Elizabeth Entenman
Updated January 29, 2018

The looks on the 2018 Grammys red carpet absolutely slayed. Cardi B’s elegant gown made her look like a woodland fairy. Chrissy Teigen’s sparkly dress deserved its own award entirely. And everyone was talking about Andra Day’s outfit. But let’s talk about Lorde’s cherry red dress, one of our favorite looks of the night. She even accessorized it with a matching red flask. Her ensemble was definitely a standout ~lewk~ and everyone took note. But what you may not have noticed was the poem hand-sewn into the back of her dress.

Lorde stitched a poem by feminist artist Jenny Holzer to the back of her red dress. It was a beautiful act of resistance in the era of #TimesUp and #MeToo. But in addition to supporting those two worthy movements, we have a feeling that we know why Lorde chose these words for this night. Lorde was nominated for Album of the Year for Melodrama. She was up against Childish Gambino’s “Awaken, My Love!”, Jay-Z’s 4:44, Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN., and Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic. (Mars won the category.) At the Grammys, it’s customary for the nominees in the Album of the Year category to perform a song. The four men received their stage time. But apparently, the Grammys didn’t offer Lorde the same chance to perform. So we have a feeling that Holzer’s poem is a direct response to that.

Here’s a closeup picture of Jenny Holzer’s poem on Lorde’s dress.

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And here’s what Holzer’s poem says.

Twitter loved Lorde’s DIY act of resistance.


Lorde called it”My version of a white rose.”

Feminist poetry AND a flask? Lorde is our kind of friend. BRB, sewing these powerful words to the back of all of our clothes.