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How designer Kerby Jean-Raymond honored Black culture at the Met Gala

Kerby Jean-Raymond’s custom-designed suit for Lena Waithe (Image Source: Instagram – @kerbito)

We already shared with you some of the pink carpet looks from the 2019 Met Gala, but now it’s time to give a round of applause to our favorite standout look of the night.

Actress, writer and producer Lena Waithe always shuts down the carpet with her thought-provoking statement outfits, and this year was no different.

She attended fashion’s biggest event with Haitian-American fashion designer Kerby Jean- Raymond, founder of label Pyer Moss.

Jean-Raymond designed a custom blue pinstriped suit for Waithe that featured the phrase “Black Drag Queens Invented Camp” on the back. His creative Met Gala ensemble paid homage to iconic rappers. He sported a custom white pinstriped suit, featuring the words, “Fix your credit. Pool money. Buy back the block.”

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That was not all that. His one-of-a-kind suit also highlighted the faces and lyrics of great rappers. The stripes on the suits were formed from the lyrics about economic empowerment from rappers like the late Nipsey Hussle, Tupac, Nas, Jay-Z, J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar. The buttons on the suit were replicas of each of these rappers faces.

Kerby Jean-Raymond’s custom Pyer Moss suit (Image source: Instagram – @kerbito)

“I drew my Met Gala suit about four months ago,” Jean-Raymond said, explaining the inspiration behind his design. “Custom silk ‘Zoot’ blazer with custom lyrical stripes from some of my favorite rappers. Each line is a bar from Nip, Pac, Jay, Nas, Drake, Meek, Cole and Kendrick.”

This marks the first time the designer attended the Met Gala, but we’re sure it won’t be the last.