Liv Tyler was worried about wearing a casual top to the 1999 Met Gala because it “wasn’t really appropriate” for the prestigious fashion event.
The actress, the daughter of Aerosmith frontman Steve Tyler, was invited to the glamorous red carpet event, which had the theme Rock Style, by designer Stella McCartney, the daughter of Beatles legend Paul McCartney, and the duo opted to reference their famous fathers by wearing white one-shoulder tops bearing the words “Rock Royalty”.
The Lord of the Rings star discussed the infamous fashion moment with Vogue to commemorate this year’s Met Gala, which has been indefinitely postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, and revealed that Stella, who was then the creative director of French fashion label Chloe, simply invited her to “an event at the museum”.
Liv paired the customised top with a long black Comme des Garcons skirt, while Stella wore low-rise Chloe trousers, and the Armageddon star was worried about the look.
“I was freaking out about my boobs!” the 42-year-old laughed. “It wasn’t really appropriate that we wore those shirts. Officially, we weren’t following the honours of the dress code. It was very cool and rebellious of Stella… It was an amazing thing, in a way. We were just being ourselves.”
Stella also opened up about the headline-making outfits, revealing that on the morning of the event, she bought a pack of tops from U.S. store Hanes and took them to vintage rock-and-roll shop Filth Mart in New York to get them customised, with her instructing staff to hack off sleeves and add studs and ribbons.
“I didn’t come at it intentionally to be rebellious at all. I didn’t know what people wore,” she explained. “In this day and age, people would really plan it and overthink it intentionally to get attention in the media. And we really didn’t, and that is what is so lovely about it.”