.)

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The gown’s lacy white bodice features tiny, feathery appliques that almost look like little butterflies landing above the black ribbon around her waist.

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As if the sculpted gown isn’t enough, we are obsessed with Monae’s bejeweled pixie cut and deep red lipstick, which bring a distinct pop of color to an all black-and-white look.

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Once again, Janelle Monae proves she can do no wrong.

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